Multilingual S Africa should learn from India: Worsdale

PTI, PANAJI | 26 November 2013 20:07 IST

South African filmmaker Andrew Worsdale praised India's endeavor to promote its regional films and said his own country which has eight languages, should learn from India.

"India is diverse and has a rich cinematic heritage thanks to its many states and a multitude of languages. In Africa we have eight languages. But we must pick a leaf from your book," Worsdale said.

Worsdale's film 'Durban Poison' is being screened in the World Cinema section of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

The filmmaker, who first rose to fame with his cult film 'Shot Down' in 1988, said that he was proud and honoured to be in India for the festival, especially because of the commonalities India shares with his birth country.

Worsdale said that like in India, South Africa too had "extremely rich" and "extremely poor" segments living alongside each other.

"We have so much in common. South Africa and India share Gandhi's legacy. But now we also share inequalities in our cities," Worsdale said.

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