South African television viewers are in for a special festive treat on SABC 1 when it broadcasts a selection of films produced by Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment during December. The films being screened are Yesterday, Faith’s Corner, Red Dust and Sarafina!
The Oscar nominated Yesterday, will be broadcast on Sunday, 2 December at 8.00pm. The film which stars Leleti Khumalo and Kenneth Kambule, is directed by Darrell James Roodt and is produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring. Yesterday follows the plight of a young mother named Yesterday who falls ill and discovers that she is HIV positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept this and she is left to fend for herself and her young daughter, Beauty, hoping that she will survive long enough to see her child go to school. The AIDS theme of the film makes it ideal to follow World AIDS Day which is observed on 1 December.
Faith’s Corner will have its television premiere when it is broadcast on Sunday, 9 December at 8.00pm. The film stars Leleti khumalo, Sibonelo Xulu and Thobani Khubeka and is scored by multi-award winner Philip Glass. The film confronts the grave social issues of poverty and joblessness that affects South African society. Faith’s Corner is a specialised film which 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. The film is directed by Darrell James Roodt and produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) courtroom drama, Red Dust which will have its television premiere on Sunday, 16 December at 8.00pm, celebrates the Day Of Reconciliation on the same day. Starring two-time Oscar Winner, Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor (who will soon be seen in American Gangster and Talk To Me), Red Dust explores the decisive struggle of the TRC to heal the wounds of apartheid atrocities. The film masterfully blends powerful characters with serious political and ethical questions about oppression and healing. The film is directed by Tom Hooper and is produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring.
To round of the celebratory spirit of the festive season, the vibrant musical, Sarafina! will be broadcast on Sunday, 30 December at 8.00pm. Directed by Darrell James Roodt and produced by Anant Singh, Sarafina! stars Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, Mbongeni Ngema, John Kani and Robert Whitehead. Sarafina! is inspired by the events of 16 June 1976 and honours all the heroes and victims of the struggle, and celebrates their courage.
Producer, Anant Singh commented, “We at Videovision Entertainment are proud to have some of our most thought provoking and entertaining films broadcast during December on SABC 1. All these films – Yesterday, Faith’s Corner, Red Dust and Sarafina! tell unique South African stories that the television audiences will enjoy and also identify with.”