Solomon Mahlangu is a Mamelodi township schoolboy hawker who, after the events of June 16th joins the military wing of the ANC to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime and ends up becoming an icon of South Africa’s liberation. The film’s cast is made up of Thabo Rametsi, Thabo Malema, Pearl Thusi, Lawrence Joffe, Jafta Mamabolo, Marcel van Heerden and directed by Mandla Dube.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, congratulated the young director and lauded filmmakers of all the countries for bravely dealing with sensitive issues.
“The new age cinema from all the BRICS nations speaks to a wider audience about socially relevant things and not afraid of treating things the way it wants. Films like Thithi winning the award at the first BRICS Film Festival will inspire young filmmakers to make movies which are not just entertaining but also enlightening.
“Cinema should not only be entertaining, it should also be enlightening. It should not only be for time pass. Of course cinema is basically for entertainment, but at the same time it should also have an powerful impact on the minds of people,” Naidu said.
The best film award when to Raam Reddy’s acclaimed Kannada movie Thithi at the first BRICS Film Festival, which concluded today.
Organised as part of the special events planned in run-up to the BRICS summit to be held in India, the five-day-long festival screened movies from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Produced by Pratap Reddy and Sunmin Park, Thithi has been screened in over 12 prestigious international and national film festivals.
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China’s Chengdu city will host the next edition of the festival. Chengdu Performing Arts Theaters also gave a glimpse of what China has in store for the people in the next edition. The artistes gave a four-act performance highlighting the cultural heritage and art forms of the city.