SA films scored big at the 2022 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).
After screening films and documentaries for 10 days, films such as 1960, Girl, Taken, and Where is Mr Adams? and Prayers for Sweet Waters came back with accolades at the festival’s award ceremony on Monday night.
The 43rd edition of DIFF concluded on Saturday.
Local film 1960 walked away with the Best South African Feature Film award. The film stars Zandile Madliwa, Sanda Shandu, Ivy Nkutha and Chris Gxalaba.
Judges defined 1960 as a powerful historical re-imagination that lays bare some of the chasms of trauma in SA history and its effect.
“We come from a legacy of a lot of pain and a lot of secrets. The film offers a sensitive portrait of a powerful woman with full agency, and highlights a narrative sensitive to gendered erasure. The film also does a beautiful job of portraying the historical period, offering a crisp window to the past,” the jury said.
The Best South African Documentary award went to Girl, Taken, directed by Francois Verster and Simon Wood.
Girl, Taken is the incredible story of two parents whose baby was stolen at birth.
She was found after 17 years by her family, who then lost her again.
The jury said the film could have been sensationalist, but it wasn’t.
“It had all these twists and turns, in the end it was like a real human story about family. Many complexities and different layers were brought out, making it interesting.”