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Le Réalisateur Jahmil XT Qubeka (c) Djia Mambu

Djia Mambu (Africiné)

Petronella Tshuma (rôle de Nolitha Ngubane)

Mothusi Magano (rôle de Parker Sithole), Of Good Report

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Jahmil XT Qubeka, réalisateur

Interview with the Director Jahmil XT Qubeka
"How it feels to be not able to watch"
Of Good Report should have had its world premiere at the 34th edition of Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), but the movie wasn't shown at the opening. The South African Film and Publications Board (FPB) found that this story about a high-school teacher who falls for one of its students contains a scene which (for them) constitutes child pornography.
Return on the controversy with the Director Jahmil XT Qubeka.

The film was supposed to be shown at the open night at the Durban Film Festival. What happened?

The night before the screening, I got a call from the festival programmer Peter Machen because he got a call, a couple of hours before, from the classification Board members saying they refusing the movie classification. And the reason was that it was porno, according to them or even child pornography, not even porno but child pornography.

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

What make them think this way?

They watched 28 minutes of the film and it's about the first love scene. You don't even see anything. The most controversial thing it's that the teacher takes off the student underwear. But it's all suggesting, you don't see anything.

Why this controversy about a love scene between a teacher and his student?

According to the amendment to the law, their definition of child pornography includes the picture of a relationship between an older person with a younger. Which is stupid, because that's mean that someone twenty something years old cannot play with someone sixteen years old because that would constitute child pornography.

How did you react when you heard that your movie will not be shown anymore?

I went to the director's house and ask what the problem is. He told me that and the festival and the university who support the festival have taken the decision that they won't even screen another film in its place. I decided I will not tell the producer or anybody to let them come to the screening and make them feel how it feels to be not able to watch the movie because the government said "don't watch it".

Is the movie has been shown in South Africa after this controversy?

Now, it's been unbanned. We went to an appeal process we had some very good lawyers, we appeal the decision and then they change the aging to sixteen. We only screen it on Sunday the last day of the festival. It was not in the competition, it was screened eventually.

Djia Mambu
Toronto, september 2013

with the support of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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Of Good Report 2013
Jahmil XT Qubeka

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Auret Michael

Mabote Phoenix

Machen Peter

Magano Mothusi

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

05/09/2013 > 15/09/2013
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film de Toronto (TIFF 2013)
38ème édition. Festival boasts 146 World Premieres and films from 70 countries

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$.

06/02/2014 > 17/02/2014
festival |États-Unis |
Pan African Film Festival de Los Angeles - PAFF 2014
22ème édition.

16/09/2014 > 30/09/2014
festival |Trinité-et-Tobago |
Trinidad+tobago film festival (TTFF 2014)
9ème édition.

04/04/2015 > 09/04/2015
festival |Pologne |
AfryKamera 2015, Festival des films africains
10ème édition du Festival des films africains en Pologne.

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Spier Films
Afrique du Sud | CAPE TOWN

Canada | TORONTO

Vanuit het Zuiden (Depuis le Sud)

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festival | Toronto

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Of Good Report - Official Trailer
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