Film screening/workshops in Katlehong, Springs
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BGN Holdings in partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) invites interested stakeholders and community members to join film screenings/workshops in Katlehong and Springs on 11 and 12 August.

The two events form part of the Leano Project, a partnership initiative between BGN Holdings and the GFC to carry out film exhibitions and community development in Ehurhuleni.

Rights of Passage, an anthology of eight thematically linked short films made by black first-time filmmakers, will be screened as part of the workshops, which will take place from 10am to 2pm at the Katlehong Arts Centre on 11 August, and at the Springs Theatre on 12 August.

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Made by young people who were born when Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president, Rights of Passage explores the challenges of searching for love, belonging and healing while navigating the rites and turmoil of everyday life.

The anthology feature film, which was part of the official selection at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival, offers honest and creative insight into the concerns and experiences of black youth in contemporary South Africa.

Rights of Passage filmmakers

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Mapula Sibanda (Thato)

Based in Orange Farm, Johannesburg, Mapula began her fledgling career in film and television as an editor. In 2011 she enrolled at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, where she also took part in the European Union's Advanced Film Incubator facilitated by Big Fish. She currently works as an editor and camera operator at Ripple Effect Productions.

Zandile Wardle (Lindeni)

Originally from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, Zandile graduated in Film from Afda in 2012 before enrolling on a learnership programme at City Power, where she is currently a PA to the acting general manager. She's currently based in Johannesburg.

Tony Miyambo (Hleziphi)

In 2011 Tony was chosen to be part of the NSSE student exchange programme in Finland, where he directed, wrote and produced award-winning documentary films The Ice Rink and Out of Place. He is a founding member of the Wits Repertory Collective, a practice-based research company at the University of Witwatersrand.

Lerato Moloi (The Devil I Know)

Born in Soweto, Johannesburg-based Lerato produced and directed Scars (2013), a three-minute documentary on verbal abuse, and The Adventures of the Wiby Kid (2012), a 10-minute documentary.

Ntombizodwa Magagula (Awakening)

An ambitious storyteller, Ntombizodwa successfully finished her media studies diploma, majoring in video, at Boston Media House. She is currently based in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

Rethabile Mothobi (All the Time)

Mothobi received her BA Dramatic Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009. Her majors were Performance and Directing. Since graduating, she has been working as an intern for Rififi Pictures, and as a trainee producer for Real Eyes Productions, both based in Johannesburg.

Valencia Joshua (Himmat)

Valencia studied screenwriting at Afda, Cape Town from 2009 to 2012, graduating with an Honours Degree in 2013. She is currently writing children's story books and assistant directing on commercial sets and documentaries.

Yashvir Bagwandeen (Through the Lens)

An animator, editor and colourist, Yashvir has now progressed to director of photography. Yashvir's music videos and television commercials have regular airplay on SABC and DSTV.

Source: staff reporter

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