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Jude Law sends message of support for new documentary at Derry film festival

By Valerie Edwards

Oscar-nominated actor, Jude Law, sent a video message of support for a new documentary that will be screened at the Foyle Film Festival in Derry on Thursday.

Noma, Forgiving Apartheid tells the story of Noma Dumezweni, who fled the apartheid regime in South Africa for the UK as a child with her mother in the 1970s and did not return to the country or see her father for the next 30 years.

Jude, who shared the stage with Noma in the West End production of Henry V, said: “Working with Noma was a wonderful experience, Noma is wonderful and this documentary, Noma, Forgiving Apartheid is a wonderful film. I hope as many people get to see it as possible.”

The documentary follows Noma’s journey as she takes on the role of psychologist, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, famous for her interviews with the imprisoned white apartheid assassin, Eugene de Kock, in a play called A Human Being Died That Night.

The film was directed by Derry-born Sarah Townsend who said: “For almost 30 years, the Foyle Film Festival has brought a tremendous diversity of cinematic stories and film-making talent from all over the world to audiences in Derry and I am delighted that Noma, Forgiving Apartheid will be part of that proud tradition."

Sarah hopes that the themes of political struggle, identity and forgiveness of Noma's story will resonate with people in Northern Ireland.

Noma (Forgiving Apartheid) will screen at the Nerve Centre on Thursday, 19 November at 12.30pm as part of the Foyle Film Festival, with Noma Dumezweni, director Sarah Townsend and producer John Gore in attendance.

For more information and tickets, visit Foyle Film Festival.

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