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A South African film will be in the spotlight come February after it got the nod from Hollywood Curators to star in a huge film festival honouring African stories!


Global (22 January 2024) — A South African film will take the spotlight after being selected against stacks of films from around the world by Hollywood curators.

Writer, producer and director of ‘MASINGA—THE CALLING’, Mark Engels tells Good Things Guy that the selection for the Pan African Film Festival is an honour on multiple fronts.

“Being selected by the Pan African Film Festival’s curators in Hollywood validates my passions and commitment to this project, and to my determination to tell impactful stories of Africa that have social commentary and which resonate in other African communities and diasporas.

“Attending and engaging at the festival’s screenings will allow me to understand more fully how international audiences embrace the various themes in my film,” he adds. “The festival also opens a door for a potential ‘Foreign Film’ Oscar nomination and thereby my acceptance as an internationally recognised writer, director and producer.”

MASINGA-THE CALLING is a paranormal crime-thriller. It tells the story of Masinga, an exiled UK-based detective who returns to his home continent (Africa) to be met with the memories of his past. While Masinga confronts his old life and revisits the death of his brother in ways he could never have imagined, his investigation to discover the truth of his youth and redemption unfolds.

The film is headlined by Nigerian-British actor Hakeem Kae Kazim ( who has also lit up screens in Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean and Hotel Rwanda) and is supported by many South African actors.

The Pan African Film Festival 2024 is the largest African film festival in the United States and will feature films from over six continents in Los Angeles. It will take place from 6-19 February.

Sources: Website Submission 
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