Mmabatho Montsho’s two films Joko Ya Hao and The Award Ceremony have been selected for the prestigious Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 2020. The 28th annual PAFF will take place in Los Angeles from the 11th to the 23rd of February.ctress, writer and director,
“It’s with the greatest & sincerest pride to announce that 2 films I wrote & directed have been selected for the prestigious Pan African Film Festival 2020. Big up to great performances of Simphiwe Dana who stars in Joko Ya Hao; my mom and Gali Mfokazane who star in The Award Ceremony,” wrote Mmabatho Montsho.
She also sent a special shout out to the crew she’s been working with making sure that these two films become what she has envisioned.
“And a special shout out to the crew! Let out work speak for itself. And of course, to my long-time collaborator and editor Moagi, we are talented my friend,” wrote Mmabatho.
Mmabatho said that people can only watch Joko Ya Hao and The Award Ceremony when they are done with the film festivals.
Simphiwe Dana portrays the character of Nozizwe in the flick Joko Ya Hao. Her character is modeled on the late struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as part of a Being Mandela project.
It tells the story of a Christina woman who came from the village to seek help for her oppressed people in the ’50s. The film also features established actor Jet Novuka and Sibulele Gcilitshana.
Late last year (2019) The Award Ceremony was also selected for its first film festival, Worldwide Women’s Film Festival in Arizona, USA.
According to the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, The Award Ceremony educates, supports, and empowers women in the collaborative endeavor of filmmaking while they shine a light on women’s stories, stories by women, and other diverse experiences across all genders.