SA film to screen in Vladivostok, Russia

The award-winning South African feature documentary, "The Cradock Four" will be shown at the first-ever South African Film Festival in Vladivostok, Russia, from 20-24 November 2012.

The festival will be hosted by South Africa's Ambassador Mandisi Mpahlwa, and will include a wine festival, a tourism workshop, and business and academic meetings, and is being arranged by South Africa's Honorary Consul in Vladivostok, Dr Yuri Sivachenko.

This follows the success of a similar festival in Moscow in May this year, in which two South African directors, Sara Blecher (Otello Burning) and David Forbes (The Cradock Four) visited Moscow for bilateral talks with Russian academics, broadcasters and filmmakers.

"The Cradock Four" tells the story of the assassination by a police hit squad of four anti-apartheid activists near Cradock in 1985. Their brutal murder and the burning of their bodies was one of apartheid's most heinous and notorious incidents.

The film took Forbes seven years to make, and he had to take the Department of Justice to court to get access to the records in the National Archives. The film won Best SA Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival in 2010 and was nominated for the Amnesty International (Durban) Human Rights Award. The film has shown at festivals in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and Africa.

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