21 May 2014 South African comedian David Kau clinched a deal with US company Archstone Distribution for his upcoming movie Sekwankwetla at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. Sekwankwetla tells the story of a South African township superhero whose super powers enable him to fly – but no more than 10 centimetres high. Kau signed the deal with Archstone Companies founders and partners Scott Martin and Michael Slifkin at the South Africa Pavilion at Cannes, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) said in a statement on Tuesday. Archstone Distribution has gained a reputation as a filmmaker-friendly distribution and sales company, with nearly 100 titles in their current library. Archstone Pictures currently produces and co-produces between three and five films a year. It has already completed production on two films this year – action/thriller Awaken and action/adventure Out of the Burning Blue, both currently selling at the Cannes market. According to the NFVF, Sekwankwetla will be directed by award-winning South African director Teboho Mahlatsi, and co-produced by Archstone Pictures, David Kau’s Disadvantaged Background Productions and Mahlatsi’s The Bomb Shelter. “We plan to shoot the film on location in KwaZulu-Natal, and have already started negotiations with the newly established KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission representatives, who are also attending the festival to market the province as a best location,” Kau told the NFVF. South Africa’s participation at Cannes Film Festival is facilitated by the NFVF in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the Durban Film Office and Western Cape destination marketing organisation Wesgro. Kau is a member of the Association for Transformation in Film and Television, which is sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry. SAinfo reporter
Families of two Dalit children who were allegedly killed for defecating in the open in Bhavkhedi village in Shivpuri district would be moved into two houses in the city, Congress leader Jyotiradtiya Scindia has said.“I had promised them that I will leave the village only after settling them in Shivpuri,” Mr. Scindia told reporters. “For now, they have been moved into two temporary houses having a room, a kitchen and a courtyard each…Nothing can cure the deep wounds the family has suffered. But being people’s servants, the least we can do is bring them succour,” he said. The construction of permanent houses would at least take a month, Mr. Scindia told the family. “I am going to pay ₹5 – 5.5 lakh from my own pocket for it,” he added. Besides, he said, adult members of the family would be given employment, and children their education. “Both the families will start staying at the houses from tomorrow,” Mr. Scindia tweeted on Monday, after meeting the families.Two houses had been arranged for the families, he said, besides ensuring their adult members employment and children their education. The houses would be allotted to them under a government scheme, District Deputy Collector Manoj Garwal told The Hindu. “As for a job, we will have to see what kind of work they will be able to do. Most probably, it will be a daily wage job,” he said. Besides, Mr. Scindia on Monday wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath appealing to him to provide lifetime support to the families as they “belonged to the Dalit community” and were “poor”.Requesting assistance on humanitarian ground, he said both the families should be given 10 ‘bigha’ land each. Moreover, “immediate financial support of ₹50 lakh each for the affected families was important”.On September 25, as the two children were defecating in the open along a village road, two Yadav men struck lathis on their heads, killing them. They were later arrested.During an interaction with Mr. Scindia, the father of one of the victims pleaded with him for a house outside the village. “I am going mad here. I may consume poison. I want justice,” he said. The father of one of the victims had earlier told The Hindu the family had lived in fear since then and had decided to leave the village fearing intimidation by the family of the accused.“I don’t see people of my region on religious or caste lines. Only a cruel person could commit something like this… I cannot believe someone in my region could even think of doing something like this,” Mr. Scindia told the father.
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Leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with a career-best match haul 14 for 184 to fire Pakistan to a series-levelling victory over New Zealand in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday.Shah, who bagged a career-best 8 for 41 in the first innings, picked up six wickets in the second innings to help Pakistan bowl New Zealand out for 312 and power the home team to an innings and 16-run win.The victory helped Pakistan level the three-match series 1-1.New Zealand were bundled out for only 90 in their first innings after Pakistan had declared 418/5.Shah equalled the Pakistan record for wickets in a Test with fast bowler Imran Khan, who achieved his feat in 1982 against Sri Lanka in Lahore.”I haven’t bowled as well as this, especially with the pitch offering turn and bounce like it did,” Shah said.”The attempt was to put the disappointment of the first Test behind and compete better. We just needed to keep getting wickets, and thanks God that happened.”Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test: Highlights | ScorecardCenturies by Haris Sohail and Babar Azam put Pakistan in command after making 418/5 declared.Shah then went to work. He has 22 wickets in the series, and needs five more to reach 200 in his career. They should come in Abu Dhabi, where the teams return for the third Test and series decider from Monday.New Zealand won the first Test there by four runs.”Yasir’s spell was the best that I have ever seen in my years of Test cricket,” Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said.advertisement”The responsibility was first with the batsmen to make some runs, and they delivered.”Ross Taylor (82), Henry Nicholls (77) and Tom Latham (50) led New Zealand’s resistance, but the damage was wrought in the first innings.”We batted better in the second innings, but that session yesterday when Yasir put us under tremendous pressure and put the ball in the right areas (did us in),” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.”He is an exceptional bowler, and it’s important we learn some lessons quickly because we will face all the bowlers again (in the third Test).”Forced to follow on, New Zealand resumed on 131/2 and Taylor and Latham were out in the first session.Latham was contentiously adjudged caught behind off Hasan Ali soon after completing his half-century. Umpire Paul Reiffel referred to third umpire Ian Gould to confirm. Latham played a defensive shot close to his front pad, and as the ball passed the bat the replay technology spiked.However, Latham walked off the field in disbelief. After lasting for 158 deliveries and hitting four boundaries, his dismissal ended an 80-run, third-wicket stand with Taylor.Two balls later, Nicholls successfully reviewed an lbw decision against him as video showed Hasan’s delivery would have missed the leg stump.Taylor completed his half-century off 54 balls when he drove Hasan through the point boundary off the first ball of the day.But Taylor went on the defense for a while before he played a reckless sweep, half an hour before lunch, and top-edged offspinner Bilal Asif to deep backward square leg. Taylor’s innings featured seven fours and a six and came off 128 balls.New Zealand reached 222-4 at lunch.Shah then trapped BJ Watling on 27 off the second new ball after lunch.Hasan returned to accept the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme for the third time in the series. De Grandhomme went for an unnecessary pull shot and played onto the fast bowler on 14.Ish Sodhi also gave his wicket away when he tried to sweep Shah, missed the line of the ball and was clean bowled for 4.Nicholls was undone four overs after tea by Hasan’s sharp delivery which nipped back into the left-hander to knock back the off stump.Shah wrapped up the innings soon after by claiming the wickets of Neil Wagner and Trent Boult.Hasan finished the innings with 3/46.(With inputs from AP)