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Local movie set for Canadian festival

Lerato Matheka

MASERU — A script by a local film director, Mpaki Molapo, is set to be screened at the Canadian International Film Festival next month.

The festival will run from April 2 to 3.

Molapo however told Xpress People that he is making plans to go to the Sacramento International Film Festival in California, United States that will run from April 9 to 17.

His script, Sedah High, is a story about an African-American girl who has problems with her family and leaves home for a nearby town.

She describes the town as too perfect.

But she later learns that everyone in the town is a member of a “satanic” cult.

Sedah High was last year nominated for the 2010 International Beverly Hills Film Festival in the US.

Molapo is a local script writer and film director who is making waves on the international film circuit.

He said he wants to see his script turned into a film.

“The script has been around since 2008 and I am insisting on submitting it to different film festivals so that it can be turned into a movie,” Molapo said.

“The script is a horror film targeted at the international teenage audience.”

He said he initially wrote the script for a South Africa-based project in 2008.

He said although the script had made it into the “top five” at the National Film Foundation of South Africa it was rejected because he is not South African.

“I was told that the script could not be used because I was not a South African,” Molapo said.

“I almost lost hope but was motivated to look at the international film festivals, which has been extremely difficult.”

Molapo said he was hoping to travel to the Sacramento International Film Festival next month.

“The Sacramento film festival is more interesting because it takes 10 days of learning, socialising and networking that is accompanied by workshops and special events that are intended to help aspiring filmmakers, script writers and directors to learn and make connections,” he said.

Molapo graduated from the University of Cape Town’s School of Film in 2003. He said he at first never believed in his own talent until fellow film-makers at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009 urged him to submit his work.

“International film makers said they are interested in seeing what African people are doing to grow the film industry. They advised me to submit my script and since last year I saw potential in it,” Molapo said.

“Lesotho has a lot of talent. All we need is for the government to just invest in the industry,” he said.

Molapo has worked on television programmes that were aired on South African private television station, etv, as well as the South African Broadcasting Corporation programmes, Shooting Stars, Stokvel and Fela’s TV.

He is currently producing a musical programme called Mix for Lesotho Television.

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