Film director Euzhan Palcy to attend André Brink memorial service

Euzhan Palcy, director of A Dry White Season and black female pioneer of cinema, will visit South Africa to pay tribute to the late André Brink on Monday March 2 at the University of Cape Town.

In 1989, Palcy (originally from La Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean) wrote and directed the anti-apartheid film A Dry White Season adapted from the best-seller by South African writer (author), André Brink. The story is centered around the social movements of South Africa and the 1976 Soweto riots that made known to the world the horror of apartheid.

A Dry White Season is her second film, and the first produced by a black female film director for US studio major MGM. She brought Marlon Brando out of retirement for a cameo role which continued Palcy’s signature work of dramatic stories of historical social change.

To prepare for the film, Palcy defied the “special branch” of the apartheid police with the help of Dr. Nthato Motlana, Nelson Mandela’s personal physician, who smuggled her into Soweto. She received the Orson Welles award in 1989 for the movie.

Palcy is the only black director (male or female) who managed to produce a feature film about apartheid in the United States during the 27 years Nelson Mandela was in prison.

Some of Palcy’s other films include Sugar Cane Alley (1983), Simeon, Ruby Bridges and The Journey of the Dissidents. Her first film, Sugar Cane Alley, won numerous awards internationally including the prestigious French César Award for best first feature film, making Palcy the first black artist to win this “French Oscar”.

She has also received several awards for her work including Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, Officer in the National Order of Merit, Knight of Les Arts et des Lettres and the Gold Medal of Martinique.

This legendary director will travel to Cape Town to attend the special memorial service for André Brink, her longtime friend, and will share some unique reflections on the esteemed writer.

The UCT memorial for André P Brink will be held on Monday 2 March 2015, at Kramer LT1 on middle campus, at 18h30 for 19h00.

  • Read her tribute to Brink here:
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Goodbye for now André

publie le 07/01/2016

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