Always a feast for the film lover (especially the lover of African cinema), the lineup for the 2015 edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), which will run from May 6 – 12, announced a couple of weeks ago, includes a few titles you’ll recognize like the opening night film – the South African crime drama “Cold Harbour” by Carey McKenzie.
Previously titled “Black South-Easter,” “Cold Harbour” is a South African crime thriller starring Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena (maybe the most recognizable to USA audiences), Yu Nan, Deon Lotz, Thomas Gumede and Zolani Mahola.
It’s directed by Carey McKenzie, and produced by Tendeka Matatu.
The film opens with the mutilated body of a Chinese man that washes up on a Cape Town beach. For township cop Sizwe Miya (played by Kgoroge), this is an opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. His boss and mentor, Venske (Lotz), gives Sizwe the case but assigns a rookie cop, Legama (Gumede), to keep an eye on him. Sizwe discovers that the homicide is linked to the Chinese mafia who are smuggling goods into Cape Town. Set in a murky moral underworld where self-interest and corruption have overtaken loyalty and honor, integrity demands that Sizwe take the law into his own hands, working for a police department that will sell itself to the highest bidder.
It’s been a long road for the project, which was part of the Berlinale Talent Project Market in 2008, when I first learned about it, and have been following since.
The film has already screened theatrically in South Africa, was recently screened as part of the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles’ 2015 lineup in February, and will now be screening for New Yorkers at the African Film Festival next month.
It’s set to open the festival on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 pm which will be followed by a Q&A with director Carey McKenzie and producer Tendeka Matatu.
S&A will certainly be present for the festival, so expect reviews of several of the films that’ll screen there this year.
In the meantime, check out the good-looking trailer for “Cold Harbour” below: