Award-winning doccie, The Shore Break, heading to cinemas and DVD

Nonhle Mbuthuma, is a young local eco-tour guide, and a staunch supporter of her people and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depends. She wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle. Nonhle opposes the mining operations and highway construction in the Xolobeni area. The Shore Break  unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever.

Nonhle Mbuthuma, a young local eco-tour guide, and staunch supporter of her people and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depends, wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle. Nonhle opposes the mining operations and highway construction in the Xolobeni area. The Shore Break unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever.

Multi-award winning doccie The Shore Break is set to have cinema screenings in Jozi before becoming available on DVD and online.

The film about the proposed titanium mine and tolled highway on the Wild Coast, will be screened at The Bioscope in Johannesburg from August 28 to September 3. This is ahead of the launch of the DVD and Video on Demand sales, which begin on September 4.

The Shore Break, directed by Ryley Grunenwald, and co-produced with Odette Geldenhuys, has garnered a series of top awards since it premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam earlier this year.

Awards now include the best feature length documentary at the 2015 International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris, the Backsberg Audience Choice Award from Encounters, and the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award and the overall audience award from DIFF. It was also nominated for best documentary at Silwerskermfees taking place this weekend in Camps Bay.

Described by the jurors of the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award as a “powerful portrayal of a struggle within a local community regarding foreign mining rights in a pristine environment…(and) concisely and movingly uncovers this complex and urgent matter, which is still under investigation and in need of public support.”

“We are both delighted about these accolades, not only for ourselves but for the fact that these issues are being highlighted and the community’s challenges are made visible to an external environment other than the one in which they exist,” say Grunenwald and Geldenhuys.

It is for this reason the two have made a decision to release the film as a DVD and  on the Video on Demand platform Vimeo, as part of an endeavour to highlight the issues at play to a broader audience.

From September 4, the film will be distributed via direct sale of DVDs in South Africa via www.theshorebreakmovie.com for R100 for individuals and R1000 for organisations, institutions and associations who require a wider range of screening rights.

The Shore Break will also be available throughout Africa for Video on Demand online rentals via www.theshorebreakmovie.com or https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theshorebreak from September 4. Pre-orders are available now.

To book for the Bioscope screenings go to: https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/TheShoreBreak

To book for the film at Silwerskermfees go to www.ticketpros.co.za

For more information go to www.theshorebreakmovie.com, like the Facebook page: theshorebreakmovie or follow the news on Twitter @theshorebreak

Check out the trailer at https://player.vimeo.com/video/130348046 or link to The Shore Break’s Vimeo In Demand Page: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theshorebreak

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