There is a poor tradition of art film in Southern Africa. In my mind, the lack
of this kind of philosophical and ideological expression is apparent in the
lack of voice in our cinema. A healthy industry will always be predominantly
mainstream, but it should on the one hand, embrace its history, however
painful, and on the other hand, proudly promote experimentation in order to
remain robust and healthy.
The value of art cinema to open up dialogue that reveals the psyche of a
people, their fears and hopes, cannot be stressed enough. Without it, this
wondrous medium of film would stagnate.
Encouraging this kind of sight-sound engagement in Southern Africa has
been a major focus for me. We are appreciative and excited to be involved
with AVIFF this year, and to be able to participate and contribute our voice
within a global forum of art film lovers.
(director: iMPAC / dean: The Open Window)