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S African Indian grandson revives cinema empire destroyed by apartheid

Indian-family owned Avalon Group s national cinema chain in South Africa that was destroyed half a century back by the apartheid-era racial segregation laws has revived one of its landmark cinemas in Cape Town, which was a focal point in the anti-apartheid struggle. The internationally-acclaimed Avalon Group founded by AB Moosa snr 80 years ago holds several records, including being the first in the country to show a film from what has now come to be known as Bollywood. The landmark cinemas has been revived by the family s third generation CEO AB Moosa. The company also holds a world record unbroken relationship of eight decades with Hollywood. But after building a chain of cinemas across the country, Moosa died a broken man as he saw the cruel apartheid-era laws designating specific areas for different race groups reduce the company to just one cinema in Durban. After the advent of democracy in 1994 under Nelson Mandela, Moosa s son Moosa Moosa took on one of the largest cinema ...


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