Durban Living Legend – Ros Sarkin

Durban Living Legend-Ros SarkinWell-known film doyenne and co-founder of the Durban International Film Festival, Ros Sarkin was born in Cape Town in 1938 but later on moved to Durban. During apartheid, Sarkin showed many films that were banned by the regime, especially films that dealt with political themes, like “Bernardo Bertolucci’s film 1900” about the rise of Communism in Italy, “A World Apart” written by Gillian Slovo, and many other films. She took films townships like Umlazi, Clermont, Lamontville and KwaMashu. Some of them were shown to churches, night clubs, etc. She served as honorary Film Advisor to the Film Festival and was the first woman Councillor in South Africa to join the African National Congress. She is currently an Honourary President of the Amphimarket Association of which she also founded and is also involved in cultural and educational affairs.

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