Khalo Matabane’s The Number heads to the Pan African Film Festival in LA


The Number, directed by Khalo Matabane, will have its United States premiere at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles on Saturday, 10 February 2018.  Established over 25 years ago, PAFF is dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent.

Khalo Matabane said, “The selection of The Number by the Pan African Film Festival is a recognition of the importance and relevance of our South African story to people of African descent, and the African diaspora at large. We look forward to sharing this unique story at PAFF.”

The Number is a tale of the nigh-impossible redemption of high-ranking Magadien, a Magistrate of the 28’s, one of the notorious Numbers prison gangs.  It charts his journey as a man who finds his humanity –  from being a hardened prisoner, loyal to his gang, to him turning his back on them and the criminal way of life; to choosing his family and building a relationship with his son.

The Number received acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival where it had its World Premiere in September last year.

The film was shot in Durban, KwaZulu Natal and features 35 ex-offenders from Kwa Mashu and Wentworth who gave incredible performances, giving a strong authenticity to the world of the story.

The film has been licensed to the United States, Japan and other territories, and it will be presented to buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

The Number will be released in South Africa later this year.


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