A new film shot on location in Johannesburg and releasing in August 2016 focuses on a woman determined to do anything she sets her mind to, even though she finds herself living in difficult circumstances.

Dora's Peace, starring Khabonina Qubeka and directed by Kosta Kalarytis, tells the story of a Hillbrow prostitute, who sets out to save a gifted young boy from the violent clutches of organised crime. In the process, she is forced to rediscover aspects of her own lost humanity.

The film features an ensemble cast including Danny Keogh (Invictus, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder), Hlubi Mboya (iNumber Number, How to Steal 2 Million), Ronnie Nyakale (Jerusalema, Blood Diamond), and 12-year old Paballo Koza (Thola, The Blanket).

Yes, she's a hooker, but she's also smart, sassy and tough as nails. Now in her forties, Dora has seen it all. She's been locked up and used by the cops, abused and beaten by customers. But it wasn't always like that. Once, she had been in demand, and had even been in a relationship with Stavro, a Greek bookie she still sees occasionally.

Into Dora's solitary existence comes 12-year-old Peace, a talented artist and the son of a druggie neighbour. Before long Dora will be forced to make a decision - protect Peace from the bad guys or let them win. What ensues will thrill and chill audiences as Dora comes up against her hardest opponent yet - her own true nature. 

"The film deals with underworld characters that inhabit Hillbrow," says Kalarytis. "Aspects of my own Greek background and culture are also incorporated, which I don't think has been done before in a South African movie.

"In making the film, the most important aspect was the relationship between Dora and the young boy, Peace. We knew if we could make that work, we stood a good chance of making a great movie."

Khabonina is a familiar face on South African television and has been nominated multiple times for her roles in series including Muvhango, The Lab, The Wild and Rhythm City. Currently she is starring as Nina Zamdela in the popular soapie Isidingo on SABC3. Dora's Peace sees her take the lead role in a film for the first time.

Director and producer Kalarytis directed his first international feature film, The Company You Keep, in 2003. In 2005 he produced and edited the documentary, Mules, a hard-hitting expose on drug mules in South Africa.

Dumi Gumbi, also a producer on the film, has produced several documentary films for the SABC, including My Big Fat Afrikaner Wedding and Who Killed Johannes Kerkorrel? His first feature film, Gog'Helen, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2012.

Dora's Peace will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution and is set for release on 26 August 2016.


Source: Indigenous Film Distribution

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