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VIDEOVISION SUPPORTS DIFF (article first published : 2007-06-16)

Sanjeev Singh, Head Of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment has announced that the company will participate in the Durban International Film Festival with five films: Prey (which is also produced by Videovision), Emmanuelís Gift, Gracie, River Queen and Panís Labyrinth.

Prey will have its South African premiere on June 26 at the Durban International film festival with producer, Anant Singh and director, Darrell James Roodt in attendance. It stars Bridget Moynahan, Peter Weller, Jamie Bartlett and Carly Schroeder. The film is the terrifying story about the peril of an American family on holiday in Africa who become lost in a game reserve and are stalked by lions.

Emmanuelís Gift is a touching documentary feature directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern and narrated by Oprah Winfrey. The film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country.

While Emmanuel's message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational. Emmanuel begins his quest with a bicycle ride over 600 kilometres across Ghana with one leg-and continues to spread his vision with grit and resolve.

Gracie set in 1978, is an inspirational film about a teenage girl who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when girls' soccer did not exist. Based on true events from the lives of the Shue family, the film is directed by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and stars Carly Schroeder, Elizabeth Shue, and Dermot Mulroney. Gracie will be released in South Africa on December 21.

River Queen, directed by Vincent Ward, is set in 1868 New Zealand during the war between British colonists and resisting Maori tribes and places a very human story at the centre of this clash. An Irish woman has a relationship with a Maori man and gives birth to a son. The boy is kidnapped by his Maori grandfather and it takes years before Sarah finds him again, living with his grandfatherís tribe. As the tribe prepares for battle against the colonizers, Sarah is caught between the two sides. The film stars Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Temuera Morrison and Stephen Rea and will be released in South Africa on October 26.

Closing the Festival is director, Guillermo del Toroís multi Oscar winning film, Panís Labyrinth. The film straddles the fantastic and the tragic. In 1944 at the end of the Spanish Civil War, recently-married Carmen moves with her daughter Ofelia into the house of her new husband, the sadistic fascist Captain Vidal. Finding her new life hard to bear, Ofelia seeks refuge in a mysterious labyrinth she discovers next to the sprawling family house. Pan, the guardian, a magical creature, reveals that she is none other than the long princess of a magical kingdom. To discover the truth, Ofelia will have to accomplish three dangerous tasks. Panís Labyrinth will be released in South Africa on July 6.




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