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  • 2017 (Creation)

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Director: Konstandino Kalarytis: South Africa, 2017
Producer: Kosta Kalarytis, Dumi Gumbi and Gabriella Kalarytis for One Man Band in association with the National Film and Video Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Gauteng Film Commision ; distributed by Indigenous Film
Writer: Andrew Herold based on a story by Kosta Kalarytis
Language: English and African vernacular languages with English subtitles
Dora’s Peace is a poignant crime drama. Shot in Hillbrow, it is as much a portrait of life on the colourful Joburg streets as it is of the main character who gives the film its name. Dora is a prostitute who ekes out a living selling her body. Her drug addict friend Connie unexpectedly dies and Dora takes in her young son, Peace. She pretends to be his aunt just to keep him out of the hands of the police, but he creeps under her skin. It turns out that Connie’s death was not accidental and, when the bad guys come after Peace, Dora has to get involved. She turns to an old flame,Stavro, who introduces a touch of Greek Joburg sleaze to the proceedings. But ultimately she is the one who has to figure out how to keep Peace away from the bad guys, who are very nasty indeed. Dora is no pushover and has a plan. Qubeka creates a complex character, eschewing stereotype to show us an older woman who has learnt to survive. Cast: Khabonina Qubeka, Danny Keogh, Hlubi Mboya, Meren Reddy, Paballo Koza


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