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“YESTERDAY” RECEIVES PEABODY (article first published : 2006-06-11)

The South African filmmaking team of producer Anant Singh and director, Darrell James Roodt was recently presented with the prestigious Peabody Award for their film, Yesterday at a glittering awards ceremony at the ritzy Waldorf –Astoria Hotel in New York.

Yesterday was the first South African film to receive an Oscar Nomination. The first isiZulu film to receive international acclaim, it scored another first by becoming the first South African film to be awarded the prestigious Peabody Award which is widely regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting. This award follows the broadcast of Yesterday in the United States on World AIDS day last year.

The Peabody Awards recognise distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organisations and individuals. They perpetuate the memory of the banker-philanthropist whose name they bear. Established in 1940 and administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the awards programme is the oldest honour in electronic media.

Producer Anant Singh commented, ““The Peabody Award is a very big deal in American broadcasting. We did not recognise its significance. Its uniqueness is that it is not done through a nomination process but winners are selected by a board that watches all the films and then has to unanimously agree to present the Peabody award to a film. We are humbled with the recognition that Yesterday, an indigenous South African film in isiZulu has received on the world stage.”

Yesterday is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, M-Net, The National Film And Video Foundation, Distant Horizon and was shot on location in KwaZulu-Natal. The music was composed by Madala Kunene and it is executive produced by Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring and written and directed by Darrell James Roodt.




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