Meet The 4 Filmmakers Taking South African Cinema To Cannes In 2016

Four South African filmmakers are taking SA cinema to Cannes 2016 as part of the very first Cannes South Africa Film Factory.

Zamo Mkhwanazi's 'Philia'

Zamo Mkhwanazi is a Johannesburg-based writer and filmmaker who made her directorial debut with A Place Called Home, a gritty South African television drama dealing with issues of displacement. In addition to scripting over fifty hours of aired television on nearly twenty shows, Mkhwanazi has also ventured into film. In 2009, her feature script (working title Aden Lost) was one of six chosen for development in South Africa’s first fully-funded script camp. She has also recently completed a short film called Ring Ring with the New York Film Academy. Mkhwanazi's short film Philia, which you can watch below, is about a young South African woman whose dreams of going to art school in Paris are dashed when she discovers she has been set up in a fraudulent marriage with a Congolese man.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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