Bogoshi Bjaka, a film starring late actors Charles “Big Boy” Maja and Candy “Vho Makhadzi” Moloi recently scooped two international awards at the Crown Wood International Film Festival in Kolkata, India.
Bogoshi Bjaka’ is a suspense-filled thriller that focuses on a Pedi Royal Family where two brothers war over their ailing father’s throne. ‘Bogashi Bjaki’ takes on a “Cain and Abel” premise where Mothapo, the older brother, is expected to take on the throne but his younger jealous brother, Lerumo, contests him. The conflict not only angers the ancestors but makes their father gravely ill. The Royal House is then split into factions and the fight for power ensues. Women, spiritual diviners, money, and natural strength are weapons of the war. The film is performed purely in the Sepedi language and the actors’ performances are engrossing.
Director Percy Maboane expressed his pride in the film being recognized internationally. “We are delighted that the film won an award for producer Lizzy Moloto in National Women’s Month and congratulated producer Moloto for winning the best filmmaker. “We are delighted that the film won an award for producer Lizzy Moloto in National Women’s Month,” director Maboane expressed in an interview.
This was in addition to being nominated for the best film at the Hollywood International Golden Film Awards in Los Angeles in August, where it made it to the finals. “We are proud to share and celebrate the film’s success with South Africans, and we congratulate the cast and crew for making the country proud,” said the director.