WE ARE THANKFUL (2018)

Directed by Joshua Magor

Audio Post Production by PULSAR studios

Documentary | 93 min | SA/UK

"Siyabonga (english title: We Are Thankful), named after the film’s main character Siyabonga Majola, is a docufiction film set in the KwaZulu Natal region of modern day South Africa. It makes use of footage from both the narrative and documentary tradition.
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 he makes it his mission to be part of the film. From conspiring with a maid to steal wifi from the umlungus (white people) so he can write an email to the film producers, to rebuffing a friend’s urgent plea for him to improve his luck through witchcraft, Siyabonga’s journey takes him down many surprising paths that ultimately lead him to meeting with the film’s director. Here we observe the conversation that caused the film we are watching 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. Siyabonga’s past echoes in his present in much the same way that South Africa’s own history seems to have left an indelible mark on the people and places of the film.Time moves differently in such spaces. Places are never confined to just the here and now, but rather some kind of eternal memory."

screenings
2018

- World Premiere at the 71st Locarno Film Festival 2018 as part of the Official Selection, competing in the "Concorso Cineasti del presente", locarno, switzerland.

- cape town international film festival, cape town, south africa.

- tatham art gallery, pietermaritzburg, south africa.

- sudan independent film festival, khartoum, sudan.

2019

- Slamdance Film Festival, utah, usa.

- official selection barbican chronic youth film festival, london, uk. 
- mashariki african film festival, kigali, rwanda.
- annual copenhagen film festival, copenhagen, denmark.
- vancouver south african film festival, vancouver, canada.

- Athens International Film and Video Festival, ohio, usa.

- sarasota film festival, florida, usa.

- festival de cine africano, tarifa-tangier, spain. 

- festival international du film panafricain de cannes, cannes, france.

- festival de cine de santa cruz, santa cruz, argentina.

- harlem international film festival, new york, usa.

- durban international film festival, kwazulu-natal, south africa.

- nòt film fest, santarcangelo di romagna, italy.

- seoul international film festival, seoul, south korea.

- the massachusetts independent film festival, massachusetts, usa.

- hilton arts festival, hilton, south africa.

Trailer We Are Thankful (2018) Joshua Magor

(5.1 surround | stereo)

PULSAR STUDIOS, PORTUGAL.

awards
*Nominated for Special Mention - Filmmakers of the Present, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.
*Nominated for Special Jury Prize - Filmmakers of the Present, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.
*Nominated for Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.
*Nominated for FIPRESCI Prize, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.
*Nominated for Best First Feature, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.
*Nominated for Best Emerging Director - Filmmakers of the Present, 71st Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland.

*Narrative Feature Award, Athens International Film and Video Festival, ohio, usa.
*best fiction feature film, festival de cine de santa cruz, santa cruz, argentina.

*Slamdance Acting Award, Slamdance Film Festival, utah, usa.

*best feature, the massachusetts independent film festival, massachusetts, usa.

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