Ellen, Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies, by award-winning director Daryne Joshua, comes fresh from sold-out attendances and acclaim at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands.
Joshua said the idea behind the movie was to tell a personal story that would resonate with the audience. “Audiences in the Netherlands responded positively, but the US, with its history of a crystal meth epidemic, has a closer understanding of the situation. Ellen is excited and hopes the movie will help to get the reality of poverty and the uneducated into the spotlight.”
Joshua said that while recognition was always appreciated, the aim of this and his previous well-received movie, Skollie, was to show the situation on the Cape Flats to a broader audience.
He hopes the exposure and box office success will help to bring funders and the government on board to assist other black film-makers in telling authentic local stories.