DRC entries scoop six awards at 1998 festival
The week-long Southern African Film Festival ended yesterday with the
announcement of the awaited best films awards where newcomer Democratic
Republic of Congo stole the show by grabbing six awards.
Best feature film award and best script was won by Ngangura Mwenze of the
DRC for his film Piesces B'identities.
Best director's award in the features category went to Jose Laplane of the
Democratic Republic of Congo for his film Macadam Tribut which also won the
award for the best cinematographer done by Lionel Cousin.
The same film also had the best actress award which went to Lydia Ewande,
while the award for the best actor went to Patrick Shay in the South African
film Fools by Ramadan Suleman.
The former Zaire joined SAFF this year after having been recently admitted
into the Southern African Development Community in 1997.
The feature category was judged by Professor Mbye Cham of Gambia, Zimbabwean
film producer Tsitsi Dangarembga, Senegalese film producer Moussa Sene Absa
and Francoise Kabore of Burkina Faso.
Macadam Tribut also clinched another award for the feature film with the
best sound. The best documentary award was clinched by the Zimbabwean film
Tides of Gold which was directed by Ingrid Sinclair. Sinclair (50) began
her film career in 1980 in Britain before moving to Zimbabwe in 1989 where
she has directed and produced various films. She has also won several other
awards for her work. There was also special mention by the judges of the
films Chicualacuala directed by Gabrille Mondlane of Mozambique and Banking
On Women by Kenyan Jane Murago-Munene.
Though there was no winner in the short films category, Zimbabwean Emmanuel
Kurewa received special mention for his film Mangwana, and a Lesotho-based
Don Edkins also received special mention. The judges for the two categories
were United States-based producer Judy Richardson, Tanzanian University
lecturer Augustine Hatar and Kudzayi Gamanya of Zimbabwe. The best video
feature film award went to Albert Wandago of Kenya. Local cellphone
operator NetOne, media group M-Net, the OAU and Italy's Centre of
Orientation and Education sponsored awards for the best films.
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