‘Litsha tale put on silver screen

2017-03-16 06:03
Justice Is Justice director and producer Dr Khaya Maseko addressing those in attendance at the launch.PHOTOs: elvis nyelenzi & LINDILE MBONTSI

Justice Is Justice director and producer Dr Khaya Maseko addressing those in attendance at the launch.PHOTOs: elvis nyelenzi & LINDILE MBONTSI

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The audience gasped in excitement and appreciation as a jam-packed Artscape Theatre was the venue for an historic moment in South African cinema.

This was the launch of a township produced movie titled “Justice Is Justice”, written and directed by apostle Dr Khaya Maseko. It was shot and edited in township studios.

A typical South African story of a family feud that drives the main character from rags to riches.

Maseko said this was a story of traditions and modernity, of self belief and those of common practice.

“A story of survivals and courage, of love and victory. Forced into marriage as a second wife, she becomes an object of scorn and jealously. After the death of her husband, she becomes suspect number one and so she flees to the City,” he said.

Maseko said his inspiration was from seeing the youth, particularly from Khayelitsha in a state of hopelessness, with nothing to hold on to.

“ Then I started thinking of ways of getting them interested in something besides sports and music that can make an impact in their lives.

“Something that can make an ordinary township child become celebrated, provoking and triggering their talents. Then I thought a movie is something that can work, this will help make use of the energy they have in useful things.

“We did not compromise in making this movie...it’s of quality and its raising the standard. Something from the dusty streets of Khayelitsha by Khayelitsha,” he added.

Judging by reception the movie received, one can sense that indeed Dr Maseko is spot on.

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