The Colour of Wine

SA Premiere Festival Guest African Feature

If there’s a message in the bottle, then Omotoso presupposes it’s not only about a winemaker but a country. Through the lens of first generation black vintners, The Colour of Wine looks at the history of South Africa wine-making and how we are still working to eradicate the ignoble rot of apartheid from our vineyards. The personal stories of four winemakers are blended with interviews of wine experts from around the world to tell the bigger story of a passionate group who are bringing about transformation in the industry, one glass at a time. This is the fifth film for renowned director Omotoso, whose works include God is African, Man on Ground and Vaya, all of which have premiered and won awards at festivals around the world.

Cape Town
Labia 1
Sat 2 June / 8.15pm + Q&A
Labia 3
Thu 7 June / 6.15pm
Sun 10 June / 6pm + Q&A
Akin Omotoso
South Africa
69 minutes


Akin Omotoso Director

Akin Omotoso studied drama at The University of Cape Town. He won The Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year in 2007. Television work includes directed on A Place Called Home (for which he won Best Director at The South African Film and Television Awards). Akin has produced and directed four feature films. God Is African and the award winning Man On Ground (official selection to Toronto and Berlin and AMVCA Best Director ). His box office hit romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something won him a second Best Director Award at the 2016 AMVCA’s and Best Narrative Feature Film at The BlackStar Festival in Philadelphia. His film Vaya, premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th 2016 and won The Special Jury Prize For Outstanding Film at AFRIFF 2016. Vaya has since played at the Berlin International Film festival and was the opening night film at the New York African Film Festival. In 2017, He won Best Director for Vaya at The African Movie Academy Awards. His new film A Hotel called Memory won The Audience Prize For Favorite Experimental Film at The BlackStar Festival in Philadelphia. He is in post production on the documentary The Color Of Wine and has just completed principal photography on The Ghost And The House Of Truth. His acting credits include Lord Of War, Shake Hands With The Devil, Hector And The Search For Happiness, Queen of Katwe, A Hotel Called Memory and Catching Feelings.