Watch | South African dance doc wins coveted award at Tribeca Film Festival


While the festival itself will no longer be taking place this year, the 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival has still reviewed and awarded chosen features that have been submitted.

Among the list of winners is a local film titled My Father the Mover, which scooped up the coveted ‘Best Documentary Short’ award. The film is written, directed and produced by South African filmmaker, Julia Jansch and tells the story of Stoan – a dancer who uses African electronic Gqom beats to motivate children living in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town to “jive through their hardship and find their superpowers.”

According to Jansch, the feature happened by a stroke of serendipity, “It was a random encounter,” she said, “I met Stoan through my co-producer, Mandilakhe Yengo. He was working behind the scenes as a choreographer on a series. We started chatting and I asked him how long he has been a dancer for. He answered by saying ‘I’m not a dancer, I’m a mover’. I was immediately intrigued.”

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‘My Father the Mover’ was announced as the Best Documentary Short Film, with the panel calling it “a ‘movement’ film which frees people from pain” 

Tribeca Film Festival is an annual which showcases a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a sought after platform for independent filmmakers -in all genres- to release their work on.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tribeca Film Festival will be presenting their awards online this year and will air a selection of films alongside other festivals such as Cannes and Sundance on ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’ on taking place on YouTube later this month. 

Watch the trailer for ‘My Father the Mover’ below and read more on the latest entertainment news, right here


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