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Shaibu Husseini
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Shaibu Husseini (Africiné)

Jahmil XT Qubeka, filmmaker

Filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka on stage, at DIFF Opening

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Peter Machen, Durban Film Festival Manager

Ms Zama Mkozi, Chief Executive of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Of Good Report

Actor Mothusi Magano, as Parker Sithole in Of Good Report, 2013

No Opening film for Durban Filmfest
Of Good Report, by Jahmil XT Qubeka, South Africa

Of Good Report, the South African feature by Jahmil XT Qubeka which was programmed as the opening film for the 34th Durban International Film Festival will show in Toronto, Rotterdam and Dubai Film Festivals later in the year, but it won't show on its home soil.
The Federal Publication Bureau (FPB) of South Africa has issues with the film. They have banned Of Good Report, that tells the sombre tale of a small town high school teacher with a penchant for young girls from showing in South Africa. The FPB want all the copies of the film destroyed. In fact there was no opening film for Durban filmfest on thursday night as the FPB stopped the festival from showing the feature.

It was an atmosphere of shock and disbelief for festivalgoers that filled the Suncoast Cinecentre in Durban when it was announced that the film won't be shown because Of Good Report was refused classification by the FPB. The board insist that the feature contained scenes with explicit sex scenes that promotes child pornography. The FPB warned that it will constitute a criminal offence to show or distribute Of Good Report in South Africa.
Not a few filmmakers condemned the decision of the FPB to'censor' a work of art. They argued that at best what the FPB would have done was to 'classify the film' and or worst grant exemption for it to show at the festival.

OF GOOD REPORT by Jahmil XT Qubeka - Official Trailer - South Africa, 2013 from Africiné on Vimeo.

A visibly enraged Jahmil, got on stage and tore his international passport to shred. 'This shouldn't be happening in South Africa. Not in 2013' he muttered. There was a consensus among filmmakers and even the organisers that the decision to ban the film should be contested and the organisers say they have began the process of engagement with officials of the FPB.
'We were as shocked as everyone was. But we have filled an appeal and have since last night began to engage the FPB' says Peter Machen festival director. Head of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) Madam Zama Mkosi spoke in the same vein.

Even the cast and crew say they will protest the decision. 'Because to let it go will be the beginning of a slopping slope for creativity. Films are made to be seen and must be seen' remarked a member of cast. The festival ends on July 28th.

By Shaibu Husseini (Durban, South Africa)

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   liens films

Of Good Report 2013
Jahmil XT Qubeka

   liens artistes

Auret Michael

Mabote Phoenix

Machen Peter

Magano Mothusi

Mkosi Zama

Qubeka Jahmil XT

Sebe Tshamano

Tshuma Petronella


18/07/2013 > 28/07/2013
festival |Afrique du Sud |
Festival international du Film de Durban (DIFF) 2013
34ème édition

06/12/2013 > 14/12/2013
festival |Émirats arabes unis |
10th Dubai International Film Festival - DIFF 2013
10ème édition.

projection |Namibie |
„African Perspectives": AfricAvenir presents "Of Good Report" by Jahmil XT Qubeka, South Africa, 2013, 104 min
Namibian Film Premiere. 19h00 @ Goethe-Centre Windhoek. Entrance is 30,- Nam$.

   liens structures

Center for Creative Arts (CCA-UKZN)
Afrique du Sud | DURBAN

Allemagne | MUNICH

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
Afrique du Sud | JOHANNESBURG

Guardian (The)
Nigeria | LAGOS

NFVF - National Film and Video Foundation

Spier Films
Afrique du Sud | CAPE TOWN

   liens festivals

festival | Afrique du Sud | Durban

atelier | Afrique du Sud | Durban

festival | Durban

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Of Good Report - Official Trailer
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