The Heart of Cape Town

Presented by Bavaria Media International
The Heart of Cape Town


Inspired by the true story of the first heart transplant in December 1967. Carried out by Professor Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town’s hospital, it extended the life of the patient by a full 18 days. The story of Hamilton Naki, who assisted Barnard in preparing for this groundbreaking operation, has never been told before.

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Bavaria Media International distributes content for Bavaria Media, originally founded in 1979 as film and publishing company Bavaria Sonor. Today, Bavaria Media GmbH bundles content distribution, licensing and music publishing. It also manages rights for its parent company German industry giant Bavaria Film. Bavaria Media International’s catalogue contains over 20,000 programming hours and includes classics like Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Manns by Heinrich Breloer and Das Boot by Wolfgang Petersen.
The showcase features both long-running television hits like Storm of Love and Einstein High from Germany as well as international shows, like newly acquired French-Canadian mystery series Dark Lake (Pixcom) or Icelandic miniseries Manners (Glassriver). The viewing stable expands continuously with partner-produced programming from the German public television sector, while Bavaria Media International is actively offering its distribution expertise to producers from abroad, including financial participation at a very early stage of the project.

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