Despite stiff competition, South African film Kalushi walked off with the Best Film Award at the the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt which took place between the 16 and 22 March. The award was presented to director Mandla Dube by the Egypt’s minister of arts and culture.

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According to SA filmmaker Nchavheni Wa Luruli, one of the jurors, it was the ideal film to win the award because of the festival’s theme: international freedom.

On his win, Dube said: “Kalushi was well received by the Arab-speaking country and illustrated yet again the powerful impact that film has on unifying the diverse community on the African continent. It is an honour to have been chosen for such a prestigious award.”

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On 6 April, the film goes to the British Film Institute to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu. The cast as well as the South African high commissioner to Britain will be present.

Next for the stellar local film is a screening at the New York African Film Festival which will be hosted at the Lincoln Centre.

Source: News24 Wire