Q&A TAKES CENTER STAGE AT WORLD PREMIERE OF WONDERBOY FOR PRESIDENT
Written by: Xolisani Khumalo
Wonderboy for President is a South African star-studded feature film and a political satire about the African National Congress (ANC) and the current political landscape of South Africa.
JournalismIziko attended the world premiere of Wonderboy for President at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) on Friday at the Durban Playhouse.
After the film screening, the audience had a chance to ask the filmmakers and cast of questions.
“Why did you choose to focus on just one political party do you think that that’s fair?” a filmmaker from Cape Town asked John Barker, the director of Wonderboy for President. “And do you think you represented black people fairly in your film,” she added.
Kagiso Lediga, who is both producer and lead actor in the film, quickly snatched the microphone from Barker and swore at the lady “for making them out to be stupid”.
“I made this film, I put my money in this film don’t think cause John is white that I didn’t contribute anyhow. If I thought he was representing blacks unfairly I would have not acted I am not stupid,” expressed Lediga.
The lady also mentioned that there was no redeeming black political figure in the film as most were portrayed as corrupt. She built her argument around the fact that the film is about black politicians even though white South Africans wrote the film.
Barker eventually got a chance to respond to the lady’s question and this is what he said.
“I don’t think blacks were unfairly represented as the movie has a white girl who gives oral sex for a story and a white assassin,” argued Barker.
Among the people who spoke were local comedians David Kau and Loyiso Gola who also has a cameo in the film.
“I will not respond in an angry manner or swear at you like my friend did but this is what I will say, stop babysitting black people we are okay,” said Gola.
Kau who was in the audience made a point about how expensive it is to make a movie of that nature as funding isn’t easy to come by.
“South Africa has more than 40 political parties if you’re rich and are a director as you say, then by all means please do a satire on all 40 of them no one will stop you,” said Kau.
DIFF continues until Sunday, the 26th June.
*Caption: Kagiso Lediga stars in Wonderboy for President