Siyabonga (We Are Thankful)
Company: Hilton Arts Festival
Friday performance is Free and is not ticketed. First come first served at the venue.
Saturday performance is R50 per ticket – book online or cash at the door on the day.
SIYABONGA by Joshua Magor
Siyabonga, named after the film’s main character, Siyabonga Majola, is a docufiction film set in the present in KZN. It makes use of footage from both the narrative and
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 makes it his mission to be a part of the film. From conspiring with a
maid to steal wifi from the “umlungus” so he can write an email to the film producers, to rebuffing a friend’s urgent plea for him to improve his luck by making use of witchcraft,
Siyabonga’s journey takes him down many surprising paths that lead him to a 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 very people 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.
At the time of going to print, it has been part of 12 international film festival’s official selections and 7 nominations for awards.
Includes Q & A