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SA Short Films: Ukhamba, proudly South African

‘Ukhamba’, a fictional tale, is written and directed by Magalela Mtshali, an emerging Mpumalanga-born filmmaker who attained his honours in film at The Open Window School of Visual Communication. The film will premiere at The Bioscope Cinema in the Maboneng precinct, Johannesburg on the 4th of June and at the Casterbridge Cinema in White River on the 8th of June.

Set in a late 1800’s Nguni-Kingdom, at the time of its King’s coronation, two rival praise poets compete for the King’s favour and while awaiting the appointment of his official praise poet they unwittingly find themselves in the middle of an assignation attempt on their King plotted by his brother. Reluctantly, they agree to work together to save the King.

“The film is based on extensive research about the challenges of archiving and preserving cultural artefacts. Through a treason plot, the film aims to preserve Nguni oral tradition and Zulu praise poetry in South Africa” says Mtshali of his most recent work.

Mtshali is a founding member, co-owner and head of film at IMAGinE Creative. He has written and directed short films, The Cain and Abel Theory (2009), Fred (2009) and The Five Omens (2010), which were screened at The iMPAC Film Festival, held in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

‘Ukhamba’ was proudly sponsored by The Open Window and Aloe Ridge Hotel and proudly supported by ACT, Nedbank Arts Affinity and Business and Arts South Africa. The music for the film was commissioned by SAMRO Foundation.

For more information please visit www.imaginecreative.co.za

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, heritage, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. To receive updates follow ACT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/actorgza or like the Trust’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Culture-Trust-ACT/162339817162875.

About the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme: The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme is one of four multi-award winning programmes. Since inception the Nedbank Affinity programme has raised over R200 million for arts and culture, sport development, helping needy children and the environment.

Since inception in 1994, Nedbank has donated nearly R15 million in support of South African arts, culture and heritage development projects. Projects currently supported include a literary project ‘Grab the sharp end of the knife’, a paper conservation training course, a Demo CD for the Keiskamma Music project, a publication of new play scripts and the National Marimba Festival, among others.

Donations to the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme are made as follows:

– Credit Cards: a percentage of the purchases made on Nedbank Arts Affinity credit cards is donated to ACT, at no cost to the client;

– Savings Account: an initial contribution of R2.50 is made on opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Savings Account and a percentage of the daily credit balance is donated to the ACT, at no cost to the client;

– Current Accounts: when opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Current Account, clients receive a Nedbank Arts Affinity chequebook and a fixed amount is donated to ACT at no cost to the client for every new chequebook ordered

– Investment Accounts: a percentage of Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment Account, the total donation is based on the client’s average monthly balance – the higher the client’s monthly investment balance, the more Nedbank will donate to ACT, at no cost to the client.

To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account, please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (364663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za

About Naufal Khan

Publisher & editor of Indian Spice.

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