Local film goes to international documentary festival

2014-11-17 14:58

South African environmental documentary The Shore Break has been selected among 15 other films to compete in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, arguably the world’s largest and most prestigious documentary film festival.

The award-winning young film maker’s investigative work highlights the struggles of Nonhle, a young Pondo woman living on the Wild Coast, as an Australian mining company prepares to cut through her people’s homeland and burial sites with a highway that will allow them to carry out damaging dune-mining excavations.


Nonhle is determined to protect her ancestral land by calling for ecotourism as a better option for her community.

But others are in favour of the mining development.

Her cousin sides with the Australian miners, saying it will bring jobs and infrastructure. But Nonhle feels those basic necessities should not come at the expense of her home.

The Shore Break is the only South African film in contention, but other doccies with a local connection are Beasts of the Antonov produced by Steven Markowitz; The Dream of Shahrazad by Francois Verster; The Other Mann by Naashon Zalk; and Unearthed by Jolynn Minnaar.

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