Friday, 30 October 2015

Dis ek, Anna - A must see & takes on International Film Festivals.

A Durban International Film Festival Feature Dis ek, Anna translated 'It's me, Anna' based on a popular book by South African author Anchien Troskie chronicles the life of Anna being sexually abused during her adolescent years by her Step-dad whom she murders and confesses to the crime. It is a heart wrenching story that will haunt people for a long time. It touches on very sensitive issues of how families and society deals with sexual abuse. Directed by Sara Bletcher (Otelo Burning, Ayanda) who does an Incredible job at bringing the novel to life. This is an awareness film, not everyone may feel comfortable to see it but that is the exact reason why it should be seen. It is very real and there are some scenes that are terribly haunting, if anything it is an open window to a really dark and disturbing reality of many people who are victims of sexual abuse.

Morne Visser was in attendance at the Ster-Kinekor pre-screening at Tygervalley Mall, Cape Town. I met him before I watched the film and we spoke right after. There were times when I could not hear what he was saying. I was just amazed at the man who stood in front of me versus the man whom he played on screen, I do not how actors do it but it is amazing. Mr. Visser was emotional just like the entire audience after the film, there was a grim air afterwards. I also hold so much respect for the young lady who played  young Anna, Izel Bezuindenhout.

The film plays in Afrikaans with English subtitles. 

Dis ek, Anna is a hit. I am curious to know how it will grab International audiences as it travels to various International Film Festivals such as The Africa in Motion Festival in Scotland and the Royal African Society Film Festival in London in November. 

To show your support go on over to Childline to assist in the fight against Child Abuse.   

Izel Bezuidenhout plays young Anna. 
Charlene Brouwer plays Anna.

Morne Visser at the Dis Ek Anna pre-screening in Cape Town.

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