Premiere of African Indian Odyssey documentary film


To celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Indian settlers in South Africa, Ochre Moving Pictures in collaboration with CISA (Centre for Indian Studies in Africa) at the University of Witwatersrand have produced “African Indian Odyssey”, a documentary film.  

Saffron TV, a subsidiary of Ochre Moving Pictures premiered the documentary “African Indian Odyssey” on Saturday 13 November, 2010 at 16h30 during DStv Premium Open time on channel 456. This was followed by big screen premieres on Thursday 18 November at the Dorothy Suskind Auditorium at Wits University in Johannesburg, and in Durban on 24 November at the Supernova Theatre @ NuMetro CineCentre @ Suncoast.

The African Indian Odyssey documentary features South Africa’s leading intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the story of South Asians in South Africa, the enormous sacrifices they made in building communities and their prominent role in the anti-apartheid movement. The result is a powerful portrait of South Africa’s unlikely minority, unsettling old stereotypes and posing new questions of what it means to be South African.

The film focuses on four main themes, each an individual journey of exploration through the eyes of the well known presenters, namely, artist Riason Naidoo, author Achmat Dangor, historian and journalist William Gumede, and Indian television personality and great granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi – Amrita Gandhi.

Stan Joseph, CEO of Ochre Moving Pictures and Saffron TV, and African Indian Odyssey executive producer says “We wanted to make a film during the 150th anniversary that would contribute to the story of contemporary South African history.  We don’t see this as something just for the Indian community, it’s a part of all of our history.  We hope it will contribute to the ongoing struggle to respect diversity in South Africa”

Directed by Hina Saiyada, written by Jon Soske and produced by Gita Pather, Dilip Menon and Stan Joseph, African Indian Odyssey provides an insight of the people who carved a new life and home in another country and continent