Thursday, July 24, 2014

Film Review - A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake

Title: A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake
Director: Michael Lessac
United States, South Africa

This is one of the documentaries showing at The Durban International Film Festival 2014.
The documentary joins a group of actors who are taking this play around the world to various war-torn regions from Rwanda to Northern Ireland and even Yugoslavia.  The play comes out of a workshop from various South African actors and it deals with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  After the performances the actors hold workshops and discussions with the people of these war-torn lands.  It makes for some surprising dialogue.  Just like with a snake there are many twists and turns.

Seasoned journalist Max du Preez joins them on their tour and look out for some of the stars of the stage including Nick Boraine, Andrew Buckland, Fana Mokoena, Quanita Adams and many more.

Director Michael Lessac shoots this well and we get a glimpse into the life of a travelling troupe of actors as well as glimpses of the play and he takes us inside the workshops and discussions.

I watched this movie in a packed cinema, not one seat empty.  Afterwards we were treated to a very interesting discussion with Max du Preez, Dr Alex Boraine, Peter Machen, and Nick Boraine amongst others.

The main point that came out of that discussion is that this documentary has to be seen by the youth of South Africa.  I would have to agree.

Rating: A Must See!

A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake is showing at The Durban International Film Festival.
Next Showing: Friday 25 July - 20:15 - Suncoast

Review by +Fred Felton

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