Local films in Cannes


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PHOTO: SuppliedSouth Coast film producer Senzo Zindela speaks to international media during a briefing on the film “Red Cargo” in Thailand in December.

An upcoming LOCALLY produced film is presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France today.

Located in Port Shepstone, Red cargo is a film written and produced by local filmmaker Senzo Zindela of Sollywood Films in collaboration with Thai cinema giants Kao Tayarn.

It centers on a Zulu warrior, Senzo, who confronts a rhino poaching ring in Thailand in order to avenge the death of his brother and eight-year-old fiance. The two are murdered after the boy steals rhino horns from local poachers.

After witnessing the killings, Senzo, a prominent batting warrior, seeks revenge, however, unbeknownst to him, the poachers work for a Thai ivory and diamond network who kidnap him and subject him to his toughest opponents to date.

Producer Zindela said the film will tackle various South African social ills, including poaching, slavery and cultural prejudice.

He said the decision to name the main character after him came from his Thai partners in order to honor Zindela for the courage and good deeds he has done for his south coast community.

Red cargo is Zindela’s fourth film. His movies, Find joy, The right and Problems are everywhere were broadcast on M-Net.

The founder of the Izingolweni-born Ugu Film Festival said he had a flair for film and photography since high school. “In grade 11, I already had six people working for me in my photography business,” Zindela said.

After high school, Zindela received a scholarship to study business administration at the University of Chicago in the United States, and then another to study B.Com accounting at the University of Zululand.

“So I decided to use my business and entrepreneurial skills to pursue my passion for cinema,” Zindela said.

“We were all born to make things happen for ourselves. Whatever they can do in Johannesburg and Cape Town, we can do better here.

The south coast is a haven of wealth and opportunity, ”said Zindela.

Red cargo is slated for release early next year.

We are all born to make things happen for ourselves. Whatever they can do in Johannesburg and Cape Town, we can do better here. The South Coast is a haven of riches and possibilities

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Gladys T. Hensley

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