Although shot on shoe-string budget, Thina Sobabili has been confirmed as South Africa’s only official entry for consideration into the Annual Academy Award’s (Oscars) Best Foreign Language Film category.
Shot in Alexandra (one of SA’s biggest township), the film if approved by the Oscars Academy Award Selection Committee, it will move forward to the next step of the Oscars selection process.
This means it will join the likes of Yesterday (2005) and Tsotsi (2006).
Produced by the young and ambitious Ernest Nkosi, the film is a story of siblings Thulani and Zanele as they journey through life knowing that they have no one but each other to lean on.
With Alexandra Township serving as a vibrant backdrop, the siblings escape one tragedy and build a life together where big brother Thulani is over protective of his younger sister.
Thina Sobabili- the two of us- is the winner of 2015 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and Jozi Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award.
“Although we produced the film on a very limited budget, we believed in its quality and were confident that it will dazzle the world.
Earlier in the year we were honoured with the Audience Choice Award at PAFF and at the Jozi Film Festival, and believe that more is yet to come for the film,” said Ernest Nkosi after receiving the news.
The Oscars will be held on February 28, 2016.
Having had the opportunity to see the preview, it deserves a nod. You deserve it!