Award-winning ‘Izulu Lami’ to open Durban film festival

2009-06-15 00:00

CELEBRATING its landmark 30th edition, South Africa’s longest-running movie showcase, the Durban International Film Festival (Diff), will open with Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), directed by Madoda Ncayiyana and shot in Durban.

Written by Durban filmmakers and scriptwriters Julie Frederikse and Ncayiyana, Izulu Lami tells the story of two young children who leave their rural homestead after their mother’s death and wind up on the streets of Durban.

“What is unique and compelling are the performances of the young children who star in the film,” said Frederikse, who co-produced the film for Durban’s Vuleka Productions with Johannesburg’s Dv8 Films. “A film starring children needs a really good director to make it work and Madoda formed a strong bond with these children, who were all first-time actors.”

Izulu Lami has been wowing audiences overseas, where it picked up the Dikalo best feature film prize at the International Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France, and the audience award and best actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase at the Tarifa International Pan African Film Festival in Spain.

DV8 Films’ other new film, Shirley Adams, directed by Oliver Hermanus, will have its world premiere at the festival.

Alongside a strong selection of South African and African films, Diff 2009 will present some of last year’s finest French films, as well as special programmes of Palestinian and Indian cinema.

diff: when and where is it?

THE Durban International Film Festival takes place from July 23 to August 2 at cinemas and other venues throughout Durban. The complete selection and schedule will be released in early July. For more information, visit

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