Documentary Wins Social Justice Award in Santa Barbara

We are very happy to announce that A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake was named the winner of the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Competition at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake was chosen out of a group of nine documentaries, all recognized for their role in advancing social, economic, and environmental justice.

We are honored by the enthusiastic reception of the film in Santa Barbara, as well as the outside hope and enthusiasm that this award has brought to our work at Global Arts Corps.

Nick Boraine, Michael Lessac, and Jackie Lessac on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Nick Boraine, Michael Lessac, and Jackie Lessac on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015.

In March 2015, we look forward to participating the Atlanta Film Festival (March 20-29, 2015) and the Salem Film Fest (with a screening on March 11, at 11:30am). For more information on the film’s screening in Salem, please visit festival’s website here. As soon as the specific screening dates and times for Atlanta are available, we will post them on the film’s website and in our next newsletter.

From all of us at the Global Arts Corps, thank you for your continued support.

Premiere at Durban International Film Festival!

Dear Friends,

The world premiere of the Global Arts Corps documentary film on the Truth in Translation project–A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake–will take place this coming Sunday at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. This year’s festival will honor the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election to the South African presidency. For those of you who can attend, the two screening dates and locations are listed below. Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

Durban International Film Festival Screenings:

  • July 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm * – Suncoast Cinema
  • July 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm – Suncoast Cinema 

 For more information on the venue, please visit the festival website, here.

* Directly following the July 20th screening,Deputy Chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Alex Boraine, and award winning political commentator and author Max du Preez will facilitate a question and answer session with the audience. They will be joined by Truth in Translation cast members Thembi Mtshali-JonesNick Boraine, and Fana Mokoena, as well as Yvette Hardie, South African producer ofTruth in Translation and Consulting Producer of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake.


Unmasking Reconciliation: 20 Years On….Moving Beyond the Cliché

In addition, audience members are warmly invited to attend an informal morning discussion on July 21st, at 10:30am in the Tugela Room of the Maharani Hotel to unpack the notion of reconciliation within the context of the milestone of 20 years of democracy and to reflect on the aftermath of the TRC within a new generation of nation-builders. The discussion will be facilitated by Mary Papayya – Media Leader / Secretary-General of SA National Editors Forum. Discussion participants will include: Dr Alex Boraine – Vice Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission / Writer / Commentator; Max Du Preez – Commentator / Columnist / Award-winning Writer / Film-maker; Vasu Gounden – Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD; Thembi Mtshali-Jones – Distinguished stage, television and film Actress; Ela Gandhi – Gandhi Development Trust / Activist; and Albie Sachs, Activist / Former Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

To RSVP for the discussion, please contact Publicity Matters at by phone at 031 2011 638, or via email

You may find more information about the film on the film website. Please stay tuned for more newsletter updates and keep abreast of GAC daily happenings on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you all for your continued support.

– Global Arts Corps