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93 mins  | Documentary | English Subtitles

Good Hope is a thought-provoking and uplifting feature-length documentary, exploring South Africa’s recent past, present and possible future.

South Africa has a long and complex history. The legacy of colonialism and apartheid hang over it like dark clouds and, despite the avalanche of hope its liberation brought in 1994, there persists a negative narrative about the country that is difficult to shake. This is not helped by the fact that South Africans are statistically the most pessimistic people on earth! Of course the country faces many troubling issues.

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FILMMAKER

Anthony Fabian is an award-winning director of feature films and documentaries. Born in San Francisco, brought up in Mexico City, Paris, and London, he is a graduate of UCLA’s Film & Television School and has been based in London since 1987. Good Hope is his third South African film.

Anthony’s first feature, Skin, tells the moving true story of Sandra Laing – a coloured girl born in 1955 to two, white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. The film is a fascinating exploration of the entire, legal structure of the apartheid system. It was made in 2007 by the company he founded, Elysian Films, co-produced with Margaret Matheson and Genevieve Hofmeyr and stars Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige. It was an Audience Award Finalist at theToronto Film Festival in 2008 and went on to win 22 international awards. Legendary American critic Roger Ebert called it “One of the best films of the year”.
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COMMENTS

“What an amazing film. I congratulate you, especially with such a complex and vexatious subject to sort through. I am so knocked out by the articulacy and optimism of your principal contributors, by their style and pizzaz”

Dame Janet Suzman

“Thank you for your beautiful work and for your passion for human beings and their rights . I had goose bumps through most of film. You really know how to touch your audience.”

Natalie Fisher

Good Hope is fascinating, important and impressive. South Africa is in such a unique position in its history and if they achieve the changes they are on the brink of, the whole world could learn from them and the good hope could spread. I have learnt a lot and been allowed to listen to a wonderful mixture of articulate voices and I do feel hope. PLEASE SHOW IT TO CYRIL RAMAPHOSA!!! It will give him courage. You have done a great thing and I hope it is widely seen.

Dame Harriet Walter

It’s amazing! You said your aim was to make people feel less negative – but you have succeeded in inspiring us.

Steve Watson

A good film needs to tell me something I don’t know and must also touch my heart. Your film scored on both points. I found it very well balanced and broaching all core issues. There were some hair-raising moments, great humour and you cover some very controversial topics. I believe this is a very current documentary that should be exposed globally and most especially nationally in the next few years. Every South African citizen should see it. Your film could serve as the tipping point SA needs for the good forces to overcome the bad ones and ensure the country follows the right path. The power of cinema should never be underestimated.

Malcolm Scerri-Ferrante

Congratulations on the amazing documentary ‘Good Hope’ I was fully absorbed for the whole 90 minutes and it is a message that deserves promoting.

Terry Eaves
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