Virginia Film Society to Present 'The Guguletu Seven'

September 19, 2006

Sept. 19, 2006 -- On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Virginia Film Society will screen “The Guguletu Seven,'  a chilling portrayal of the killing of seven blacks during the apartheid regime in South Africa. The seven young men were deemed to be “terrorists” and were shot dead in the township of Guguletu, near Cape Town, by an elite police division on March 3, 1986. A witness, however, says he saw one of the men being shot with his hands up in the act of surrendering. The unraveling of the truth of this event 10 years later, by investigators of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is the gripping journey of this award-winning film.

South African documentary filmmaker Lindy Wilson, the director of “The Guguletu Seven,” will be on hand to discuss the film, which was awarded the silver Dhow Prize at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2002.

Virginia Film Festival director Richard Herskowitz states: “I was struck by the cinematic and political force of this riveting documentary, and I’m thrilled that director Lindy Wilson will be visiting from South Africa and here to present it.”

All Virginia Film Society events are co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Most screenings feature special guest speakers. Screenings are held at Vinegar Hill Theatre at 7 p.m. with the exception of “Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray,” which will be shown at the Regal Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Admission to individual screenings is $8 and free to Film Society members.

Membership for the Virginia Film Society is just $50 ($40 for students and seniors). Membership benefits include admission to 12 screenings (through the spring season), a free pass to Regal Cinemas, $2 off rentals on Mondays at Sneak Reviews (non-new releases only) and $6 Tuesday movies at Vinegar Hill. Individual admission tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before the screening at the venue box office, when seats are available.

Lindy Wilson’s visit is cosponsored with Studies in Women and Gender and the Carter Woodson Institute.

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