South African feature film Uhlanga The Mark is scheduled to screen at various film festivals taking place in the UK, Italy and Germany before the end of November.
The film will screen in London as part of the FilmAfrica Festival taking place from 1 to 11 November. By virtue of winning the Verona African Film Award in Zanzibar, Uhlanga The Mark has also qualified for the Verona Film Festival taking place from 16 to 25 November in Italy.
In October the film screened as the opening film at the Africa-in-Motion Film Festival taking place from 25 to 2 November in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with director Ndaba ka Ngwane conducting a Director’s Masterclass at the University of Edinburgh (College of Art) on 26 October.
The film also screened in ZUFF Potsdam in Germany during the month of October.
“When we made the film, we just wanted to tell an authentic South African story. Winning five awards at Zanzibar and taking part in the Durban International Film Festival was a great achievement for us. Now getting invitations from five overseas countries is incredible. I’m very emotional right now when I think about the difficult journey of making Uhlanga. I have no doubt in my mind that KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa is very proud of our achievement. Our production team and cast are really humbled by this success. The international film community sees and appreciates the authenticity and commitment displayed by our young actors. We are eternally grateful to all our stakeholders for being part of our journey,” says Ndaba.
Uhlanga The Mark follows three young rural teenagers through their daily struggles of prejudice, poverty, abuse and their triumphs as they keep their heads up in the face of death and destruction. Khaba Mkhize’s life is turned upside down at the tender age of nine when he watches helplessly as his father is doused with gasoline and burned to death. The family has witnessed some villagers being incarcerated in the tribal court for weeks on end and beaten, starved, and tortured in order to extract a confession. They live in fear and unsure of waking up in one piece.
The film stars Sbonel Mbuthu also well known as “SBo Da Poet” whose distinct Zulu poetry has also been used by SABC 1 drama series Zone 14 as a soundtrack as well as popular Ukhozi FM presenter Linda Sibiya.
(Source: National Film and Video Foundation) uhlanga-the-mark-to-premiere-in-the-uk-italy