International Competition


We Are Thankful

A film based on real events, re-enacted by those who lived through them, we follow Siyabonga who dreams of becoming an actor. When a film production comes to his town, Siyabonga does his best to seize this chance. His surprising journey leads him to a meeting with the director, which gave birth to this film.

Japanese Premiere

Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Guest Talk Session After Screening


Director:Joshua Magor

  • South Africa
  • 2018
  • 97min
  • Color
  • DCP
  • Zulu, English
  • JPN & ENG Sub.

Writer: Joshua Magor | Main Casts: Siyabonga Majola, Sabelo Khoza, Xolani “X” Malinga, Amanda Ncube, Percy Mncedicy Zulu, Ntokozo Mkhize, Sibusiso “Sbu” Nzama, Luthando “Cminzah” Ngcobo, Mancane Dlomo, Nkanyiso Ndumiso, Nonduh Zuma, Mondli Ndlovu, Thembalihle Mncadi | Producer(s): Joshua Magor, Bronwyn Coburn, Michelle Cho | Cinematographer: Cem Demirer | Sound: Heikki Simp-pula | Editor: Lorenzo Nera | Mix: Tiago Cardoso, Dinis Henriques (Pulsar Studios)

World Premiere : Locarno International Film Festival 2018

A South African filmmaker originating from Pietermaritzburg. His debut feature Siyabonga made its world premiere at the 71st Locarno Film Festival and went on to play at numbers of film festivals and art galleries. He is a Berlinale Talents alumni and is the founder of the production company Other People.

Director’s Statement

I was planning to make a film and published an article in a newspaper looking for people who can help us. I was contacted by a young man, Siyabonga Majola, who was very keen to help, and we agreed to meet. After I talked to him, I was so moved by him that I threw away all my previous plans and decided to make a film about him.