Feature film Fiela’s Child, by director Brett Michael Innes, will participate in the 4th Beirut Women International Film Festival (July 19- 23).
The film has previously won seven awards within its tour across the world’s international festivals. Fiela’s Child will screen on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 PM Beirut time (GMT +3).
Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event held in Beirut that brings together filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world. BWFF tackles issues such as gender equality, sexual identity, and domestic violence, through the power of the lens and cinema, which is the window on society and particularly women in this case.
Fiela’s Child has previously won seven awards, including Best Actress at South African Independent Film Festival, Best Achievement in Sound at African Movie Academy Awards, and Best Film and Best Screenplay at the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA).
The film landed its world premiere at the Silwerskerm Film Festival in South Africa in 2019, where it won the Audience Favorite and Best Score awards, whereas its international premiere was at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) in Estonia, where it won the Audience Choice Award. The film has also participated in a number of international festivals, including the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where it landed its Arab world Premiere, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in India, and the Sedona Film Festival in the USA.
Southern Africa, 1865. A mixed-race woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs.
Written and directed by Brett Michael Innes, Fiela’s Child stars Zenobia Kloppers, Luca Bornman, Wayne Smith, and Wayne van Rooyen. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Brett graduated from AFDA, on a scholarship from the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) of South Africa. He spent three years working as a documentary filmmaker with various NGOs. In 2012 he decided to focus his attention on film and literature and his debut novel, “The Story of Racheltjie de Beer”, became a South African bestseller.
His writing and directing debut, Sink, has been heralded by local critics as a ‘breakout film that sets a new standard for South African cinema’ and saw him win the SAFTA for Best Film and Best Screenplay.