The hybrid feature documentary, Alison, has secured a theatrical
release with distribution company Black Sheep Films. The film is directed by Uga
Carlini from Towerkop Creations and made in association with kykNET Films, the
Department of Trade and Industry, the National Film and Video Foundation and
Waterfront Film Studios.
The film is based on events which occurred in December 1994, when two men raped, stabbed and disembowelled Alison Botha after abducting her from outside her home in Port Elizabeth. Left for dead by her attackers, Botha survived and went on to publish a book, I Have Life. She was one of the first South Africans to publicly speak out about being raped, and has become a much-loved motivational speaker in the years that followed.
Twenty years after the attack, Botha shares with audiences her thoughts and
feelings on being her own hero on her terms; how trauma is ongoing and how she
fights to keep it at bay. An outreach campaign, The Safe Room, is planned to
coincide with the life of the film.
Its a big moment when you share something that you really believe in with others
a little nervous at what their reaction will be. And that moment becomes
significant and pivotal when they choose to believe in it too, says Botha.
The film will feature many real-life heroes from that night, as well as the acting
talents of Christia Visser, Zak Hendrikz, De Klerk Oelofse and Francois Maree.