Alison The Movie is scheduled to debut at the Encounters International Film Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg on Friday.
The film, written and made by Uga Carlini, explores the life of Alison Botha, who was raped, stabbed and disemboweled – and survived to rebuild her life as an inspirational speaker. Carlini, herself, specialises in female heroin stories and was probably the best candidate to bring this extraordinary story to film.
This film is unique in that it is a hybrid production but also because an English and a part Afrikaans version of the film have been made – which promoters say is a first for the South African Feature film landscape.
The subject of the film, Alison Botha said she was excited by the production and the probable impact it would have on those who watch it.
“I am so grateful and very proud that Encounters have chosen to showcase the Alison movie at their long-standing, admired film festival in June,” said Botha.
“And, I have to admit, a little school-girl-like-shriekingly-giggly and excited about it too! Trying to hold it together. It is a bit surreal – knowing that audiences will soon be viewing our film – it feels like standing on the brink of a bungy-jump, scared to step off the ledge but knowing that you want to jump more than anything and that it will be so worth it. I’m looking forward to that feeling,” added Botha.
The film is one of 17 South African films that will feature at this year’s festival. The others include:
– Action Kommandant
– The Black Christ
– I Shot Bi Kidude
– Lost Tongue
– Mr Table Tennis
– The Night is Fading
– Opening Stellenbosch
– The Pearl of Africa
– A Present From The Poet
– The Revolution Won’t Be Televised
– Soweto Time of Wrath
– Taking Stock
-Walking In My Shoes
Encounters is not just a festival though, it is a platform that focuses on issues that affect South Africa and the planet in general.