Free State is directed by the award winning director Sallas De Jager and in a short time has been selected for numerous film festivals around the world. Already making a huge splash in its native South Africa, Free State will screen at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey. The film stars former model and face of Revlon Nicola Breytenbach, and one of Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Men, Andrew Govender.
Jeanette is a beautiful open minded law student. She decided to study while her boyfriend is completing his national military service. They are set to be engaged when he returns. During her summer holiday with her father in the Free State a random act of kindness by an attractive Indian man sparks an unexpected love affair. Despite being warned not to act on these feelings she decides to pursue this relationship. Secret meetings followed, since it was against the law at the time to have an interracial relationship. When their secret comes out, it leads to a very tragic turn of events.
This beautiful love story received its US premier at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, it has also been selected for Cameroon International Film Festival, Chennai International Film Festival, Sangli International Film Festival, Kolhapur International Film Festival, Luxor African Film Festival, Vancouver South African Film Festival, Bengaluru Film Festival and now the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey.
Starring alongside Nicola Breytenback and Andrew Govender, are Tony nominee Leleti Khumalo (Hotel Rwanda), Deon Lotz (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), award winning actor Mangesh Desai and Hemalit Juta-Pilay (Homeland). Free State is produced by Terwadkar Rajiv, who also founded Utkarsh Marathi Film Festival & Indian International Film Festival of South Africa. Sallas De Jager, won Best African Director award at IIFFSA 2014, for Musiek vir die agtergrond.
Free State plays at the Garden State Film Festival on 3rd April 2016 at 12:30pm.