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South African Film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' Scoops Two International Awards.

South African Film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' Scoops Two International Awards

South African film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' has won two awards for 'Best Feature Film' and 'Best Women Filmmaker' at the Crownwood International Film Festival.

The Crownwood International Film Festival has awarded 'Bogoshi Bjaka' two awards for 'Best Feature Film' and 'Best Women Filmmaker' for Lizzy Moloto. Directed by Percy L Maboane, 'Bogoshi Bjaka' is the latest South African movie to make waves in the international circuit.


'Bogoshi Bjaka' is a suspense-filled thriller that focuses on a Pedi Royal House where two brothers war over their ailing father's throne. 'Bogashi Bjaki' takes on a "Cain and Abel" premise where Mothapo, the older brother, is expected to take on the throne but his younger jealous brother, Lerumo, contests him. The conflict not only angers the ancestors but makes their father gravely ill. The Royal House is then split into factions and the fight for power ensues. Women, spiritual diviners, money and natural strength are weapons of the war. The film is performed purely in the Sepedi language and the actors' performances are engrossing.

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Sepedi is one of South Africa's eleven official languages and is spoken by a small fraction of South Africa's population. Pedi director Maboane expressed immense pride on hearing that the film had won two international awards and congratulated producer Moloto for winning best filmmaker.

"We are delighted that the film won an award for producer Lizzy Moloto in National Women's Month," director Maboane expressed in a TimesLive report.

'Bogoshi Bjaka' was also nominated for best film at the Hollywood International Golden Film Awards in Los Angeles on the 17th of August and made it to the finals.

The film stars Sipho Eric Ndlovu, David Mello, Innocent Sadiki and South African stalwarts Charles "Big Boy" Maja and Candy Moloi who both passed away early this year.

Watch the trailer below:

BOGOSHI BJAKA (The Throne) www.youtube.com

Photo courtesy of Kunjina

Spotlight: Ethiopian Brand Kunjina Is On a Fashion Metamorphosis

Founder and creative director Kunjina Tesfaye speaks on her namesake brand, and how her personal evolution manifests through the unique garments.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists, and more who are producing vibrant, original work.

In our latest piece, we spotlight Ethiopian fashion brand, Kunjina. The Addis Ababa based label focuses on ready-to-wear fashion and empowering woman through their garments and designs. Creator Kunjina Tesfaye established the brand in 2017 in her home country Ethiopia, and has since shared her distinctive designs with the world. Each garment acts as a physical embodiment of Kunjina's life experiences, and the stages we all go through to become closer to ourselves. "When the work comes from a personal place, it portrays a true feeling therefore the output becomes Authentic", the young designer says on the website. Each garment is carefully and intentionally created, as the company prides themselves on their choice to reduce unnecessary waste -- often times what happens with brands focused on trends.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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