Noir thriller Impunity, the latest film by South African director Jyoti
Mistry, will be screened at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs
from 16 to 26 July 2015, giving audiences a sneak preview prior to the film’s
release in August. This follows the screening of the film in the Contemporary World
Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a Special Crimes Unit investigator Dingande Fakude
(Desmond Dube) and a local police detective and trained psychologist Naveed Khan
(Vaneshran Arumugam), who find themselves caught up in political corruption and
conspiracy when they investigate the gruesome murder of a cabinet minister’s
daughter, found in an exclusive African safari resort after a party celebrating her
engagement to a rising political star.
A young couple, Derren (Bjorn Steinbach) and Echo (Alex McGregor), who were
working as waiters at the engagement party, are taken in for questioning by the
two lawmen. As they begin to piece events together, it becomes clear that there is
much more to the high-profile murder case than first imagined. The two uncover a
trail of murders and are faced with a moral dilemma involving the new political
With the themes of corruption and brutality at its centre, Impunity is a
profound investigation into contemporary South Africa and the seat of power. The
film has been lauded for it rich visual language, which features picturesque
beachfronts and bushveld, intercut with harsh CCTV footage.
Impunity is produced by Shadowy Meadows Productions and Bioskope
Pictures, with cinematography by Eran Tahor.