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Jhb Film Festival 96 Page Booklet Design & DTP

  1. 1. 1 JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL content 1. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE 2 2. FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S NOTE 3 3. FESTIVAL CURATOR 4 4. FESTIVAL MANAGER 5 5. FESTIVAL PARTNER STATEMENT 6 6. SPONSOR STATEMENT 7 7. SPONSOR STATEMENT 8 8. FILMS IN COMPETITION 9 - 20 9. MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY 21 - 27 10. THE NGUNI HORN TROPHY 28 - 29 12. OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION 30 -- 77 13. INDUSTRY PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 78 – 83 14. SPEAKERS PROFILES 84 – 85 15. WOMEN IN FILM 86 - 90 16. SCREENING SCHEDULE 92 - 95 17. SPONSORSHIP 96
  2. 2. 2 DIRECTOR’S NOTE The 2019 Joburg Film Festival arrives in our social cultural calendar at a watershed moment. Joburgers and South Africans writ large are en- gaged in a complex and demanding conversation about the meaning of South Africa and its place in the African continent. This, following recent clashes across the country whose causes can be wrapped up with the question: what is Africa to us?! The country is also engaged in a demand- ing conversation about how to build a sustaina- ble and growing economy for all. This year’s installment of the festival is at the heart of how we answer these questions. Moved by the idea that our stories, are our gold we have a focus on African stories, both on the con- tinent and in the diaspora as a source of inspira- tion. Films, as storytelling method of storytelling have a capacity to unify us in a unique way. Further, the film industry is key to how our country will shape its future creative economy and diverse cultural identity. In this way, respond to the national imperative to grow the economy, unlock jobs and transform our society. This is especially true because as Joburg is the home of film and television South Africa. We are empowered by our partnerships with the MultiChoice Group, the National Depart- ment of Arts and Culture, the Gauteng Film Commision and our media partners Kaya FM and Independent Media and many others who support the festival. The solutions we seek to inspire us are in the stories told by myriad filmmakers and the people that inspire them. Their work and lives inspire us to curate the best films available in the world today, and elevate them in the best possible light for our audiences and celebrate their talent and excellence. EXECUTIVE Tim Mangwedi
  3. 3. 3 DIRECTOR’S NOTE The 2019 installment of the Joburg Film Fes- tival marks a bold moment in the life of this growing festival as it enters its 3rd leg and fourth year. As festival director, I’m inspired and energized by the quality of films on the programme along with the quality of speakers giving masterclasses and those who will be panelists as we discuss various topics that are affecting the film and tv sector in our industry programme. Most notable this year is the Youth and Audience Development Programme which ran for four weekends in various parts of Gauteng and allowed us to bring cinema to the township and engage with the youth and film enthusiast in an effort to discover emerg- ing talent in film under the theme “Your Kasi, Your Story”. The young people that came out engaged with industry experts and participated in various workshops including story conceptualization, directing, editing, how to create content using mobile phones, as well as watch local films that they may not have had the opportunity to see on mainstream cinema. They were then given an opportunity to create their own stories under the theme Your Kasi, Your Story. Our mission in 2019 was clear, to not only bring the best films out there to Joburg, but to also unearth real local stories, told from an honest and unapologetic point of view by the youth of Gauteng. Their commitment to telling great stories drives the magic of what is possible in our world of film. This year, the festival is guided by the phrase, Curate, Elevate, Celebrate. It embodies the notion that speaks to how the festival’s curatorial team has put together a great programme of 60 expertly curated films from across 20 countries across the African world and beyond. Our hub in the Nelson Mandela Square, will help us elevate the talent and their work with fitting revelry. In keeping with the imperative to elevate and celebrate, we will dare to have two red carpet events per day at the premieres at the Auto & General Theatre on the square. We are again returning to have screenings at the historic Kings Cinema in Alexander. The venue allows us to connect with an important film heritage and help audiences in and outside of the township rediscover their love of film and stories. Our partnership with Discop Joburg, which is the site of our industrial programme allows us to have an important conversation about the film industry and its potential to contribute to socio-economic development and transformation. This year is the year the joburg film festival comes into its own and lives up to the dictum our stories are our gold - thanks to our partners, the MultiChoice Group, the Gauteng Film commission and all the stakeholders who supported our vision and efforts. FESTIVAL Bongiwe Selane
