Story of a Beautiful Country

Director: Khalo Matabane
Countries: South Africa / Canada
Year: 2004
Running Time: 73 min.
Language: English


The journey of Khalo Matabane, a young black filmmaker in search of his “promised land,” serves as an open forum for ordinary people to talk about their feelings and impressions of the new South Africa.

About the Director

Khalo Matabane

Biography: Khalo Matabane is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose filmography has brought him both national and international acclaim. His films about South Africa include Poetic Conversations (1996), a half-hour profile on the black consciousness poet Ingoapele Madingoane, Two Decades Still (1996), a look at the 1976 uprising in Soweto; The Waiters (1997), stories of hope about people waiting for lost family members to return; and Young Lions (1999), about three former youth activists. He has been invited to workshops and festivals around the world, and in 2004 he gave creative writing courses at the National Electronic and Media Institute of South Africa.

Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.81)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Story of a Beautiful Country (2005);
Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005).

Poetic Conversations (1996);
Two Decades Still (1996);
The Waiters (1997);
Young Lions (1999);
Love in a Time of Sickness (2001);
Story of a Beautiful Country (2004);
Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005);
When We Were Black (2006);
Imagine Afrika (2007);
State of Violence (2010);
Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (2013).