Excitement In Mzansi As Iconic Film “Sarafina!” Is Selected For Cannes Film Festival’s Classics Section
There is palpable excitement in Mzansi following the selection of the South African film “Sarafina” for the Classic section of the Cannes Film Festival. The selection is especially significant because it makes “Sarafina” the only South African film to be selected twice by the Cannes Film Festival.
The Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival recognises films that have contributed to the evolution of motion pictures.
Produced decades ago, “Sarafina” is an insightful film which gives clues into the tragedy of racism and the living conditions of the blacks of the 70s. Specifically, it tells the story of a young girl who joined the struggle against apartheid.
The film is considered a classic today, so perhaps its selection should not come as a surprise to film buffs in the Rainbow Nation. But some South Africans were not really expecting the nomination, which explains the great excitement on social media.
Watching “Saarafina” is like looking into a mirror of the past. The scenes can still ignite emotions today. If nothing else, it shows that a people cannot run away from their history.
If you haven’t watched the movie. you should make it a point to check it out. You should love it.