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08 November 2009

The Best Films from Tri-Continental Film Festival

Media Release - Received by DFA on 2 November 2009

26 October, 2009


Four films topped the audience awards at this year’s 7th Tri Continental Film Festival screened at Cinema Nouveau and Ster-Kinekor, beating off 49 other titles in the nominated categories of Best International Documentary, Best South African Documentary, Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

Holly Lubbock’s Fezeka’s Voice was voted as the Best International Documentary. This inspirational film tells the story of the Fezeka High School choir and their journey of a lifetime from Gugulethu in Cape Town to England to take part in the Salisbury Arts Festival. Resonating with audiences around the country, Fezeka’s Voice received an overwhelming number of votes.
Once again, local documentary films about music and musicians also proved popular with the festival audience. This year, Lloyd Ross’s The Silver Fez about the world of Cape Malay choirs and the personalities that compete to be crowned champions, was chosen as the Best South African Documentary.

The Best Feature Film award was unanimously awarded to Skin, the compelling and moving true story of Sandra Laing, a black woman born to a white family in South Africa during the height of Apartheid. Skin premiered at the Johannesburg leg of the Tri Continental Film Festival at which Laing herself was a guest.

In the category Best Short Film, audiences selected Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here by Bhekumuzi Sibiya, one of a number of emerging filmmakers featured at the Tri Continental Film Festival.

“The Tri Continental Film Festival features would not have been possible without the funding of The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC, The National Film and Video Foundation, The Goethe Institut, The French Embassy, French Institute of South Africa, The Cape Film Commission and Timberland,” said festival director Zivia Desai. “Our heartfelt thanks to these funders and our partner organizations.”


Issued by:
Total Exposure

On behalf of:
Ster-Kinekor Theatres

About Cinema Nouveau:
As a sub-division of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, Cinema Nouveau operates 45 screens, 11 digital cinemas houses and has almost 5 000 seats in 7 sites, spreading over Joburg, Cape Town and Durban. Cinema Nouveau holds the prestige of being one of the worlds only dedicated “art cinema” chains, screening ‘art’ titles from cultures all over the world. It is a differentiated cinema experience and a destination for the discerning film lover, whose passion is the beauty and artistry of the art of film. Cinema Nouveau sites can be found in the following regions:

About Ster-Kinekor Theatres:

With over 400 screens and 60 000 seats, Ster Kinekor Theatres is the largest cinema exhibitor in South Africa, operating 31 Ster-Kinekor Junction value cinemas and 16 Ster-Kinekor Classic cinemas countrywide. Ster-Kinekor Theatres operates the only dedicated “art” circuit in the world—Cinema Nouveau with 7 cinemas countrywide.

Having introduced 3D cinema in South Africa, Ster-Kinekor Theatres boasts 7 state of the art 3-D screens in South Africa at The Zone, Rosebank; Sandton City, Sandton; Irene Village Mall, Centurion; Brooklyn, Pretoria; East Rand Mall, Johannesburg; Cavendish Square, Cape Town and Gateway, Durban.

Through an extensive partnership with Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, Ster-Kinekor Theatres is committed to offering affordable entertainment. The award-winning Ster-Kinekor Movie Club boasts over 2 million members and rewards members with moviemoola, Half-Price Tuesdays and a personalized Moviemail newsletter.

Ster-Kinekor Theatres – Always Better on Our Big Screen

About the Tri-continental Film Festival:

TheTri Continental Film Festival is South Africa's premier human rights film festival. It has been running since 2003. Films showcased on the festival are mainly from Africa, Asia and Latin America and deal primarily with human rights issues. Every year a number of international filmmakers visit the Festival to present their films to audiences in the form of Q and A sessions and master classes. The Festival also runs an outreach programme in association with institutions and community organisations around South Africa.

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