The dawn of Zulu film

2013-10-24 00:00

IT’S been described as the first-ever all-black feature film, a 60-minute film shot in Zululand in 1927, titled Siliva the Zulu.

From the beginning of the century, there had been a flourishing film industry in South Africa, but the films made were all about whites, with blacks featured either as savage enemies or faithful servants. “Siliva is unique as the first fiction film made in South Africa, and probably in the whole of Africa, to be exclusively about blacks,” says Davis.

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