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A still image with Ayanda Seoka from 'Five Tiger' written and directed by Nomawonga Khumalo.

South Africa's 'Five Tiger' Selected for 2021 Sundance Film Festival

South African director Nomawonga Khumalo's short film debut 'Five Tiger' has been selected to be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

South African short film Five Tiger has been announced as one of the films to be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. According to IceKream, Five Tiger produced by TMPC, Nostalgia Productions and Revolver Amsterdam, will reportedly be playing at the Sundance Film Festival between 28 January to 3 February. Five Tiger was directed and written by Nomawonga Khumalo who has caught the attention of international audiences.


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The short film focuses on a religious woman forced into a transactional relationship to take care of her family. The stellar cast includes Ayanda Seoka, Fumani Shilubani, Khalalelo Makhanda and Menzi Biyela. In an interview with News24, Khumalo revealed that Five Tiger's narrative is inspired by Black women she met on the side of the road while working on a South African telenovela. The chance encounter with the women who were forced into prostitution inspired the feminist interrogation of society. The complexity of gender-based violence, gender discrimination, religion, sex work, politics and a mother's love are powerfully portrayed in the short film.

Khumalo is reportedly elated that the theme of the short film resonated with an institution as prestigious as Sundance. A Black woman herself who has ten years in South Africa's competitive film industry, her works include 2015 international film Chappie. In 2019, her film script for The Bursary which looks at the practice of virginity testing to attain a scholarship in South Africa, won the best "South African Film Project and Most Promising Narrative" at the Durban Film Mart. The Bursary is set to go into production next year.

Five Tiger was also selected to screen at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia at the end of last year.

Watch the trailer for Five Tiger below:

Five Tiger [2020] Teaser youtu.be

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

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