Faith’s Corner, the latest film from the makers of the Oscar nominated Yesterday will be screened at the World Economic Forum on Africa which is currently underway in Cape Town. The screening will take place at the Cape Town Convention Centre in Main Plenary Hall at 2.00pm tomorrow (Thursday, 14 June 2007). The film which stars Leleti Khumalo and is written and directed by Darrell James Roodt will be introduced by producer, Anant Singh at the World Economic Form screening.
The screening of Faith’s Corner is a continuation of an initiative started by Dr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to use the medium of motion pictures to highlight issues that affect Africa. This initiative began with the screening of Yesterday at the Annual Meeting of the Forum in January 2006.
Faith’s Corner follows Faith and her two young sons Siyabonga and Lucky who live on the streets of modern day Johannesburg. Faith works a busy street junction begging from passing motorists. With the little money she makes she tries to raise her children as best as she can though they often go to sleep hungry and scared. Faith must not only combat the apathy of the wealthy elite that pass her everyday but also the distrust and anger of the locals.
Faith’s Corner is scored by multi-award winning composer, Philip Glass. The film marks the screen debut of Sibonelo Xulu and Thobani Khubeka, school children from the Durban township of KwaMashu whose talents were discovered when they performed with a Zulu cultural group at an event in Durban.
Producer Anant Singh commented, “We are delighted to be screening Faith’s Corner as part of the official programme of the World Economic Forum on Africa. Faith’s Corner tackles the serious issues of poverty and unemployment that affect South African society today. It is important that we make films that are socially relevant and draw attention to the stark realities of a developing country. We hope that Faith’s Corner positively impacts on audiences and helps in finding solutions to the issues raised in the film.”
Haiko Alfeld, Director and Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum said, “The World Economic Forum is pleased to be screening Faith’s Corner at the Africa Forum. The film deals with issues that are not just relevant to South Africa, but to the entire continent of Africa and we believe that the medium of film is one of the best ways to bring attention to these issues � the power of the image is so important in getting a message across.”