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Triomf Well Received Everywhere it Plays

Michael Raeburn’s film Triomf – based on Marlene van Niekerk’s novel of the same name – is creating a sensation wherever it’s filmed, and is sure to attract much interest at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

The festival screening follows a successful international debut at Cannes Film Festival in May this year, rave reviews from the screening at the National Arts Festival, and an exceptionally well received gala screening in Johannesburg earlier this month, where it played to an audience of over 400 of the city’s who’s who.

Triomf will be screened at DIFF tonight, July 25, at Suncoast Numetro and on July 27 at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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Baobab, a Journal of the Literary Arts, Launched at TOW

Siphiwo Mahala, Victor Dlamini, Sandile Ngidi, Mbulelo Mzamane and Lewis Nkosi

The launch of the new journal of the literary arts, Baobab, edited by Sandile Ngidi, saw an intimate crowd of friends and artistic co-conspirators share in the putting down of new roots in South Africa’s magazine tradition – one that has been thriving since the Drum generation first made its voice heard.

(In fact, the Drum generation was represented at the launch, in the person of Lewis Nkosi, one of the writers who made Drum‘s name, and who has a new essay in Baobab.)

After being introduced by Victor Dlamini to much applause – Dlamini’s speech was a tribute more than an introduction, and a deserving one at that – editor Sandile Ngidi, with flinty-eyed, playful humour, gently subverted the intellectual cast of the Time of the Writer by chirping that “size does count”, in relation to his magazine’s quintessentially African emblem.

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