The development of a film about Miriam Makeba is great news, and I hope South Africans will watch it when it is released.
South Africa has done little to showcase its rich cultural history through the art of filmmaking.
We’ve failed to tell the beautiful stories of iconic individuals who weren’t involved in politics.
On the other hand, America has succeeded in inspiring the world through such films.
Movies such as Something the Lord Made, Gifted Hands and Ray have made a profound contribution to American culture.
These movies inspire the youth so much that success has become the norm in that country.
Most of South Africa’s successful movies have portrayed the harsh reality of our society.
Movies such as Yesterday, Jerusalema and Tsotsi covered topics such as Aids, crime and violence.
When are we going to tell the inspiring story of self-taught surgeon Hamilton Naki?
Who will tell the story of Dr Thamsanqa “Wilkie” Kambule, who made great strides in the field of mathematics?
When will we see a movie about musical genius Philip Tabane?
These are some of the many great South Africans whose stories are filled with hope.
Their stories have the potential to inspire the youth.
But more than that, they can help us define what it truly means to be a South African.
Christopher Mazibuko, Soshanguve