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South Africa Chooses Boxing Film 'Knuckle City' For Oscars Consideration

South Africa has chosen Knuckle City as its submission for the coveted International Feature Film category at the next edition of the Oscars.

The film enjoyed its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema category at the Toronto Film Festival. 

SA's Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the talented team behind the film on Twitter.

The film follows the journey of Dudu Nyakama, an ageing boxer who is down and out, as he struggles to qualify for the one fight that he believes will bring together and uplift his fractured family. In the underbelly of the boxing world that is rife with criminality, Dudu enlists the help of his dangerous but resourceful, gangster brother who is coming out of prison. Haunted by the ghost of their dad, Dudu soon realises that the fight going on at home is way more challenging than any opponent he could ever face in the ring.

Knuckle City is the Director Jahmil X. T. Qubeka's fourth film. Another one of Jahmil's movies, Sew the Winter to My Skin, was also submitted by South Africa for the 2018 Oscars. Though the film was not nominated, it won several other awards.

Knuckle City's Bongile Mantsai took home the best actor award for his role as Dudu at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), while the National Film and Video Foundation's CEO, Makhosazana Khanyile was confident when she announced the Oscar selection.

She said that the film is as hard-hitting as the title suggests. Khanyile added that quintessentially the movie is South African, but it tells a universal tale and touches on such diverse themes that make it dark and relatable.


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