Fiela's Child

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Based on a bestselling novel by Dalene Matthee
Created by award-winning South African filmmaker Brett Michael Innes
Most nominated film at the South African Film & Television Awards 2020
Winner of four awards, including the Audience Favorite at the Silwerskerm Film Festival and SAFTA Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Screened at 50 movie theaters in South Africa and Namibia.
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2019/ South Africa125 min/ Historical Drama
Original Title
Fiela Se Kind
Southern Africa, 1880. A mixed-race woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, he is forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a group of woodpeckers that claim to be his family.
Zenobia Kloppers
Luca Bornman
Wayne Smith
Wayne van Rooyen
Screenwriter: Brett Michael Innes
DOP: Tom Marais
Editor: C.A. van Aswegen
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Production Company(ies)
Nostalgia Productions
The Film Factory
Brett Michael Innes
Danie Bester
film festivals
Silwerskerm Film Festival, South Africa
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Estonia
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
International Film Festival of India (IFFI), India
International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), India
Sedona Film Festival, USA
South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA), South Africa
film awards
Audience Favorite, Best Score at the Silwerskerm Film Festival, South Africa
Audience Choice Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Estonia
Best Film and Best Screenplay at the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA), South Africa
Best Achievement in Sound at African Movie Academy Awards, South Africa
Best Actress at South African Independent Film Festival, South Africa
“There’s a distinctive magical feel about the cinematography…” Victor Fraga - Dirty Movies

“Tom Marais (Hunter Killer) moves his camera with such finesse, it almost feels as if you’re part of the Komoetie-family.” TheFlemishSeth - into:screens

“With the aid of cinematographer Tom Marais’s painterly compositions, Innes creates a strong visual contrast between the brightness of the plains of the Komoetie’s home and the gloom of the forest, between cleanliness and dirt, joy and misery.” Demetrios Matheou - Screen Daily