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Update on 2014 DFM Project Alison the movie

05 May 2017

Update on 2014 DFM Project Alison the movie

ALISON, a 2014 Durban FilmMart project, has quickly become one of South Africa’s most hotly anticipated award winning hybrid films. Deploying a bold mixture of fairy tale idiom and unflinching frankness to tell its story of survival, resilience and triumph, Alison has been dubbed “a story of monsters, miracles and hope”.

This is also the first time Alison has ever allowed cameras into her home after producers from all over the world have been trying to get the story rights for seventeen years. Inspired by the best-selling book 'I Have Life', which has been translated into 7 languages and has remained a perennial on the Penguin Random House bestseller list since 1998, a special film tie-in edition of the top-selling book is already in its second print since being launched this year.

After recently being nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Silwerskermfees 2016, Alison the movie has since been bestowed the top honour of INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN PLATINUM AWARD WINNER for best documentary at this year’s World Humanitarian Film Awards. Director Uga Carlini has also just won the Writer's Guild of South Africa MUSE AWARD for "Alison" for best Documentary Screenplay for 2017. The film has won for best overall documentary on the African continent at the recent AMVCA 2017 - The African Continent Oscars and has been nominated for SAFTAS in all 5 documentary categories.

The film had its international premiere at Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles, where it not only got pick of the fest from Enclave LA, the hybrid film also made history by becoming the first South African film to be selected for this iconic film festival.  Some of the other international film festivals include, the Cayman Islands International Film Festival and winning Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival.

Local highlights include Alison as the opening film of the 2016 Mzanzi Women’s Festival at Constitutional Hill and being part of the official selection of the NFVF showcase of films In Honor of Women and Activism at this year’s Grahamstown International Arts Festival. The film recently returned from the Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, Paris and New York, the Bahamas International Film festival and will be competing for best film by a female director at the 2017Women´s Director International Film Festival in India as well as in the competition of the "Freedom films" in this 6th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival that which took place in March this year.