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Local Filmmaker invited to De Cannes Film Festival

Despite the failure to secure support from Government to increase local content on national Broadcaster Botswana Television(BTV) the local creative industry is growing in leaps and bounds as evidenced by local Filmmaker Tumi Sejoe, who has been invited to attend the prestigious De Cannes Film Festival in France from the 11th-22nd May 2016, to premiere her short film 'The Awakened Spirit.'

"This is always what i desired. It is always what i wanted. It is a dream come true," said a clearly ecstatic Tumi Sejoe today. She said, "I do not have a full time job. My job is to run around and look for money to write script and hire actors to make movies."

She said, "We have approached BTV and they have shown a willingness to consider film for flighting. This project was important because we wanted to certify that locals can make films of international standards."

Sejoe revealed that the project which was developed over 5 years was created with a budget of over P500,000.00. with Botswana Insurance Company(BIC) contributing P26,000.00.

BIC was the first corporate organization to invest in the project in 2014 through its corporate social responsibility programme. Although the contribution in material terms was not a significant amount it was a huge boost to the development and progress of the film.

"The P6000 was an important contribution. We were able to hire the donkey cart and buy ourselves lunch during course of shooting. Money was also used to buy fuel. The owners of the donkey cart and Tshimo were very happy that we compensated them for the use of their property," said Gaolape Basuhi, Translator and Cultural Advisor for the movie.

The Awakened Spirit is Tumi's directorial debut film project as an independent artist. The Awakened Spirit is a universal story of self discovery, set on the backdrop of cultural Botswana, its natural beauty and its people.

An encounter with an elder woman leads to the unfolding of Segametsi's(film's lead character) life changing journey. The 15 minute short film is a cultural and inspirational film, performed in Setswana with English subtitles targeting audience aged between 15 to 65 years.

The lead actress in short film Pauline Kgwarape, said "I have over 10 years experience in television working mainly as a presenter for entertainment shows and now with the Breakfast Show. Acting is a completely different experience. During the Breakfast Show i can be myself but acting forced me to leave my comfort zone and assume the role of a particular character."

She said, "I could identify with the life struggles of the main actress because we go through these processes to find ourselves."

"The P6000 was an important contribution. We were able to hire the donkey cart and buy ourselves lunch during course of shooting. Money was also used to buy fuel. The owners of the donkey cart and Tshimo were very happy that we compensated them for the use of their property," said Gaolape Basuhi, Translator and Cultural Advisor for the movie.

Sejoe's creative background included completing a mentorship programme at BBC headquarters in London, UK which included a short stint directing a 10 minute short film Get Real Beeb featuring British Actor, Rudolph Walker(east Enders).

She also worked with the celebrated No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' as a 3rd Assistant Director under the direction of the late and great Anthony Minghella starring Jill Scott.

 

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