Sunday, January 23rd, 4:00 p.m.
Co-presented by The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth
Beautifully filmed on location in the stunning rural landscapes of the Eastern Cape and in Masiphumelele Township south of Cape Town, THEMBA tells the story of a local boy who triumphs against adversity and proves that with talent and determination dreams can come true. The screenplay is based on Lutz van Dijk’s book “Crossing the Line”.
“THEMBA reminds me of my own childhood and youth in a township close to a small village in the Transvaal in South Africa: Like him I wanted to escape poverty, like him I had the hope that our world will be a just world one day – and like him I loved my mother who was working at the time as a maid for a white family.”
— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Director: Stefanie Sycholt (Malunde)
Country: Germany, South Africa
Language: English, Xhosa and Zulu with
Stars: Nat Singo, Simphiwi Dana,
Runtime: 138 Minutes
Parental Guidance – Violence, Nudity
21st International Filmfest Emden, Norderney, Germany – Winner 2010
Zanzibar International Festival – Winner 2010
Mill Valley Film Festival –Audience Award 2010
Cinema for Peace – Honorary Award 2010