panaf of good report

The introductory movie to the Festival was the controversial South African “Of Good Report” directed by South African Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and featured upcoming actress Petronella Tshuma (See picture above). The movie is controversial worldwide due to the nature of its script where a high-school teacher is having a sexual affair with one of his minor female students. The movie is well-done and its scenes are modern and captivating, flirting with the Noire genre reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s. It changes from the common subject matter most African movies deal with, generally revolving around European occupation and its ramifications. However, audience members may feel that this movie glorifies pedophilia and crime against women due to its gruesome and tragic ending as well as strong sexual content featuring a  minor and an adult.

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