  4. 4. 4 Has been the curator of the Joburg Film Festival since its inaugural instalment in 2016. Pimenta brings a world of experience to lead the festival programming team to craft Africa’s expertly curated film festival. As a leading voice on Africa film, he has shaped the festival as an unrivaled platform that celebrates the best in African film from across the continent and the diaspora. This year, films like Yardie, Hero and Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami stand out as examples of a diasporic conversation between Europe and the Carabean african experience. North American stories find voice and space in the programme through Toni Morrison and Amazing Grace for example. In what is an example of the rise of animation as a genre of storytelling, Liyana which tells the sto- ry of a Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. All these have given the festival a diversified film programme that should satisfy the most demanding film lover. This is in part thanks to his vast experience as a curator and film festival director. In 2018 Pimen- ta was invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States, responsible for the Oscar awards. Pedro has also served as the Festival Director of the Durban Film Festival in 2015. Between 1997 and 2003, Pedro was the chief Technical Adviser of the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film and Video training Project for Southern Africa in Harare. As part of his function he conceived and managed various training programs. He is one of the founders of AVEA (Audio Visual Entrepreneurs of Africa) which runs an annual professional training program for producers in Southern Africa. Until December 2005, Pedro was a member of the Prince Claus Fund Awards Committee of the Netherlands. He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA, a documentary film festival in Mozambique. PEDRO PIMENTA FESTIVAL CURATOR
  5. 5. 5 Nhlanhla has been with the Joburg Film Festival since it’s sophomore instalment in 2018. He brings a refreshing youthful energy to the curatorial and festival management team. Nhlanhla has his finger on the pulse of contemporary film. This is how he reflects on his contribution to this year film programme: “2019 has seen a great proliferation of documentary films that celebrate the arts and creatives from across the Africa Continent and the world; reminding us that even in the midst of global chaos, there is still a course to celebrate. We also saw a rise in socially conscious documentary films that challenged how we view the world and some of our favourite artists. These films shifted our understanding of the global social contract and conversations. The topics range from confronting figures of influence towards socio accountability, standing up for social justice as well as exposing social injustice to personal homecomings. In this curated selection we are proud to be screening several World and South African Premieres. This year’s selection of feature films represents the highlights of the year. They were chosen across a range of genres, from the Western, and the thriller, to horror, to the period piece and are representative of different cultures, perspectives and experiences. Each film is a shining example in its own right and forms part of the myriad expression that is global cin- ematic excellence. I hope that you will enjoy this year’s selection as much as I did when making it.” NHLANHLA NDABA FESTIVAL MANAGER
  6. 6. 6 MULTICHOICE GROUP STATEMENT The MultiChoice Group is proud to partner with the Joburg Film Festival to create South Africa’s preeminent film showcase. Featur- ing the finest films from more than 16 coun- tries aims to curate, elevate and celebrate the best stars and films from across Africa and around the world. As Africas leading storyteller, our collabora- tion with the JFF to bring African stories to the world and to provide a platform for local talent to shine alongside global film icons, will be an extremely positive boost for the film industry. MCG is about more than entertainment. It is the anchor to Africa’s entertainment industry, deliberate in its investment in local content and talent development to create authentic stories that resonate with its con- sumers across the African continent. This investment creates not only a future talent pipeline that is critical to the future of the video entertainment industry, but also positions South Africa as a serious contend- er in the production of films that have global appeal. MCG’s youth-focused initiative, Magic in Motion (MiM) Academy is just one aimed at harnessing and building emerging talent by exposing them to industry professionals. The programmespecifically targets students with a deep passion for Africa’s fast-growing entertainment industry, encouraging them to showcase their creativity. Another MCG initiative, the MultiChoice Tal- ent Factory (MTF), is a flagship Pan-African shared-value initiative. The interactive online portal is aimed at profiling and connecting Africa’s industry creatives and bringing pan-African talent and opportunities together in one place. The digital portal allows filmmakers across the continent to network, find talent and show- case their work, and serves both seasoned professionals and aspiring talent in Africa’s film and television industry. FESTIVAL PARTNER Brought to you by
