The always interesting Hollywood Black Film Festival this year for the first time opens with a foreign film, the South African drama A Million Colours. Running October 27-30, the event encompasses 53 films — 11 features, a dozen documentaries, 27 shorts and 3 student films — selected from entries from more than 300 filmmakers worldwide, according to fest executive director Tanya Kersey. There will also be 13 panels and workshops with more than 50 industry speakers.
A Million Colours is a mixture of Slumdog Millionaire and Romeo and Juliet, says director Peter Bishai. It’s the story of the fall from grace and redemption of South Africa’s onetime most famous teen black movie star, Muntu Ndebele. Co-written by Bishai and Andre Pieterse, A Million Colours stars Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman, Stelio Savante and Masello Motana.