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African fest kudo goes to ‘Osama’

Pic beat 19 films from around the world

CAPE TOWN — Siddiq Barmak’s “Osama,” Afghanistan’s first full-length feature, scooped the feature and director awards at the third Cape Town World Cinema Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

The film beat 19 films from around the world, including 10 features in competition from South Africa, many from first-time directors.

Out of the local crop, “Forgiveness,” Ian Gabriel’s debut feature starring Arnold Vosloo (“The Mummy”) an apartheid-era policeman seeking absolution from his victims, was the most successful, winning the award for African feature.

Other awards were: actress, Moshidi Motshegwa (“Drum”); actor, Gael Garcia Bernal (“Bad Education”); writer, Teddy Mattera (“Max and Mona”): documentary, Rehad Desai (“Born Into Struggle”); special jury award, Leleti Khumalo (“Yesterday”); special mentions went to Quanita Adams (“Forgiveness”) and Jamie Bartlett (“Red Dust”).

The nine-day fest is held as part of the annual Sithengi Film and Television Market.

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