  7. 7. 7 GAUTENG FILM COMMISSION STATEMENT The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) is an agency of the Gauteng provincial gov- ernment tasked with the development and promotion of the audio-visual industries in Gauteng. GFC’s core business is to deliver professional film commission services as well as to support, facilitate and enhance the contribution of the film industry to the economic growth of the Gauteng province. The objective of GFC is to support, develop and contribute to the growth of the Gauteng film industry. The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) excited to partner with Joburg Film Festival (GFC). We wish JFF a successful edition of another curated, eminent and a collective celebration of local and Africa films. The independence of JFF displays an unapologetic pride to showcase and reward the continents excel- lence in content creation. As the GFC we are aware of the time pressures from sourcing suitable venues, locations and films, to ensure that the festival provides the state of the art experience to guests. Providing an atmosphere which caters for the young and old. The series of workshops, seminars and film screening hosted at various venues allowing for people from difference walk of life to share the unique experience the festival has to offer. The Youth and Audience development pro- gram was a great experience and equally was a learning curve for the GFC and JFF, where we were able engage in a series of a work- shops and film screenings in the 4 regions of Gauteng. All regions were unique in their own right from culture, language, lifestyle and music preference, with a common goal local content appreciation and there need to easily access local content. Gauteng with its diverse mix of urban life- style, cultural and natural attractions, as well as advanced infrastructure, is the perfect lo- cation to bring your filming ideas to vibrant, colourful life, and the GFC is the one stop shop to easy your film business needs. SPONSOR
  8. 8. 8 DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE SPONSOR Yet another edition of DISCOP Africa and the ever growing Johannesburg Film Festival (JFF) both of which the Department of Arts and Culture has been supporting for the past six years. The Department is encour- aged to witness the continous relevants of these platforms in stimulating the global audiovisual industry. This year’s program- ing is responsive to the issue of the 4th IR through the strong Animation projects and programs lined up for the next week of DISCOP and JFF. Earlier in the year, South Africa held an inau- gural National Film/Audiovisual Summit informed by the theme titled “Transforma- tion and Innovation in the South African Film/audio visual industry in the fourth indus- trial revolution; are we geared for change?” the key instruments/recommen- dations from the Summit addressing socio- economic transformation amongst others were the following: • Mobile economy opportunities • Private investment stimulation • Establishment of conten creation/ innovation hubs • Animation as an instrument to adress employment creation for the youth. The Department also acknowledges the current economic environment, not only in South Africa but globally, however it is en- couraging to witness the number of visitors to DISCOP and JFF this year de- spite the difficult economic conditions. The Department reinforces DISCOP Africa as an international marketplace with oppor- tunities for buyers and sellers of content to interact, initiate co-production partnerships, access information that will be invaluable for their businesses and network with captains of the industries. For the Department of Arts and Culture this is one of the platforms that is critical to measure if our objectives and strategies are bearing fruit in creating an enanbling enviroment to stimulate worth- while activities for practitioners. In conclusion, it is evident that based on the central and strategic role that the depart- ment plays in this evolving technologically driven landscape, partnerships of this nature makes business sense for the department in creating an enabling enviroment for growth and to stimulate investment. Part of our guiding principles in fostering economic development and growth is the understand- ing that the market leads, and government should enable, facilitate, advocate and support. We hope your time at DISCOP AFRICA and Johannesburg Film Festval 2019 is fruitful. Have yourselves an awesome stay and enjoy the film screenings and what Johannesburg has to offer. South Africa remains open for business!! THANK YOU
  9. 9. 9 FILMSINCOMPETITION FILMS IN COMPETITION
