Righting a wrong
Though South African producer-director Xoliswa Sithole, a BAFTA and Peabody awards winner, grew up in what was then Rhodesia, today’s Zimbabwe, the childhood environment she remembers was as restrictive as apartheid South Africa’s. “I never saw a single black face on TV,” said the 50-year-old, who was a member of the jury at the Chengdu film festival. “The only time we met white kids was in school.”
Sithole, who returned to South Africa following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, thinks BRICS, which accounts for 40 percent of the global population and over 20 percent of the global GDP, is an opportunity for the five developing countries to shift the dynamics in global consciousness.
Sithole also thinks BRICS filmmakers have a responsibility to make cinema and art accessible to ordinary people. “Take art out of the preserve of the elite. In South Africa, for instance, it was white male territory for so long.