New Beginnings: How a South African film 'Alison' made it to Hollywood

The heartbreaking story of the horrific rape and attempted murder of Alison Botha in December 1994 has now been turned into a film.

The film _Alison _premiered at the Encounters Film Festival. It takes viewers through what she went through and her journey to recovery.

Filmmaker Uga Carlini left for Dance with Films festival in Hollywood, United States, the day after the premiere. According to Carlini, Alison is the first South African Film to make it to this film festival.

Its a very solid festival. Its being going on for 19 years and it specialises in independent films

Uga Carlini, Filmmaker

She says it was not easy to fill the 500 set cinema, but they did have some South African support.

All in all Carlini says the film was well received in Hollywood and that was very special. The film will soon show at NuMetro in Canal Walk and At V&A Waterfront starting on 12 August.

Pippa Hudson also spoke to Alison Botha to find out what the release of this film meant to her. Botha says the film is inspiring and she wanted people to know that if she can do it then anyone can do it, in whatever areas of their life that they encounter challenges.

Its been a long time coming because for a long time Uga and i have been talking about the film and now we are actually sharing it with people... and that has been very special for me.

Alison Botha

Listen to the full conversation below

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