SA marks 20 years at Cannes

A South African delegation is attending this year's Cannes International Film Festival to mark 20 years of democracy in the country. The delegation is led by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Durban Film Office and Wesgro.

NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi said the delegation would showcase locally produced films and market South Africa as a filmmaking country of choice.

"As we celebrate 20 years of freedom we reflect on the strides that we have made both as a nation and the local film industry. From a tool that served as propaganda tool for the apartheid regime, the industry has evolved to a conduit for social cohesion and economic vehicle that creates jobs and contributes to the gross domestic product."

Films that will be screened include Miners Shot Down, Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, iNumber Number and One Humanity.

"We hope that this year's selection of films will resonate with our liberation, the freedom and the ideals our national icons Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and our first democratic elected president Nelson Mandela fought for," said Mkosi.

The NFVF will also showcase three films that celebrate 20 years of freedom made by women.

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