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ICA Summer Film Festival - "White Wedding" (2009 / 93 mins.)

2011 ICA Summer Film Festival-A World of Laughter

June 23—September 15, 2011

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.” —Mel Brooks

The ability to make someone laugh with you, to share a moment of unabashed mirth, is a wonderful gift.  When people share a genuine laugh, barriers of language, class, gender, and religion can be erased instantaneously, if only for a moment.  This laughter may stem from the absurd or slapstick, the cutting or insightful, but it always disarms the viewer and includes them in the fun.  This year, the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies brings you six films from around the globe whose directors apply this gift of laughter to a variety of subjects and situations.  Travel the world with us to experience the humor that infects us all, to share a good laugh, and to be reminded that wherever we are, there is always something to make us smile.


Introduction by Laura Hubbard, Associate Director, Center for African Studies

The loyal, committed and very decent Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi) leaves Johannesburg on Tuesday en route to pick up his best friend and best man Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo) in Durban. The two will then journey on to Cape Town to begin rehearsals for Elvis’s wedding to the beautiful Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) at an upmarket hotel in glamorous palm-fringed Camps Bay under the cloak of Table Mountain.  But things don’t go according to plan. Tumi, a serial flirt, has a spat with his girlfriend that leads to his car being rendered unusable; eventually the duo get on their way but Tumi’s short-cuts don’t end up making up for lost time.  As Tumi and Elvis struggle to find their way through the Eastern Cape they are picked up by Rose (Jodie Whittaker), a young English doctor who fled the altar after discovering her fiancée was serially unfaithful to her. Now there’s an unlikely trio on the road, with romantic sparks igniting between the flirtatious Tumi and their spirited British companion. Who knows if they’ll make it on time, whether the wedding will be delayed or cancelled or come perilously close to not even happening if Ayanda ditches dependable Elvis for dashing Tony, the township boy turned flashy entrepreneur.  “White Wedding” is an appealing, feel-good movie about love, commitment, intimacy and friendship and the host of maddening obstacles that can get in the way of a happy ending. Uplifting and at times uproarious this is a movie that affirms the dream that romance can overcome any obstacle.

93 mins. (English/Zulu/Xhosa/Afrikaans with English subtitles)
This film is rated PG-13.

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies

 

Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Building 200 - Room 002 (Basement), 450 Serra Mall Stanford University

Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (ICA)
Center for African Studies