Local film screened online for a limited time

Born of a conversation between two women on a film set, One take grace reflects on a life and a country. It will be available for viewing for a limited time on the National Arts Festival website from October 29 to November 4, 2021.

About One Take Grace

One take grace is a creative documentary by Motherbox Films about the life of Mothiba Grace Bapela, directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza, 38-year-old artist based in Johannesburg.

The two women met as actresses on a local film set in 2010. As she chatted between takes, Lindiwe was struck by Ms Bapela’s reflections on her life as a full-time domestic worker and as an actress at part-time. Through a deeply intimate creative process spanning over ten years, a portrait of both a woman and a country began to emerge.

In 2021, the work was selected for inclusion in the program of the National Arts Festival. However, due to renewed Covid restrictions, she was unable to be a part of the festival and will now be screened online.

A donation

The creators of the film requested that instead of paying for a ticket, a donation be made to watch the film. The proceeds will be used to raise funds for Legae Lelebotse Lakgothatso ya Cancer in Limpopo, a support and healing center for cancer victims set up by Mothiba Grace Bapela, after her own battle with cervical cancer.

The public can donate and receive a coupon to watch on the NAF site.

A still from the movie One Take Grace. Image: Supplied

Film making

In recent years, One take grace was made possible thanks to an ANT mobility grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Goethe-Institut South Africa within the framework of the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) and the National Arts Council of South Africa with funds from the Presidential Economic Stimulus Program. The presentation of a first version of One take grace in Ga Mothapo was made possible through the partnership of Sunshine Cinema.

Alongside Matshikiza and Bapela, artistic collaborators on the films include editor Khalid Shamis; the sound artist, João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga, the vocal historian, Masello Motana, the visual artists, Meghan Judge and Daniel Sixte Kakinda, as well as the multi-award-winning set designer and scenographer, Noluthando Lobese.


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