Thursday, August 12, 2004

Malunde part of Black Starz on US TV

Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Black STARZ! announced that its widely celebrated Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), featuring award- winning films from Africa and the African Diaspora, will return to the US channel for its seventh year. One of the 4 movies featured will be the South African drama Malunde.

In "Malunde," an unlikely friendship forms between two survivors of the Apartheid era: Wonderboy, an eleven-year-old trying to survive on the streets of Johannesburg, and Kobus, a former soldier of the apartheid army, now shiftless and unemployed.

Their lives become inextricably intertwined when Wonderboy, fleeing from crack dealers, uses Kobus' van as his getaway vehicle. Kobus continuously tries to rid himself of the "little gangster," but Wonderboy's street smarts and Kobus' paternal instincts ultimately keep the pair together and pave the way for an unexpected journey. Directed by Stefanie Sycholt. Winner of six awards at the 2001 Avanti (South African Film) Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actor.


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