KZN Film Commission shines spotlight on women filmmakers at Cannes

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The official Cannes 2022 poster. ( © Paramount Pictures Corporation – Jim Carrey, The Truman Show by Peter Weir / Graphic design © Hartland Villa)
The official Cannes 2022 poster. ( © Paramount Pictures Corporation – Jim Carrey, The Truman Show by Peter Weir / Graphic design © Hartland Villa)
  • The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) will participate in the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
  • Two emerging women filmmakers' works will be showcased at the Pavilion Afriques.
  • The Valley of a Thousand Hills by Bonita Sithebe and God's Work produced by Sithabile Mkhize were selected to form part of the delegation.


Two South African women filmmakers will showcase their work at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) announced in a press statement that they will participate in the 75th edition of the prestigious film festival, which runs from 17 - 27 May.

"The KwaZulu Natal Film's participation is at the Pavilion Afriques, which creates a unique venue for movie and trade promotion while outlining the diversity of African cinema," reads the statement.

The Valley of a Thousand Hills by Bonita Sithebe and God's Work produced by Sithabile Mkhize were selected after an open call to the industry inviting emerging filmmakers to form part of the KZNFC delegation.

As per our strategic goals of empowering the youth and women in the industry in the telling of their stories, Ms Sithebe and Ms Mkhize's projects stood out, and we are confident that they will achieve the objectives they have set in attending the festival.
Jackie Motsepe, KZN Film Commission's Chief Operations Officer.


The Valley of a Thousand Hills is written and directed by Sithebe stars Mandisa Vilakazi and Sbongokuhle Nkosi.

It tells the story of Nosipho, a young woman from a conversation village who must choose between her family and true love.

"A loving daughter held up as an example in her community, with a domineering father who has chosen a potential husband for her, but her soulmate and one true love is a woman," reads a synopsis for the film.

God's Work, written and directed by Michael James and produced by Sithabile Mkhize, centres on four homeless friends who are caught between their hardships and being swallowed up in the process.

"The film is a profound and satirical exploration of the human beings that exist on the margins of society, reads the statement.

In addition to the films, a panel on the South African/UK co-production Stolen will be hosted by Jackie Motsepe, KZN Film Comission COO.

It stars Christine Adams, Jimmy Jean Louis, Noxolo Dlamini and Danielle Harold. The story centres around Seline, whose life takes a tragic turn when her teenage daughter Tenika is involved in a fatal shooting while on holiday in South Africa.

Filming begins in London and continues in Durban in July 2022.


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