New film school for ex-prisoners to be launched in Pretoria
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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:22

A new and pioneering film and broadcasting school predominantly catering for ex-offenders, unemployed women and people with disabilities will be launched at the Encore Theatre in Hatfield, Pretoria on 2 June 2017.

The Graceland School of Film and Broadcast Media is a non-profit public institution which aims to reduce crime in communities, through the active provision of education and training in the field of film, radio and television. The mission of Graceland is to contribute positively towards rehabilitation and the reintegration of former inmates into society, and to produce multi-skilled and competent filmmakers, writers, producers and broadcasters.

According to Basil Dube, the chief executive officer and founder of the school, the project is the outcome of an intensive process of discussion and engagement with various organisations and institutions including Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Black Writers Guild of South Africa, Sciences Academy and the Department of Correctional Services.

“It has taken us almost ten years to experiment and finally establish this development training academy. Graceland is the perfect platform to launch new creative talent and develop fresh content for the various media platforms across South Africa. I would like to thank our sponsors and partners for believing in my dream which seemed almost impossible a decade ago,” said Dube.

According to Dube the school will offer diverse academic and media courses including Grade 12, ICT courses, film and television production, documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, radio production, digital animation, business studies, audio production and engineering.

About two hundred students will be enrolled for the current academic year.

Registration is free and open. Interested ex-offenders and parolees can contact Bheki Mzizi for application forms or contact Basil Dube for more information on 012 549 1135 or 079 905 0726.

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