Reel Causes: Themba
Reel Causes and the Vancouver International Film Festival with the Positive Women's Network is showing the film Themba (South Africa, 2010, 108 mins), followed by a Q&A session with director, Stefanie Sycholt.
The audience will have a chance to enjoy an entertaining and uplifting feature film, opportunity to discuss the issues raised in Themba such as HIV and poverty, and to connect with those shared interests in our own community.
- Date: 7pm, Thursday 26 May.
- Venue: VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, V6B 3M7
- Classification: Parental Guidance (Violence, Nudity)
Set predominantly in the spectacular Eastern Cape of South Africa, Themba A boy called Hope is the moving story of a young Xhosa boy who dreams of being a soccer star and longs for his absent father to return home. His journey takes him across the nine provinces of South Africa, in a truthful film about HIV, the stigma and challenges attached.
Cinema For Peace recently awarded Themba the Honourary Award 2011, bestowed on a film or a person for outstanding commitment and dedication to peace building and human rights.
Broadly based on an amazing real-life story of growing up with pursuit of dreams, Themba’s story takes us into the heart of South Africa’s reality, on a journey from “hopelessness” to “hopefulness”. His non-idyllic childhood in the rural Eastern Cape comes to an abrupt end when his mother, living with HIV, is forced to look for work in Cape Town after losing her job. He and his sister are left in the care of her lover, subsequently enduring the harsh realities of life in South Africa and the impact of HIV.