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AWARD FOR SA FILM (article first published : 2006-04-24)

Dollars and White Pipes, a part of the M-Net Original Movies series, has won the coveted Jury Prize for Best Director - First Feature at The Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles, California.

Directed by Donovan Marsh, the film tells the story of a young man who escapes the townships of Cape Town to find a better life in the city. Based on the true life story of former gangster Bernard Farber, Dollars and White Pipes shows how Bernie (played by Clint Brink) survives a tough time with a bloodthirsty gang in Cape Town to flourish and open his own club in the city.

The film is one of seven commissioned by M-Net under the Original Movies banner for broadcast in 2004, which included Academy Award-nominated Yesterday and award-winning cult film Gums & Noses.

Head of M-Net Original Productions, Carl Fischer, is proud that South African films are finally getting the international recognition they deserve: "Yesterday piqued the world's interest at the 2005 Academy Awards, Tsotsi won the Oscar in 2006, and now with Dollars and White Pipes having won the PAFF prize, the South African film industry is definitely on the world map," he says.

Oscar-winning film Tsotsi also scooped a Pan African Film and Arts Festival Award - the Jury Prize for Best Feature.

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. Each year, PAFF presents over 100 quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

PAFF presents one of America's largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers each year.




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