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Director

   KENNETH KAPLAN
- writer . producer . director -

Ken on the set of Pure BloodKenneth Kaplan has made a name for himself in South Africa as a filmmaker who confronts the current issues facing his country. For over ten years, he has been making critically acclaimed dramas and documentaries. He received his B.A. with Honours from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and garnered the award for Best Screenplay for the South African Script Writers Association. He went on to complete his M.F.A. in filmmaking at New York University where he was a recipient of the Paulette Godard Scholarship for his commitment to "socially responsible filmmaking." For the last two years he worked with South Africa's leading independent producer, Anant Singh, supervising post-production and delivery on a number of feature films including, CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (Miramax) and Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY I & II (New Line Cinema). Most recently Kenneth has handled the creative development on the international version of Tsui Hark's BLACK MASK, distributed worldwide by Alliance Le Monde.

Kenneth is now producing and directing his first feature film, PURE BLOOD. Set entirely in South Africa, it will be filmed on location in Johannesburg early in 1999.

FILMOGRAPHY

THE LIVING UNIVERSE (1998) Director

  Youth Educational Drama Series - 3 Episodes

  Produced by Free Filmmakers for SABC

 

LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (1998) Producer, Director

  Video Campaign - Cannes & International Media Launch for

  Anant Singh's Feature Film based on Nelson Mandela Biography.

 

THE PRISON LIBRARIAN (1996) Director, Writer

  Documentary on Ahmed Kathrada, the youngest of the Treason Trialists

  sentenced to life imprisonment with Mandela.

  Produced for SABC for a 5 part-series on prominent South Africans.

 

PRISONERS OF HOPE (1995) Co-Director, Associate Producer

  Documentary set around a reunion of ex-political prisoners led by

  Nelson Mandela and held on Robben Island.

  Produced for international television

 

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHRIS HANI (1994) Director, Writer, Editor

  Documentary chronicling the life of the assassinated ANC Leader.

  Produced for international television in association with SABC

 

COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM (1994) Segment Producer, Editor

  Feature documentary made at Mandela's personal invitation during the

  first ever democratic elections in South Africa.

  Invitation screening hosted by The Academy of Motion Pictures.

 

THE CHILDREN & I (1993) Director

  Drama about a lift operator's life of disarray and murder

  M-NET New Directions Series patronned by David Puttnam

  Stars award-winning actor Winston Ntshona

  (A DRY WHITE SEASON, GHANDI, DOGS OF WAR)

SOWETO TO HOLLYWOOD ... AND BACK (1992) Director, Co-Editor

  Documentary on the making of SARAFINA! THE MOVIE

 

  THE WHOOPI GOLDBERG SHOW (1992) Director

  Weekly talk show hosted by Whoopi Goldberg

  Featured guests: Nelson Mandela, Chief Bhutulezi and Helen Suzman

 

FIGHTING FOR CHANGE (1991) Co-Director

  Documentary exploring the issues of women's rights in South Africa for

  the Carnegie Foundation

 

MANDELA IN AMERICA (1990) Co-Director

  Documentary about Mandela's first trip to the US

 

MANDELA FREE AT LAST (1990) Segment Producer

  Documentary about Mandela's release from prison

 

SOUTH AFRICA NOW (1989-91) Field Producer

  Emmy Award-winning weekly newsmagazine carried on CNN

  George Polk Award (1991) Emmy Award (1991)

 

THE BURDEN (1988) Director, Writer, Producer

  Drama based on a short story about a black taxi driver

  Starring Thomas Mogotlane (MAPANTSULA)

  Post-production grant from Columbia Pictures, Inc.

Festival: Best Director/Best Actor Awards - New York First Run Film Festival, Blacklight (Chicago), Berlin Film Festival, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Cinema Under Siege (Amsterdam)

 

THE HIDDEN FARMS (1986) Director, Writer

  Drama based on a collection of short stories about black convict labour

  on white farms

  Banned under the State of Emergency laws

Festivals: Blacklight (Chicago), Vues D'Afrique (Montreal), Cinema under Siege (Amsterdam), and Cinema Municipale (Paris)

 

THEATRE OF OPPRESSION (1985) Director

  Documentary about anti-apartheid theatre in South Africa

  Broadcast on American PBS

 

 

 

 

 
 

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