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Hollywood film to premiere in Botswana

Publishing Date : 08 May, 2018

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

Multi- award- winning Hollywood film White Colour Black has chosen Gaborone, Botswana as the destination for its premiere on the African continent. The star of the film, British actor Dudley O’Shaughnessy and the film’s director Joseph Adesunloye will arrive from the UK to launch the film in Gaborone later this month.


Many Batswana will remember the lead actor O’Shaugnesssy from when he played popstar Rihanna’s love interest in the hit music video, We Found Love. The social media poster for the May 26th Gaborone film premiere states that the tickets, sold at Westwood School, are P500 and include food, music by The Unseen Dj, wine tasting, film screening and various other items such as autograph sessions with the star of the film, O’Shaughnessy and a Question and Answer session with him as well. The event is organized by Donald Molosi Entertainment (DME), an international production company founded by Botswana-born Hollywood actor-writer Donald Molosi.


“We at DME are excited to share this film with Gaborone, especially through an event of this unique nature. I would definitely advise folks to get their tickets early because they are going fast,” said Molosi. White Colour Black follows the story of Leke, a young successful photographer living a hedonistic lifestyle in London. He has been estranged from his father for many years and so hasn't returned to Senegal since his childhood.


When his father becomes ill, Leke has to make the journey back to bury his father and to rediscover a culture he has long forgotten. It is a celebration of the human spirit and also of the beauty of African customs. White Colour Black is the official selection for the 60th BFI London Film Festival, setting it apart in writing, acting and cinematography from thousands of films submitted to the British Film Institute from around the world. Within months of its release, White Colour Black has already been nominated for numerous awards worldwide including Best Screenplay 2017 and Best Newcomer 2017 at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).


The film won Best Narrative Feature at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival; Best International Feature at the British Independent Film Awards; and it recently won the 2018 Oscar Micheaux Award for Directing. “When I started to plan this film, I wanted to explore the idea of looking at the story of going back through the lens of someone being away for so long and the sense of alienation and disorientation that comes with that when one finally returns. With White Colour Black telling the story of someone with two cultures was very important to me,” says the director. 


The film shows some of the realities of people who belong in two cultures. It poses the question of whether we can ever feel like we have returned home once we have ever left home. That is where the film’s heartbeat is, in showing what it is like to be a returnee to the African continent. “It is the finest film I have seen in a very long time,” said Molosi.


White colour Black was filmed in London and Senegal. Some of the most breathtaking scenes were filmed in the middle of Senegal’s picturesque Lac Rose (Pink Lake). The film’s star, O’Shaughnessy shot to international attention after he starred in Rihanna’s 2011 global smash We Found Love. He hails from London, England. For enquiries, people can call Mantlwaneng Theatre at 3906734 or call 74020065. 

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