- A film starring late legendary thespian Mary Twala will open this year's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)
- The movie was filmed in the mountains of Lesotho in April and May last year
- The 41st DIFF will go virtual, from 10 to 20 September, this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Somizi Mhlongo's mother Mary Twala passed away two months ago but her great work in the Mzansi film and TV industry continues to light up our screens.
The 41st Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will open with the late legendary actress as the leading actress in the film This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DIFF will go virtual from 10 to 20 September. Local and international films will be screened at the festival.
The film starring Mary was directed by Lemogang Jeremiah Mosese. It has already been screened at Venice, Sundance and Rotterdam.
Mosese told Sowetan last month that Mary endured harsh weather conditions on set. He said she "was often carried by crew members or was taken to locations on horseback".
"Now that she has passed on, I feel like she is carrying us through this life."
The movie was filmed last year in April and May in the remote mountains of Lesotho.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mary is featured in Beyoncé's hit visual album Black Is King. Mary played Rafiki in the project. One of the film's director's paid tribute to her in a moving Twitter post. He wrote:
"In memorial of South African legend, Mary Twala, who passed away a few weeks ago. This might have been her last film role. (It) was a blessing to direct her as our Rafiki in Black Is King. The ancestors never left you. Rest in peace."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Somizi is happy to father Nomzamo Mbatha’s children if she’s in the market. Even though Somizi is happily married, like almost every man in Mzansi, he can’t resist Nomzamo’s undeniable beauty.
Somizi decided to share a saucy snap of Nomzamo to his social media and offered his baby-making services to her. Gahahaha, Somizi is a total cracker at times, this comment is golden.
"hayi sisi woza......convert me from a rand to a dollar......from gay to straight...."
Seeing the post, Nomzamo was both flattered and entertained. If there was anyone she would choose to father her kids, it would totally be Somizi. Sis is probably joking Somizi, so keep your marriage intact.
"Father of my kids. Baba wezingane zami. I choose you."
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