Two SA filmmakers to showcase at Cannes Film Festival

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A man wearing a hat passes by the official poster of the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals main entrance in Cannes.
A man wearing a hat passes by the official poster of the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals main entrance in Cannes.
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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.

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.

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