A South African film, ‘Of Good Report’, directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka has left an indelible mark on the minds of film stakeholders at the 3rd African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar Nigeria.
The film opened the festival last Sunday night with a lot talks among participants. Though everybody unanimously agreed it was a technically good film, some stakeholders were not comfortable with its controversial graphic nature. But others believed the level of exposure was tastefully done.
Earlier this year in July, the film was planned to open 34th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). But it was not screened as a result of the refusal for classification by South Africa’s Film and Publications Board.
However it was subsequently cleared on appeal and screened at the last day of the festival.
Eventually the director of the film was honored at the DIFF with a new award for artistic bravery.
The film, tells the story of introvert and seemingly gentle high teacher, Parker Sithole, who is posted to a new school in rural South Africa as a man of good report. In local bar, Parker meets a mesmerizing young woman and falls for her -but the next day, she walks into his classroom.
The film is currently stimulating worldwide discussion and highlighting important issues in South African society and beyond.