DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH RESUMES
Written by: Shanice Pillay and Preleen Pillay
The hashtag ‘fresh take’ and 10 days of DIFF, will be trending in the month of July as the hype for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched Monday.
Guest speakers included director of DIFF David Wamaahlamela, Head of Durban Film Office, Toni Monty and DIFF Manager Chipo Zhou.
“The Durban FilmMart aims to provide an affective platform in Durban and to raise the visibility of African cinema,” said Monty.
Zhou spoke briefly on the programming and what will be expected on each day; about 74 films will be screened most of which are South African productions.
“I’m pleased to announce that the films for the opening and closing of the DIFF are both South African productions. The opening film which is ‘Serpent’ directed by Amanda Evans, and the closing film is ‘Asinamali’ directed by Mbongeni Ngema.
Asinamali was adapted from Mbongeni Ngema’s Broadway production on the prison yard of Robben Island, a man named Nelson Mandela told Msizi Dube “Go and do it for all of us, for all our people”.
Lamontville Township residents, with anger and passion in their hearts, demonstrated against proposed rent increases and led the crowds with a cry of ASINAMALI – We have no money. Dube was later gunned down but his cause and mission had touched the hearts of millions.
Serpent unwraps during a romantic escape to nature which turns into the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent, with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confession of truth. The couple find themselves spiralling into a dark and dangerous space, of which only one can escape.
“I’m excited about this year’s event, it’s a lot more controlled. I’m looking forward to the viewing of Serpent to see how their special effects have come into play or is it a real Black Mamba,” said Clive Read, producer from Handmade Productions.
Teboho Peterson from KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission said that he is excited about the upcoming festival.
“We are involved in the project much more intensely much more than the year before with DIFF and (DFM), we very excited to be part of the launch and the programming, it also goes hand in hand with our mandate to develop the industry,” said Peterson.
The festival will take place from 13th to 23rd July 2017 at Elangeni Hotel, North Beach.
*Caption: From left to right – Head of Durban Film Office, Toni Monty, Director of Durban International Film Festival David Wamaahlamela, and Durban International Film Festival Manager Chipo Zhou.