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Shaibu Husseini
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Jahmil XT Qubeka (left, smiling) whose film Of Good Report was banned by the South African Federal Publication Bureau and later unbanned, with his actor, Mothusi Magano (right, main Male role).

Shaibu Husseini (Africiné)

DIFF 2013

A scene of The Land Of Hope (Kibô No Kuni), dir. Sion Sono, 2012, UK / Taiwan / Germany, 134mins, Japanese with English subtitles. Best Feature Film at DIFF 2013

A scene of The Land Of Hope (Kibô No Kuni). Award of Best Feature Film, at DIFF 2013.

Durban Poison, by Andrew Worsdale

Sara Blecher, Jury member

Sherif Awad, Jury member

Hlubi Mboya, Jury Member

Paolo Bertolin, Jury member

June Givanni, Jury member

Peter Machen, The Durban Film Festival Manager

34th Durban Filmfest Ends, As Winners Emerge

THE 34th edition of Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) ended last 28 July, with winners in the different categories announced. The announcement preceded the screening of the closing film, Free Angela - And All Political Prisoners, at the Suncoast CineCentre Cinema. Presenting the award of Best Feature Film to The Land of Hope, the International Jury commended Sion Sono for a film that "masterfully and humbly draws together an array of cinematic means of expression to engage us in a story." The award has a cash prize of 50 000 Rands (3 683.90 € / 2 416 477 FCFA).

The international Jury comprised Egyptian curator and festival programmer, Sherif Awad; renowned festival programmer, Paolo Bertolin; South African filmmaker, Sara Blecher; film curator, June Givanni; and South African actress, Hlubi Mboya. They also awarded Best South African Feature Film to Andrew Worsdale for his Durban Poison. The award has a cash prize of 30 000 Rands (2 210.34 € / 1 449 886 FCFA).

Jahmil XT Qubeka's Of Good Report, which was banned by Federal Publication Bureau (FPB) of South Africa prior to the start of the festival and later unbanned a day before it ended, wasn't considered. Givanni, on behalf of the Jury, said, "the jury is saddened and concerned about the limitations to freedom of expression that are still in force on the continent and beyond, but we are glad that on this occasion the decision has been over-turned."

There was much accolade for Of Good Report, even by the festival organisers who were pleased that the FPB reversed their decision and gave the film an R-Rating of 16. The FPB had refused to classify the film, which was an opening night film and so it was not screened in any of its allocated slots, and therefore, it could not be in competition.

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

Organisers of DIFF, however, acknowledged the film's achievements in stimulating worldwide debate and highlighting important issues in South African society. It was in recognition of this that Festival manager Peter Machen announced a new yearly Award for Artistic Bravery, the first of which was given to Qubeka. The film was thereafter screened on the last day of the festival.

The festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, French Season in South Africa, and a range of other valued partners. Information on winners can be sourced at and Africiné.

Shaibu Husseini

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   liens films

Durban Poison 2013
Andrew Worsdale

Of Good Report 2013
Jahmil XT Qubeka

   liens artistes

Awad Sherif

Blecher Sara

Givanni June

Machen Peter

Mboya Hlubi

Qubeka Jahmil XT

Worsdale Andrew


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

19/07/2013 > 23/07/2013
atelier |Afrique du Sud |
Talent Campus Durban 2013
6ème édition

19/07/2013 > 22/07/2013
marché |Afrique du Sud |
Durban FilmMart 2013
4ème édition

   liens structures

Berlinale Talent Campus
Allemagne | BERLIN

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

Durban University of Technology
Afrique du Sud | Durban

Fédération Africaine de la Critique Cinématographique (FACC)
Sénégal | Dakar

Allemagne | MUNICH

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
Afrique du Sud | JOHANNESBURG

Guardian (The)
Nigeria | LAGOS

Karoo Film Company
Afrique du Sud | Johannesburg / Cape Town

NFVF - National Film and Video Foundation

Spier Films
Afrique du Sud | CAPE TOWN

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Of Good Report - Official Trailer
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