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Umkhungo (The Gift) by Matthew Jankes



The inaugural Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7-11 November this year. The festival will be introducing the best of African cinema to African audiences.


The 58 titles that will be screened will all be African, East African or Ethiopian premieres and have been entered from as far and wide as Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia.


We saw this trailer for Umkhungo (The Gift), one of the seven SA films showing at the festival, for the first time today and had to share. Umkhungo was produced as part of the Focus Features Africa First programme, which mentors emerging African filmmakers to produce quality short films, and was written and directed by Matthew Jankes.


The South African filmmaker studied through UCT and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA), training in writing, directing and cinematography. Umkhungo, his award-winning short film, follows a disillusioned Johannesburg street thug who rescues an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers. On the run, he must help the sickly boy master his gift before a superstitious family member finds them.


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