The National Film and Video Foundation, in association with Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Sports Recreation, have launched a marketing drive to showcase South African film at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Olympics

The Department of Sports Recreation will lead the government's participation in the Olympics and the Paralympics, both taking place in London. The Olympics run from 27 July to 12 August, and the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.

Most of the marketing events will be hosted at South Africa’s Ekhaya Village at the South Bank Centre overlooking the river Thames.

The NFVF has planned screenings with two filmmakers, Rapulana Seiphemo and Khethiwe Ngcobo in attendance. There will also be a special screening of Kagiso Lediga’s comedy feature Blitz Patrollie, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival on Friday. Starring David Kau, Joey Rasdien and other popular comedians, the film is a buddy cop comedy set in Johannesburg.

Other films to be screened at the Olympics include:

  • Otelo Burning – When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend New Year, and his 12-year-old brother Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend Tau Modise, they step into a world previously closed to them.
  • MapantsulaMapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system
  • SkinSkin is a true story of family, forgiveness and the triumph of the human spirit. Sandra is sent to a boarding school in the neighbouring town of Piet Retief, where her (white) brother Leon is also studying, but parents and teachers complain that she doesn’t belong
  • Retribution – After thirty years in the judiciary, a retired judge, at the prompting of his family, takes some time out to write his memoir in an isolated cabin in the mountains. One day the retired judge sees a lost hiker, out in the middle of nowhere.
  • Spud – It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: the release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year as a scholarship pupil at an elite boys-only private boarding school in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Paradise Stop – A clean cop on a backwater beat discovers that the man behind a series of freeway heists is also his only friend in town, the owner of the Paradise Truck Stop.
  • Gog' Helen – Gog’ Helen lives a forgotten life in a South African shackland. When her granddaughter, the unsuspecting Agnes, buys Gogo a new mattress, she throws away the old one without Gogo's knowledge.

The National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Arts and Culture invite all South Africans and international film fanatics to attend the screenings and interact with attending filmmakers.

For more information email Naomi Mokhele on naomim@nfvf.co.za, or Carla Dias on carlad@nfvf.co.za