Thursday, September 02, 2004

South Africans attend the Zimbabwe International Film Festival

South Africans attending the Ziff are Jeremy Nathan, Sechaba Morojele, Rudzani Dzuguda, Zulfah Otto-Sallies, Dan Jawitz and Tambudzai Madzimure.

Nathan is one of South Africa's most lauded and respected film producers. He has produced such hits as Jump the Gun.

Nathan is currently the executive producer of Dv8 (Responsible for Forgiveness and Max and Mona), and will be coming to present a seminar on "Dv8 - a model for film making in Africa."

Morojele is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Institute for Drama and the American Film Institute. He has recently garnered a multitude of awards for his short film "Ubuntu's Wounds".

The film focuses on a South African man's struggle to face his past when old wounds are opened during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

In addition to being a director, Morojele is also well-known for his work in front of the camera, having played leading roles in films like Dangerous Ground (with Elizabeth Hurley and Ice Cube) and Panic Mechanic.

Ubuntu's Wounds is being featured in the Short Film Competition Section at ZIFF 2004.

Dzuguda is the director of the Project 10 documentary Mix. He is very active in the South African arts community and is one of the country's up-and-coming film making talents.

Otto-Sallies is a highly-respected film director, producer and scriptwriter. She has been instrumental in the development of independent filmmakers in the Cape region. She is also director of Raya, one of six short films released as Mama Africa and of the Project 10 documentary Through the Eyes of My Daughter.

Otto-Sallies is currently director of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival.

Jawitz is a leading film and television content distributor in Southern Africa who boasts ofseveral years' experience in film marketing. Jawitz has recently been contracted by the Film Resource Unit to market the Project 10 documentary series. Jawitz is planning to attend ZIFF as a representative of the Project 10 series, and to present a panel discussion on the "South African Film Industry: 10 Years On".

Madzimure is the acting director of the Southern Africa Communications for Development (Sacod) Independent Producers organisation.

She has worked in the film industry in southern Africa for over five years, and is actively involved in working with producers in the region to create training and networking opportunities.

Several Sacod members will be presenting their films at ZIFF and Sacod will be heavily involved in the Film Forum workshops.