Experienced local filmmaker Tumi Sejoe will be attending this year’s festival De Cannes in France from May 11 – 22, 2016. The Cannes Film festival is the biggest film awards that recognise talent around the world in film. Sejoe will be participating with her film The Awakened Spirit after it has been accepted to take part in the court metrage short film corner – a programme for short film makers to promote and showcase their films. In achieving this Sejoe said she realised one of her biggest dreams. Every film maker dreams to feature at the festival. She said that one thing that they hope to achieve from showing at the festival is to be able to get a distributor that will take charge of the distribution of the film. “We want to come back with an international distribution deal, and we are very confident in the product that we have,” she said.
She said this is also to certify that Batswana are able and can be able to make films of international standards. She thanked Botswana Insurance Company (BIC) - their sponsor - for believing in them and making them realise this dream. Sejoe has about 10 years in the local film industry and is currently a 3rd director in the upcoming film a United Kingdom, was involved in the production of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and has worked in local TV series Morwalela. According to Sejoe, the film is a universal story of self-discovery set on the background of cultural Botswana, its natural beauty and its people. “An encounter with an older woman leads to the unfolding of Segametsi’s (lead character) life changing journey.” she said. The film takes 15 minutes and is a cultural and inspirational film performed in Setswana with English subtitles targeting audience aged between 15 to 65 years.
BIC Strategy Development and Marketing Manager Komissa Burzlaff said when Sejoe approached them they did not hesitate to help her because she is a woman and also because they believed in her talent. “Seeing that she comes from humble beginnings also inspired us to be of assistance and we will continue to remain a great support and help when needed,” she said. Pauline Kgwarapi, the lead actor Segametsi, expressed great excitement at being part of a film that is going to be acknowledged by the world and for playing a starring role because she has never been the lead actor before.