Cape Town - Award-winning actor and TV presenter, Thembisa Mdoda (36) joins Sisanda Henna (36) as associate producer on his upcoming international film, Coltan.
Coltan is an action thriller, partly set in the backdrop of Congo and South Africa.
This film tells the compelling story of Congolese workers who mine Coltan, a rare dull metallic mineral when is refined to produce tantalum used for the production of mobile phones.
“This story is very close to my heart and it took me seven years to write the screenplay and to kick the project off the ground,” says Sisanda.
Sisanda, who is also close friends with Thembisa says he is excited to be partnering up with “a woman of her calibre to execute this project.”
He holds Thembisa with high regard and respects her as a mother, friend and an up and coming producer.
“Thembisa brings exceptional talent and a fresh perspective to this project. A film of this size definitely takes a team to pull off. The right combination of talent and creatives, is the formula for an international blockbuster,” explains Sisanda
Thembisa is just as thrilled to be part of the production.
“International blockbusters require a lot of resources and a big budget so that the end product is world-class and can be marketable globally. The topical and relevant storyline will ensure resonance for a global audience,” she adds.
The story exposes the controversies around the mining of Coltan in Congo and is expected to have international cats.
The South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) also gave the film thumbs up CEO Shadrack Bokaba says they feel encouraged to fund collaborative films that tell African stories. And Thembisa is also thrilled to be part of the project.
“I am so inspired, especially when the NFVF support the dream and see the vision. Working with Sisanda has been a learning curve and so is enlightening,” she says.
The film also promises to star some award-winning Hollywood actors and a release date has not yet been set.