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‘London Recruits’ to Kick Off Joburg Film Festival This Month

The Joburg Film Festival unveils the Opening Film for its 2024 edition, and “London Recruits,” offers an interesting journey through the 1960s.
February 26, 2024
6:53 am
London Recruits

The Joburg Film Festival has revealed its opening film for the 2024 edition: “London Recruits.” Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gordan Main and produced by Jacinta De Nobrega and Robyn Slovo, this historical drama sets the stage for an unforgettable cinematic experience at one of Africa’s most esteemed film festivals.


“London Recruits” delves into the turbulent 1960s, chronicling the courageous efforts of a group of young activists who undertake covert missions to combat apartheid in South Africa.


Based on true events, the film sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of history, blending elements of espionage, bravery, and sacrifice. Featuring a talented ensemble cast, including emerging talents and seasoned actors, “London Recruits” delivers powerful performances that breathe life into the historical narrative. With its suspenseful storytelling and thought-provoking themes, the film is poised to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact.


In conjunction with this announcement, the Joburg Film Festival introduces its esteemed panel of jurors tasked with selecting winning films for this year’s awards. The diverse panel comprises industry professionals renowned for their contributions to African cinema on the global stage. Among them are:

– Tosh Gitonga, a Paris-based producer and director with a passion for promoting African storytelling.

– Nthati Moshesh, a multiple award-winning actress celebrated for her contributions to South African cinema.

– Dr. Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhethea, an acclaimed actor known for his roles in critically acclaimed films.

– Pape Boye, a seasoned financier and co-producer with extensive experience in Africa and the Middle East.

– Andrea Voges, a multifaceted film professional with a career spanning nearly two decades in supporting and promoting artists worldwide.

These jurors will evaluate 15 selected features across various categories, including Best African/Diaspora Film, Best Film, Best Documentary, and Audience Awards, among others.


Breaking new ground, the festival introduces an interactive feature empowering audiences to influence an awards category. For the first time, attendees can participate in an in-cinema ballot vote to select their favorite film for the Audience Award. This initiative enhances the interactive experience for moviegoers and democratizes the festival, amplifying inclusivity and engagement.


Presented by MultiChoice Group in association with Absa and supported by Brand South Africa, Movie Room, NFV, and South African Tourism, the sixth Joburg Film Festival promises an exciting and immersive celebration of cinematic arts for audiences of all backgrounds.


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