OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
We Are Thankful (Siyabonga)
DIRECTOR : Joshua Magor
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 97min
Nu Metro 4, 11 Oct @ 2pm | Nu Metro 5, 13 Oct @ 8.30pm
Siyabonga, named after main character Siyabonga Majola, is a docufiction film set in contemporary KwaZulu Natal. In the film we follow Siyabonga, a young man making theatre plays in the township of Mphopomeni. One day he hears the surprising news that a movie is to be made in a nearby town and makes it his mission to be a part of the film.
From conspiring with a maid to steal wifi from the umlungus, to rejecting a friend’s plea for him to improve his luck by using witchcraft, Siyabonga’s journey takes him to a meeting with the film’s director where we observe the conversation that caused We Are Thankful to come into existence.
A film based on real events, re-enacted by those who lived through them, we follow this extraordinary man as he does all he can to try and improve his life and take control of his fortune.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Joshua Magor (b. 1991) is a South African filmmaker originally from KwaZulu Natal. After developing an interest in filmmaking at high school, Joshua earned a scholarship to study English Literature and Economics at the University of Edinburgh and then progressed to do his masters degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School.
Working as a director, writer and cinematographer Joshua’s short films have been screened and won awards at over twenty festivals around the world. Most recently his debut feature “Siyabonga” was selected for the Official Competition at Locarno Film Festival, making its world premiere in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section. “Siyabonga” will be make its national premiere at the Cape Town International Film Festival.