The short film
is based on the true story of a young man who desperate to escape poverty and travels to Durban in search of better opportunities, says Durban born filmmaker Mawande Kheswa, who self-funded the project.
Faced with the reality of minimal chances of success without an education, he uses the last of his money to register at university and sacrifices shelter and food, while living on the streets and studying. Some people catch wind of his story and assist him to make his dream of being an accountant a reality.
Kheswa says that his passion for storytelling has 'grown by leaps and bounds from his early days in television' on eTV’s Sunrise. His aim with producing films is to tell positive uplifting stories.
"As a young South African facing 30.1% of unemployment in a country experiencing an economic downturn, I wanted to show tell a story of hope and encourage young people that you can do something to change your situation with enough determination," says Kheswa.
The Musicbed Challenge competition was founded on the belief that creatives have the power to shape culture and make a positive contribution to the world. The challenge for the competition for 2020 was for filmmakers from all walks of life to create short films that would inspire, uplift and build optimism toward the future during COVID-19.
"This is just the beginning, as I see myself winning many film awards including the Loeries
," concludes Kheswa.
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