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Video Interview: Zamo Mkhwanazi – Sadla (Short Film) 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Premiering her shorts at prestige fests such as Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes and the Toronto Intl. Film Festivals, Johannesburg (known as Jozi for locals) and Switzerland based filmmaker Zamo Mkhwanazi explores the notions of an apartheid that was never truly erased and of public psychological repression exquisitely detailed series of multi-POV vignettes. Doing a better job in describing a communal toxicity in five minutes than what a full length feature film could do. For Sundance Film Festival sit down we discussed some of previous short film themes, the striking look found in Sadla and the narrative story strategy employed. Mkhwanazi is currently prepping her debut feature, Laundry.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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