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Saturday, June 4, 2016


(Jai’prakash Sewram who studied at Hilton College)

The teaser trailer for the bilingual (Afrikaans/English) drama, My Father’s War, was released on May 16 and can be seen at

Produced by Peter Lamberti who went to Amanzimtoti Primary and Kingsway High in Durban, this drama focuses on the broken relationship between a father and his rebellious teenage son.

The film is set in 2003 and 19-year-old Dap Smit (Edwin van der Walt) is constantly fighting with his father, Dawid (Stian Bam), a veteran of the Border War. The men don’t see eye to eye on anything, and there seems to be no hope for reconciliation between them. Dawid’s wife, Karina (Erica Wessels) is caught in the middle of their epic battle.

Then Dap has a series of dreams in which he is a combat soldier in the Border War in the 1980s. There he meets his father at the same age, and those dreams turn young Dap’s perception – and life – completely upside down. There’s no going back. But what is the way forward?

The film combines the theme of a broken relationship with the Border War through instrumental dream sequences and overcomes the gap between a father and his son even though the war occurred almost thirty years ago.

Director, Craig Gardiner says: “Each dream was created to facilitate the unfolding story. Therefore, there are no gratuitous battle scenes. Rather, the war dreams are microcosms of real events married with fiction in order to reveal character or advance the storyline – little ‘mini-stories’ within the bigger story.”

The war has been used as a creative device to drive the story of the father and son towards a conclusion,” Gardner continues. “We purposely do not take a moral standpoint on the conflict itself. This is not a Border War movie – it is a relationship drama, which is at the core of virtually every successful movie. And My Father’s War centres on the broken relationship between a father and his son.”

The film will reach a broad audience and especially those touched by the war: soldiers, wives, husbands, children and parents. It will bring back memories, exorcise ghosts and help to bring more understanding and emotional healing to viewers – even those who had absolutely nothing to do with the war. Any parent and child will be able to relate to it on a personal level.

Also appearing in the film are Jai’prakesh Shewram, who studied at Hilton College, as well as actors Neels Clasen, Hannes Muller, Meren Reddy, Fumani Shilubana, Vian Singleton and David Rees.

My Father’s War releases nationwide in film theatres on 5 August 2016 and is produced by Lion Mountain Films and distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

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