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Wednesday, July 17, 2019


(Young stars of “Izulu Lami”, Sobahle Mkhabase & Sbonelo Malinga)

Durban director Madoda Ncayiyana’s acclaimed isiZulu language film Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), which opened the Durban International Film Festival in 2009, will have a free screening in the “Decade Throwback” programme in this year’s 40th edition of DIFF.

Izulu Lami will be screened on Monday, July 22 at 13h00 at the Maharani Hotel. Director Ncayiyana and producer Julie Frederikse will be in attendance to introduce the feature film and answer questions afterwards.

Filmed in rural KwaZulu-Natal and on the streets of eThekwini, Izulu Lami is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption. It was also one of the first ever Zulu-language feature films, so popular that it stayed on circuit in Durban for three months. Its awards include the Cannes Pan-African Film Festival’s Dikalo Award and other Best Feature Film awards at festivals in Kerala, India; Verona, Italy; Tarifa, Spain; Zanzibar; and an African Movie Academy Award.

(Left: Madoda Ncayiyana)

Ncayiyana’s next feature film, Love Handles, is a romantic comedy about a full-figured woman who mixes traditional Zulu dance and with modern moves, Love Handles, will be shot in KZN in 2020, produced by Vuleka Productions and Videovision.

“An extraordinary work of great power… a vision of the lives of children that I cannot recall seeing in any other South African-made film.” - Sunday Times (Johannesburg)
"The acting is superb ... a real cinematic gem."- The Witness (Pietermaritzburg)
“Ticks all my boxes for a great film: it made me laugh, it made me cry, and I fell in love with the male lead, Chii-Bite.” - Colette Francis, SA Civil Society News
“This Durban-grown film has caused a stir wherever it has been shown around the world.”- Sunday Independent
“South Africa’s answer to Slumdog Millionaire has made stars of poor children.David Smith, Guardian, UK
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