Midvaal Local Municipality Executive Mayor Bongani Baloyi has expressed great joy and pride in the municipality’s partnership with the Being Mandela film series.
The series has attracted positive media and public buzz culminating in the special screening of the first showcase in the three-part series, titled ‘Joko Ya Hao’ at the Lord’s Signature Hotel in Meyerton, on 2nd November 2018.
‘Joko Ya Hao’ is a 30-minute film set in a small town called Gracetown during the 1955 forced evictions. It tells the story of Noziziwe (played by Simphiwe Dana) an aspirant preacher, who after failing to be ordained as a pastor because she was a woman, becomes a symbol of resistance and an anchor for the oppressed.
The Executive Mayor celebrated the cast and production team for their outstanding portrayal of the story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and lauded the film series as a win for the South African film and arts industry. “As a municipality which supports the advancement of our film industry, I am excited that we could be a partner in this remarkable project. As a piece of art and a tribute to the legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela it has surpassed all my expectations,” he said.
Those in attendance also included cast members Jet Novuka, Elliot Makhubo and Khanya Mkangisa.
The film series is set to be officially premiered at the Market Theatre in Newtown on 30th November 2018.