Africa International Film Festival ( AFRIFF) has condemned the spate of attacks and destruction going in South Africa and has decided to review entries for its 2019 awards.
According to a statement by AFRIFF CEO, Chioma Ude, the review is neccesary with a view to removing films which promotes xenophobic ideas.
The Statemment reads” AFRIFF is aware of the ongoing xenophobic attacks in various cities in South Africa and condemns this act of violence, murder and wanton destruction of properties of foreigners in the strongest terms.
“It is the belief of AFRIFF that the arts as exemplified in films is a powerful tool of shaping public opinions, beliefs, attitude, disposition and actions, hence we believe that it is a vehicle that should be explored maximally to spread the gospel of tolerance, co-operation and mutual understanding amongst the spectrum of humanity.
“It is important to also state that AFRIFF has had a long standing relationship with DIFF and Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission which has resulted in the exchange of ideas, films, filmmakers, financing and future co-production opportunities.
“To this end, we are reviewing all the films submitted to the festival with the intention of expressly removing any film and banning any filmmaker from the festival that has positively expressed xenophobic ideas or any kinds of bigotry. We commiserate with the families of the departed and those who have suffered bodily damage and loss of property and we remain disposed to offer whatever assistance that we can in the furtherance of healing and true accommodation in that much hallowed spirit of Ubuntu.
God bless Africa.