1st black female director honoured with release of apartheid film

1st black female director honoured with release of apartheid film

- Euzhan Palcy made history in 1989 when she became the first black female filmmaker to direct a studio movie in Hollywood

- Her movie, A Dry White Season, was actually based on a story written by South African author Andre Brink

- The movie featured Hollywood stars, such as Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon and Donald Sutherland and was celebrated recently as it aired again following its 30th anniversary

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The late South African author Andre Brink wrote the book which inspired the Hollywood movie, A Dry White Season.

In 1989, the film made history as it was the first studio movie directed by a black female filmmaker in Hollywood.

Euzhan Palcy was the pioneering director and the movie was just the second of her career, but it featured some Hollywood heavyweights, such as Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon and Donald Sutherland.

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Now, Palcy has come to the fore once again as the movie has been aired recently at the Toronto International Film Festival due to its 30th anniversary.

A Dry White Season is set in South Africa during the 1970s and shone the spotlight on the apartheid regime.

Palcy said, “It is the most fantastic gift, to see how the film has impacted people, even still today.”

The film also featured South African actors, such as the late Winston Ntshona, Zakes Mokae and Black Panther star, John Kani.

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Quartz Africa reported that Palcy hasn't made another movie since A Dry White Season due to the reluctance from the Hollywood studios to produce stories with black leads.

Palcy said, “I spent more than 20 years on the road, fighting to make people who had the money open the doors to diversity, and to female directors."

Briefly.co.za understands that Palcy has observed positive changes within the film industry and is in the process of directing two movies now.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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