Friday, February 25, 2005

First South African film to win the Golden Bear for best film at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival

Khayelitsha "New Town" -- the black African township Jay and I had the priviledge to visit in Cape Town -- is the setting of the South African movie "U-Carmen eKhayelitsha" (Carmen in Khayelitsha). This movie just won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival -- a first of many coups for the South African film industry. The Berlinale is the world's largest film festival in terms of ticket sales and press participation.

"U Carmen" based on Bizet's classic opera (and my personal favorite), Carmen. It is sung and spoken in isiXhosa -- a pleasant South African dialect characterized by tones and clicks. It is also Nelson Mandela's mother tongue.

Click on http://www.southafrica.info/what_happening/arts_entertainment/ucarmen-ekhayelitsha.htm if you want to know more about this film!

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