21 Sep South African Sepedi Film Bogoshi Bjaka wins Two International Awards
- South African cinema culture becoming an international hit
- Sepedi film wins two awards
- Nominated for best film at the Hollywood International Golden Film Awards
- South African niche stories show the power of heritage
South African stories and films are not only resonating around the world but are also being recognised for their storytelling craft, emotive performances and distinct homages to the uniqueness of South African culture.
The latest international winner is the South African film Bogoshi Bjaka, which took two awards for ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Women Filmmaker’ at the Crownwood International Film Festival, in Kolkata, India.
Bogoshi Bjaka is a suspense-filled thriller where two brothers war over their ailing father’s throne in a Pedi Royal Hose. It cleverly weaves in a “Cain and Abel” trope with an ensuing conflict that not only angers the ancestors but makes their father gravely ill. In true Shakespearean style, the Royal House is then divided into contesting factions in a bitter fight for power. Weapons of the war are brutal in use, from women to spiritual diviners, money and natural strength. The film is performed purely in the Sepedi language, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages, spoken by a small fraction of South Africa’s population. In Heritage month, this film as a product of modern South African cinema is a cause for great pride.
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 an appearance in the finals.
The film stars Sipho Eric Ndlovu, David Mello, Innocent Sadiki and South African stalwarts Charles “Big Boy” Majaand Candy Moloi who both passed away early this year.