Afro Digital: Hopeville von John Trengore am 15.9.2011, 19h in der WdK

In der Reihe World Wide Cinema / Afro Digital zeigt die Werkstatt der Kulturen am Donnerstag 15.09.2011 19:00 im Saal den Film "Hopeville" von John Trengore (Südafrika). Eintritt: Frei. Kurator: Julien Enoka Ayemba.

AFRO DIGITAL

Hopeville
Spielfilm, South Africa, 2010, Englisch, 90 Min.
R: John Trengove

Nach dem gewaltsamen Tod seiner Ex-Frau, versucht der trockene Alkoholiker Amos eine Wiedrannäherung an seinen Sohn Themba. Vater und Sohn besuchen gemeinsam das staubige Nest Hopeville, wo Apathie, Angst und Argwohn herrschen. Als Amos beschließt, das herunter gekommene öffentliche Schwimmbad zu restaurieren, um seinem ambitionierten Sohn das Schwimmtraining zu ermöglichen, stößt er von allen Seiten auf Widerstand. Die städtischen Behörden legen ihm dabei alle erdenklichen Steine in den Weg; die Bewohner sind skeptisch und wenig hilfsbereit. Wird Amos es schaffen, dem Ort neues Leben ein zu hauchen?

Prämiert als „Bester TV/Video-Film“ beim Panafrikanische Filmfestival Ouagadougou, FESPACO 2011
 
When his ex-wife is killed, Amos, a reformed alcoholic, begins his mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son Themba. When father and son arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a mean little community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day. When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool so that Themba can pursue a swimming career, he is met with skepticism and resistance from the town’s authorities and its inhabitants. Through patience, determination and above all courage, Amos’ selfless act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and do what they know is right. Slowly but surely, good ripples through Hopeville, transforming the town and its inhabitants.

Best TV/Video Film FESPACO 2011

DIRECTOR BIO: John Trengove completed a combined BA and Performer’s Diploma with distinction at the University of Cape Town and a Masters at New York University’s Graduate Film program. Since graduating he has been a filmmaker in the United States and South Africa, and his work has spanned short film, documentary, advertising and television drama, including two seasons on the award winning series The Lab. In 2010 John was awarded a gold Loerie award for his work on the Absa L’Atelier campaign, while Hopeville, a miniseries which he head wrote and directed, won the prestigious Rose d’Or award in Lucerne Switzerland. Hopeville was released as a feature film this year, and recently received a nomination for best International Miniseries at the upcoming International Emmy Awards.

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