Three Indigenous films at DIFF


Johannesburg-based Indigenous Film Distribution is showcasing three new titles at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) between 21 and 31 July 2011.

Opening night film Otelo Burning is written by Sara Blecher, James Whyle and The Cast Workshop, produced and directed by Blecher (Surfing Soweto) and executive produced by Kevin Fleischer and Zanele Mthembu. Filmed on location in Durban, Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in Lamontville in1989.

How to Steal 2 Million, written and directed by Charlie Vundla stars Menzi Ngubane, Rapulana Seiphemo, Terry Pheto, Hlubi Mboya and John Kani. It is set in Johannesburg’s wealthy northern suburbs and explores the underbelly of the rich and powerful.

Viva Riva! is written and directed by Congolese filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga. The film is produced by Bors van Gils, Michael Goldberg, Djo Tunda Wa Munga and co-produced by Big World Cinema’s Steven Markovitz. The thriller explores the rise and fall of Riva, a Congolese smuggler who makes a fortune overnight and is then hunted down in Kinshasa. The film scooped the inaugural Best African Film Award at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

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