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Hans-Christian Mahnke
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Hans-Christian Mahnke (Africiné)

Jahmil XT Qubeka, the Film Director

Mothusi Magano (as Parker Sithole)

Petronella Tshuma (as the schoolgirl Nolitha Ngubane)

Film Director 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 role).

Controversial "Of Good Report" opening film for Windhoek's AfricAvenir series

Controversially banned then unbanned by the South African Film and Publication Board this year, Jahmil Qubeka's s third feature "Of Good Report", produced by Michael Auret and Luzuko Dilima, is a consummate tribute to classic film noir, albeit an irreverent and thoroughly South African rendition of the genre. It will be screened to Namibian audiences early 2014. Viewers will see, the hype around the film is well deserved a very good film and something to look out for.

Schoolteacher Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) has arrived in a rural village with no local connections, but his unassuming disposition inspires trust and sympathy, and he comes "of good report": with a glowing recommendation from his previous employer. He promptly begins an illicit affair with one of his new pupils, sixteen-year-old Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma). It proves to be a disastrous development for both.

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

Set in a rural town that reeks of the economically precarious working poor's despair, "Of Good Report" dives into the rarely visited moral worlds of these impoverished communities, burrowing into their dark recesses and exploring their complex social webs. In this forgotten place, a place rife with vice, greed, loneliness, and the fear of sinking further into poverty, a man can get away with anything - including a gruesome murder. Sithole, who by official record and outward behaviour embodies the "good" citizen - grandson, educator, potential husband - is in reality a danger to society. The film grants him neither mercy nor salvation, refraining from drawing into psychological analysis to paint him as a victim.

Superbly filmed in black and white, Of Good Report takes us well out of our comfort zones with the boldness of an artistic and political maverick. Audiences should be forewarned: the film's depictions of Sithole's crimes and their aftermath is heavy viewing that may disturb some audiences.

After the banning and unbanning at the Durban International Film Festival, the film had major successes in the global film festival circus, including screenings at the London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. It sold many times to TV stations and was released theatrically in South African cinemas nationwide. The film won Best Film at the recently held 3rd edition of African International Film Festival in Calabar, Nigeria, where I proudly served as a jury member, thanks to Keith Shiri, the festivals programmer and curator.

AfricAvenir presents the Namibian Premiere as its Opening Film 2014 in the Series African Perspectives, on 25 January at the Goethe Centre, Windhoek, at 19h00. Entrance is N$30.

by Hans-Christian Mahnke

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   liens films

Of Good Report 2013
Jahmil XT Qubeka

   liens artistes

Auret Michael

Mabote Phoenix

Magano Mothusi

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

10/11/2013 > 17/11/2013
festival |Nigeria |
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF 2013)
3ème 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

AfricAvenir International
Cameroun | Douala IVè

AfricAvenir Windhoek
Namibie | Windhoek

Spier Films
Afrique du Sud | CAPE TOWN

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