Seoul International Film Festival Partners with South African Embassy to Present South African Heritage Day


Event takes place during Seoul International Film Festival, September 24, 2019

Last Updated: July 29, 2019 11:28 pm GMT
(Seoul, South Korea--July 29, 2019) Seoul International Film Festival and the Embassy of South Africa have partnered to present Showcase: South Africa, a celebration of South African filmmaking and culture. The event will be held of Heritage Day, Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 from 17:00 to 22:00 at Emu Artspace in Jongno-gu.

Events include a traditional braai on the scenic rooftop prepared by Reza Carr of Hidden Cellar and The Workshop and two floors of cinemas playing a selection of South African feature films, documentaries, and short films. South Africa’s new ambassador to Korea will deliver the opening address.

Among the films screening at Showcase: South Africa is “Siyabonga (We are Thankful)”, a moving film about the struggles of life in the townships of KwaZulu-Natal, which will be making its Asian premiere. It will be presented in isiZulu with English and Korean subtitles.

The festival’s executive director, Jon Racinskas, may seem like an odd candidate to produce the event, given that he isn’t South African, but he developed an affinity for South African filmmaking while serving as the head of a major film school in Cape Town, and sees this event as an opportunity to introduce it to the Asian market.

Tickets for the event go on sale July 26th. The ₩35,000 price includes a lamb and chicken braai and admission to three feature films and five short films. A screening-only pass is available for ₩20,000. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket quantities are limited to 100 for the braai and films and 20 screening-only passes.


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