A Drink In The Passage

In 1960, Edward Simelane won a prize for his remarkable sculpture. He did not know that the contest was strictly for whites. While the committee decided to give him the award, it created a nation-wide outcry. An Afrikaaner man, who is moved by the Simelane’s work, invites him to have a drink, but is suddenly afraid to take him inside his flat. The film shows how class differences and racial prejudice can prevent us reaching, touching, and connecting with each other. This film was adapted for the screen from the Alan Paton story written in 1963 and winner of the special prize for short film at FESPACO. It was also screened at Cannes, the 1st Commonwealth Film Festival, and Zanzibar.