The third BRICS Film Festival held on 22 July 2018 at the Durban Playhouse, South Africa, was a night of art and creativity with the promise of a strong collaboration between the film industries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. As classy and elegant as she is known to be, South African film producer, Dr Nirvadha Singh, graced the red carpet in black velvet Indian attire with a black and cream paisley designed shawl from Jaipur, where her paternal family hails. Dr Singh was interviewed by several international media at the event and informed the industry that as a public health specialist, she hopes to make films on the various health care issues to educate the communities and to empower women on the various life challenges. Dr Singh, who is also a Shantidoot, conferred in India in 2013, and a published author of her book You, The Journey Begins, spoke about utilising film as a powerful medium to spread the message of peace and love. Dr. Singh also spoke about her grandfather, who arrived with the late Mahatma Gandhi ji on the shores of the former Natal, South Africa in the 1890’s. He was one of the first Indians to open a movie production studio and cinema. Dr Singh certainly leaves a noble footprint in the footsteps of her grandfather.
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Contributed by Rivashnee Maharaj