“Siyabonga” (english title: We Are Thankful), named after main character Siyabonga Majola, is a docufiction film set in modern day South Africa. We follow Siyabonga, a young man from the township of Mphopomeni, who one day hears that a movie is to be made in a nearby town and makes it his mission to be a part of the film. Siyabonga’s journey takes him down many surprising paths that lead him to a meeting with the film’s director. Here we observe the conversation that caused the film we are watching to come into existence. A film based on real events, re-enacted by those who lived through them, we follow this extraordinary man as he does all he can to try and improve his life and take control of his fortune.
Joshua Magor (b. 1991) is a South African writer, director, cinematographer and producer originally from KwaZulu Natal and currently based between London and South Africa. He is the Founder of Other People, an independent production company and also serves as a visiting lecturer at the London Film School. After developing an interest in filmmaking whilst making video art at high school, Joshua earned a scholarship to study English Literature and Economics at the University of Edinburgh and then progressed to do his masters degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School. During this time he worked consistently on honing his craft through the production of experimental and narrative films, documentaries and video installations. Working as a director, writer and cinematographer Joshua’s short films have been screened and won awards at over twenty festivals around the world. He has participated in various development programs and and most recently was selected to participate in Berlinale Talents at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. His debut feature “Siyabonga” was selected for the Official Competition at Locarno Film Festival, making its world premiere in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section. “Siyabonga” made its domestic premiere at the Cape Town International Film Festival in the Official Competition and its North American Premiere at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival where it won the award for Best Performance. Joshua is currently in the development stage of his next feature “Sea Within A Sea”.