May 14, 2021

SA’s Short Film ‘‘Address Unknown’’ Goes Internationally

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Pan African Film Festival is America’s largest and most prestigious black film festival.

FILE PHOTO: Address Unknown, directed by Nadine Cloete, was inspired by the true story of Zain Young, a former postman and resident of District Six. PICTURE: Cape Talk

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CAPE TOWN: The production process began in 2019 and completed filming last year in July 2020.

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa has congratulated the South African filmmakers of the short film “Address Unknown”, for being selected to participate in 2021 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which will take place in Los Angeles in the United States.

PAFF is America’s largest and most prestigious black film festival. It was co-founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover, the late Ja’Net DuBois and Executive Director Ayuko Babu.

In a statement, Minister Mthethwa said, “It is with the utmost honour to receive the news of this significant milestone in South African Film.”

“Congratulations to the Producers at Green Leaf Films as well as the Directors, Scriptwriters, Actors and Production Crew who feature a strong line-up of female creatives in most departments. We celebrate your contribution in taking our stories to the world, as the custodians of our history and our heritage,” he said.

“It is equally significant that the announcement of the PAFF official selection of “Address Unknown’’ comes just days after the 55th anniversary of District Six being declared a white group area on 11 February 1966,” he added.

“In the absence of such stories, our children and the generations to follow would never know the truth in case we forget,” said the minister.

A fictional film which is dedicated to the District Six, was funded by amongst others, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), which is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

The production process began in 2019 and completed filming last year in July 2020.

‘‘In the absence of such stories, our children and the generations to follow would never know the truth in case we forget,” he further said.

Furthermore, the PAFF festival is scheduled to be held from February 28 to March 14, 2021.

However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place globally, the PAFF screening of ‘‘Address Unknown’’ will be online to viewers in South Africa and abroad.

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