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N'Dour debuts in slavery film

By unknown | Jun 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

One of Africa's most celebrated musicians, Youssou N'Dour, makes his film debut in Amazing Grace, which has just opened at cinemas countrywide.

The film is directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough), and is written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things). It stars Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich), Romola Garai (Vanity Fair) and introduces Youssou N'Dour, pictured.

Amazing Grace is based on a true story about a man of conscience who fought for those who had no voice.

It takes you through twists and turns, lows and highs experienced by William Wilberforce as he fights for the abolition of the slave trade in the British parliament of the 18th century.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was one of a number of high-profile personalities who attended the movie premiere at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town in May.

The movie marks the 200th year since the end of legalised slavery and this landmark year is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness around modern-day slavery.

Tutu, who is a patron of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (Wise), commenting on the film, said: "It awakens us to modern realities. We imagine that slavery is something of the past."

For Frans Cronje, chief executive of Global Creative Studios , distributors of the film, the movie is about inspiring people to greatness. He said: "It inspires people to stand up and make a difference in their communities today. We are waiting for a new era of Wilberforces, Mandela, Tutus and Livingstones to step forward in our country."

The opening of Amazing Grace nationally follows 29 smaller premieres in the country at selected cinemas.

For Muziwakhe Singwane, a history teacher in Nelspruit, the film premiere had a significant effect on him.

"I was thrilled when the majority of the audience applauded at the end of the movie.

"I will also encourage my pupils to watch it."


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