Her Majesty, Busiswa Gqulu debuted her documentary titled Busiswa: Unbreakable Story at the inaugural Africa Rising International Film Festival last night. The documentary was the highlight of the festival’s opening night organised by filmmaker Kweku Mandela, entrepreneur Lala Tuku and Actor Spaces’ Ayanda Sithebe.
The doccie is produced by The Kollektive, narrated by Busiswa Gqulu and made possible by A CAN DO!
From one amazing womxn to another, Nadia Nakai’s documentary titled NADIA NAKED: THE ALBUM DOCUMENTARY is also making its way to Africa Rising International Film Festival on the 29th of November.
“I know how important it is to be recognised and celebrated as a woman, more so as a black woman. I am so glad that Busiswa and her team chose the Africa Rising International Film Festival to debut the documentary. One of our pillars as a film festival is celebrating black talent, and last night we managed to just that,” says festival founder, Lala Tuku.
“One thing I knew we had to make sure happened last night was that the youth who are currently studying or interested in filmmaking witness what a powerful story by one of their favorite performer in the country can do, I wanted them to see and hear firsthand what it takes to be great, it does not happen overnight, ” adds Ayanda Sithebe.
Other notable African Films/Documentaries to look forward to being:
- Zulu Love Letter. A film about Thandeka, a young black journalist who lives in fear of Johannesburg’s past. The film stars veteran actress Pamela Nomvete.
- Mama Africa – A film by MIKA KAURISMÄKI. A documentary about the Humanitarian and Musical Icon Miriam Makeba.
Africa Rising International Film Festival continues at the Newtown Junction, closing on the 30th of November with Queen and Slim – a film by The Chi’s creator and coveted writer Lena Waithe.