6th African Film Week in Athens
13 March 2017
The 6th African Film Week taking place in Greece, brings to the big screen charming images from the African Continent: Urban legends, exoticism from the past, personalities, modern human stories. The festival is scheduled for screening in Athens at the Greek Film Archive from 9-15 March 2017, and for the first time in Thessaloniki, at the Pavlos Zannas Hall, from 16 to 22 March 2017 with free entrance.
Photo: Ambassador Marthinus van Schalkwyk (sitting left), Mr Marks Mmutlane: First Secretary, Mrs Sejako Marlole: CSM and Mr Ntshavheni wa Luruli: South African Film Director of "Elelwani" film (sitting right).
The 6th African Film Week is organized by African Embassies and Honorary Consulates with residence and accreditation to the Hellenic Republic, in partnership with the Greek Film Archive, the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The South African Embassy and the organizers of the 6th African Film Week in Greece were honored with the presence of Mr Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, Director of the South African film Elewani (Awards: South African entry for Best Foreign Film for the 2015 Oscars, Best Actress Amaa Awards, Best Production Design, Amaa Awards; Durban Film International Film Festival Opening Night Film, Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection). Mr Luruli had the opportunity to provide a short briefing on the South African filming industry and intermingled with the audience following the screening of “Elewani” at the Opening of the Film Week on the 9th March 2017 at the Greek Film Archive. This offered viewers a greater insight into the South African culture and traditions of the Venda people.
Beloved Africa, but also its lesser known side, is revealed through a fascinating mosaic of 18 films from 9 countries: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Tunisia.
Participating South African films:
“Elewani” by Ntshavheni wa Luruli - A romantic film about love that confronts Venda family traditions.
“Leading Lady” by Henk Pretorius-The substance hidden away from the lights and glamor of Hollywood.
South African Embassy in Athens, Greece