Bay Filmmakers’ Next: Die maskers van Verlossing (The masks of Redemption) 2021

By Nombongo Nxele

Mikale Barry is a filmmaker who is inspired to create narratives that reflect the transitioning South African film industry with a key interest in developing its creative economy through the global export of African content. He manages a film consultancy company in Motion Media & Arts Projects specialising in producing film content for local filmmakers based in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), Eastern Cape.

The Masks of Redemption is a local short film that follows the struggles of members of a suburban community, in a poor middle-class part of the city in present day South Africa. The film’s protagonist Xaviour who endeavours to encourage and uplift the spirits of the community. However, he is targeted by the parish spokesperson who is determined to win the favour of the parish in his endeavours for power.

Talking about his inspiration for creating the film Barry said, “What inspired me to produce the film is the relationship between the father and the son, another reason is the coloured community doesn’t have many opportunities to express their talent.” 

The Masks of Redemption film casted local actors from Nelson Mandela Bay. Barry advises young film makers who want to join the industry that in order for a person to achieve the final goal patience and passion is everything for being a successful filmmaker.

Die maskers van Verlossing (The masks of Redemption) has been released on Vimeo and you can click on the following link to watch . Barry is searching for other distribution channels.

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