See, dream and believe with My Blind Date with Life at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau – releasing on 04 May 2018

 Discover friendship, humour and hope with My Blind Date with Life that will be showing from 04 May 2018 EXCLUSIVELY at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau theatres. From the director of the Academy Award nominated film Sophie Scholl, comes the unbelievable and inspiring true story of a nearly blind young man, who overcomes adversity with extraordinary determination to fulfil his dream of working in a luxury hotel. Based on a true story, this humorous film takes you on an emotional and entertaining journey with Saliya at the esteemed hotel.


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My Blind Date with Life brings to the big screen the heart-warming true story of Saliya, who becomes nearly blind as a teenager. In spite of everyone telling him to be realistic about how this limit, he persistently holds on to his big dream of working in a luxury hotel. Without telling anyone that he cannot see, he starts an apprenticeship in a five-star hotel. With sheer determination, unbelievable discipline and the support of his best friend Max, he exceeds all expectations and manages to get through with his bluff. But when Saliya falls in love with Laura, his so carefully established life seems to go off the rails. The well-known cast includes Sylvana Krappatsch, Sanjay Shihora and Nilam Farooq.


While giving a presentation in a German class, Saliya suddenly couldn’t read his notes anymore. There was a small grey spot in the middle of his eye that kept getting bigger and he later received a devastating diagnosis: His retinas had become detached and could not be repaired. The doctors rushed to operate but were able to save 5% of his vision.


Blindness is a reality and affects between 0.75% and 1% of the South African population.  As part of Ster-Kinekor CSI Initiative, Vision Mission, book your ticket to watch My Blind Date With Life and contribute to free screenings for children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds across the country to help #MakeVisionCount. Vision Mission has screened approximately 307 846 learners since 2005.


Saaliya’s story – it’s a wild ride! – shows the value of a dream and of fighting to make that dream come true. See what matters.


Click here to watch the trailer. The running time is 1 hour 51 minutes with an age restriction of