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Youth uses film as medium to tell their stories.

posted 21 May 2013, 04:42 by ntobeko dlamini
The biggest news in High Schools around uMkhanyakude District over the weekend was the much anticipated Hluhluwe Youth Film Festival which was held at Protea Hotel, Ndlovu Conference Centre on Saturday, 18 May 2013.

 Nokwanda Ngubane a first learner to win an award for producing her first movie called Choices.

Last year Star For Life in collaboration with Stockholm Film Festival and LivingIt conducted a series of film workshops in eight schools in the uMkhanyakude District. During these workshops learners were taught all aspects of film making, ranging from scriptwriting, camera work, Directing, acting for camera and each school produced and directed a short film at the end of each workshop.

Star For Life Schools Programme Manager Mr Jean Daniel, Mr Nomandla the Principal from Nkanyiso High School, Mbambo Nelisiwe the learner from Nkanyiso High School and the LivingIt Director Miss Ronel Geldenhuys during the presentation of certificates. 

On Saturday these young aspiring Film Makers from different schools came together under one roof to showcase their epic stories to their peers, stakeholders, principals and teachers. 16 short movies were screened including movies produced by Swedish learners and learners from Cape Town.


A grade 12 learner from Siphosabadletshe High School, Nokwanda Ngubane, receive an award for writing and directing the movie called “Choices”. The movie tells the story of a young girl who got infected with HIV by her boyfriend. However, determined not to let that be the end of her life, she went on to study at the University of Cape Town. “Being with Star For Life is such a great pleasure, seeing all of our hard work being recognised feels so good. It has always been my dream to produce my own movie and tell real African stories. Star For Life has provided me with a great platform to follow my dream”, said Miss Ngubane.

Her peer Lwandile Shongwe, a grade 10 learner from Somfula High School thanked Star For Life, LivingIt and Stockholm Film Festival for the opportunity they’ve been given. “It has been a great experience and we have learnt so much, now I will appreciate movies for the rest of my life because now I know what takes to produce one”, said Shongwe


The Director of LivingIt, Ronel Geldenhuys thanked all the learners who were part of the project. “This is all about Izwi Labasha, the voice of youth. When the youth talk, they move peoples heart and their voice needs to be heard”, said Miss Geldenhuys.


The Star For Life Executive Director, Dr Per Strand, thanked all the teachers, learners and stakeholders for being part of the workshops. “I want learners to know that you are the reason Star For Life exist, you are the motivation to all Star For Life members to work hard out in the schools”, said Dr Per Strand.


Star For Life has the ambition to source the funds necessary to make these workshops and the Hluhluwe Youth Film Festival become a regular and annual event.