Material’s international push


The South African dramedy, Material, directed by Craig Freimond and starring popular comedian Riaad Moosa, will have its international premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada on 30 August.

In addition Material will screen at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea in October and is expected to have its European, Asian and Middle East premieres towards the end of the year.

Material, which proved a big hit at the local box office, is a warm, funny and emotional look at the struggles of a Muslim family facing the modern world. The film explores destiny, responsibility and what family really means. It is entirely set in the Indian enclave of Forsdburg, Johannesburg.

Says producer Ronnie Apteker: “We are very excited about being able to take the film to Montreal are embarking on a whole new journey internationally. Hopefully we will find some success out there.’

The film played to local cinema audiences for an astonishing 15 weeks earlier this year and is currently available of DVD.

Comments Moosa: “The themes in the film are universal, it is a story that resonated with everyone. I hope the international audiences will respond as well as the audiences back home.’

Moosa has just wrapped filming on the screen adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, where he plays Ahmed Kathrada alongside British stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.


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