One of the South African film industry’s most anticipated events, the 5th North West Film Festival (NWFF), is taking place from the 14th to the 23rd September 2007 across the North West Province.
The theme of the festival is Ke Ya Rona (Setswana for “It is Ours”) and its primary objective is to encourage people to take ownership of the industry either as active audiences or film makers. The Festival aims to ‘edutain’ using film as a medium.
The Festival takes place within National Heritage month, and it will showcase films with a Proudly South African focus to celebrate the country’s heritage. These films include; Karen Slater’s From Nkoko with Love, Vincent Moloi’s A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle, Jioty Mystry’s I Mike what I Like, Rudi Steyn’s Baas van die Plaas, Khulile Nxumalo’s The House of Credo Mutwa and Teboho Mahlatsi’s Sekalli sa Meokgo.
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It did not require some extraordinary insight to predict the utter failure of the July 2007 Accra summit of Africa’s heads of state – not so much the indifference shown to the vaunted theatrics of the so-called “continental union government” performance by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi but the assembly’s deafening silence over the ongoing Arab-driven genocide against the African people of Darfur. This failure is indefensible. Just as the 1966-1970 Igbo genocide (post-European occupied Africa’s foundational genocide which the Arab/Islamic World, in concert with Britain, the former Soviet Union and the Nigerian state executed, resulting in the murder of 3.1 million Igbo) and the subsequent genocides in Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the Congos, African leaders have yet again failed to confront and halt another mass slaughter of an African people. Just as in all the pre-Darfur continental genocides of the past 41 years in which 15 million Africans were murdered, the world appears, yet again, to watch at the sideline as another nation of Africans is being systematically destroyed by an African state run by a ruthless minority Arab/islamist hegemonic grouping. A total of 200,000 Darfuri have so far been murdered.
Despite Gaddafi’s pre-summit boisterous campaigns across Africa to publicise his “union government” ambition, the Arab nationalist, who has turned his country into some religio-dynastic fiefdom since he seized power in 1967 after a coup d’état, has obviously scant democratic credentials to present to the current frenetic African discourses geared to the reworking and transformation of Africa’s debilitating sociopolitical spaces of dictatorship, militarism and genocide. Africa’s strategic goal in these early decades of the new millennium, it should be stressed, is to dismantle its extant genocide-states and create extensively decentralised new state forms of organic coherence that not only halt the slaughtering of four decades but also embark on the construction of African-centred polities of advanced civilisations.
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