On Location, Zululand - The Making Of Siliva the Zulu - Book
By Peter Davis ; photos by Lidio Cipriani, Giuseppe Paolo Vitrotti, Carlo Franzeri. 60 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 x 29 cm.
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Gatti designed a melodrama that had little to do with Zulu culture, but which contained the first authentic scenes of Zulu life to be recorded at that time.
Having none of the racist sentiments of South African whites, the crew were able to live with and work on close terms with the Zulus, and managed to create the first full-length fiction film with an all-African cast to be made in South Africa, and possible in all of Africa. This film was Siliva the Zulu.
Coming as it did at the moment of impact of talkies, the film received minimal distribution in Italy, having no more than a half-dozen screenings, after which it disappeared until being pulled out of an archive by Villon Films, which added a soundtrack of traditional Zulu music, and offered the film for distribution.