The Gauteng Film Commission's (GFC) Industry Support and Development Unit (ISD) has been actively involved in both developing and supporting the Province's local film industry and

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Firdoze Bulbulia of Moments Entertainment
emerging talent for several years.

In Focus speaks to the producers of several made-in-Gauteng films (some complete and others in post-production stage for 2010) to ascertain what they felt about their projects and the GFC partnership.

The GFC is supporting two documentary films by Diallo Works, The History of Courage: The Untold Stories of Umkhonto we Sizwe and Driving With Fanon. The former is a film about the courage of a generation that fought in the final hour of SA's liberation struggle while the latter is a meditation on violence, memory and the human condition in post-colonial Africa, which engages a new generation into a conversation about the radical black scholar, psychiatrist and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon.

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Foreign Demons

Diallo Works' producer Kwena Mokwena paid tribute to the GFC for making it possible for him to work in a creative and flexible way. "The GFC has provided support and created an environment that makes it possible for an independent producer/director like me to create films in a self reliant and sustainable way. I feel like part of a film-friendly Gauteng, where my voice and my artistic vision is valued and supported."

Foreign Demons, a feature film by Moments Entertainment, is a co-production between Nigeria and SA.

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Kgomotso Tabane, Audience Development Projects Officer, GFC
The film marks Yvonne Chaka Chaka's debut in a feature and co-stars Justus Esiri, a celebrated Nigerian actor.

Foreign Demons was shot almost entirely on location in Johannesburg with additional filming in Lagos. The entire cast lives in Johannesburg, except for Esiri, while all post-production was done in Johannesburg.

Firdoze Bulbulia, producer at Moments, says: "We recognise the GFC's support in growing both local film and audiences and therefore trust the GFC to push Foreign Demons in the right direction."

She adds that the GFC will expose the film to international broadcasters, distributors and audiences and Moments Entertainment will be able to meet relevant partners as well as present Foreign Demons to local audiences.

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Jane Lipman, producer of We did Overcome (left) with Puleng Moloko, who features in the documentary, at her creche in Duduza

We Did Overcome, produced by Current Affairs/Hambrook Communications, is a story of five individuals who went through trauma and extreme dislocation during the years of apartheid. They have been through some remarkable twists and turns since, and have emerged victorious now in a post liberation South Africa. The documentary highlights specific images of apartheid.

The film is a co-production between South African broadcasters, Telefilm Canada, Vision Canada, Canadian broadcasting corporation and Yade French Connection.
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Puleng Moloko points out a picture of her sister, Maki Skosana, who died tragically during the apartheid years (We did Overcome

Producer Jane Thandi Lipman of Current Affairs says she was "very thrilled about the GFC's role in this project. It is so important to have the support of South African funders - and we are hoping and planning

that this film will show around the world, in Africa and in South Africa just before the first ever African soccer World Cup."

Lipman hopes to continue working with the GFC in the creation of international film product made in Gauteng, South Africa.