  10. 10. 10 FILMSINCOMPETITION Rocks (15) is a teenage girl with big dreams for the future, loyal fun friends and an adoring, though mischievous, little brother Emmanuel (7). Rocks enjoys school (as much as any teenager does) and lives a full vibrant life in East London with her team of London - centric female best friends. Rocks world is turned upside down when she returns from school to find her mum gone, having left some cash and a note offering little explanation except that she is sorry. Determined to stick with her brother and avoid being taken into care against all odds, Rocks leaves her home and hides in pockets of East London. As each day becomes tougher and her secret harder to hide, Rocks starts to push away those who love her and her friendship group begins to fracture. When the au- thorities finally catch up with her, there is really only one source of support for her to turn to: her friends. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood ROCKS Director (93 Minutes) SARAH GAVRON
  11. 11. 11 FILMSINCOMPETITION Set in 1976 apartheid South Africa, Letters of Hope tell the story of 16-year-old Jeremiah, who really wants to be a policeman and can’t understand why his father won’t let him. His father is the local postman and expects Jeremiah to take after him. When his father is killed, Jeremiah is exposed to the real reason why he did his job he was operating a secret courier service that delivered letters from exile and prison. Will Jeremiah step up to take over from where his father left off delivering letters of hope to the families of freedom fighters? LETTERS OF HOPE Director (75 Minutes) VUSI’AFRICA SINDANE
  12. 12. 12 FILMSINCOMPETITION Based on his own life story, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbajes FARMING charts the extraordinary journey of a young fostered Nigerian boy who, struggling to find an identity, falls in with a skinhead gang in 1980s England At six weeks old, Enitan (Zephan Amissah) is left in the care of a white working-class family in the dock- town of Tilbury, in Essex. His new surrogate mother, Ingrid (Kate Beckinsale), makes for a complex, but dubious foster parent. Unsure of his place in the world, and lacking a mothers love, desperate to belong the teenage Enitan (Damson Idris) spirals into self-destruction, falling in with a local skinhead gang led by Levi (John Dagleish) FARMING Director: ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE (101 Minutes)
  13. 13. 13 FILMSINCOMPETITION Rwanda, 1973. Young girls are sent to Our Lady of the Nile, a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched on a hill, where they are taught to become the Rwandan elite. With graduation on the horizon, they share the same dormitory, the same dreams and the same teenage concerns. But throughout the land as well as within the school, deep-seat- ed antagonism is rumbling, about to change these young girls lives –and the entire country – forever. OUR LADY OF THE NILE Director (93 Minutes) ATIQ RAHIMI
  14. 14. 14 FILMSINCOMPETITION Indigo is the colour blue of the aura given by a psychic to children endowed with clairvoyance or hypersensitivity (mediumnity). Nora, a 13-year old girl, is confronted with violence and the world of the irrational. Her entourage is disturbed by her visions but seems indifferent to her suffering. Indigo tells the initiatory journey of this child in search of her own truth. INDIGO Director (90 Minutes) SELMA BARGACH
  15. 15. 15 FILMSINCOMPETITION Set in 70s Kingston and 80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweet- heart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. YARDIE Director IDRIS ELBA (102 Minutes)
  16. 16. 16 FILMSINCOMPETITION After 4 years in prison, BRUNO (34) is finally a free man and back in the city of Maputo with beloved girlfriend Mia and their baby. He finds a job in a scrapyard and lives an honest life when he is suddenly surprised by a bank summons referring to a mysterious loan his late mother took. He must pay or the bank will foreclose on his house. Determined to keep the house and his mothers dignity, he sees no choice but to do a few odd jobs with his old gang. He soon finds himself embroiled in a web of violent kidnaps mostly benefiting a ruthless boss. Frustrated and pressured, He comes up with a master plan that rattles the boss ,putting his life and family at risk. REDEMPTION (RESGATE MOCAMBIQUE) Director (100 Minutes) MICKEY FONSECA
  17. 17. 17 FILMSINCOMPETITION Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy.Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. BOMBAY ROSE Director (93 Minutes) GITANJALI RAO
  18. 18. 18 FILMSINCOMPETITION When her disastrous wedding night leads to an accidental killing, Natalie flees her husband and her small, rural town in South Africa’s desolate Karoo region. Reuniting with her rebellious best friend Poppie, who is heavily pregnant, the two young women escape together on horseback across the endless winter landscape. Hot on their trail is Captain Beauty Cuba, a lonely policewoman intent on proving the innocence of her long-lost fiancé, who has been framed for Natalie’s crimes. The fate of these three different, yet equally desperate, South African women will eventually converge as they ride towards self-discovery in the face of the ever-present threat of violence, psychological as well as physical. FLATLAND Director JENNA BASS (117 Minutes)
  19. 19. 19 FILMSINCOMPETITION Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma, an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conserv- ative, she rejects the new bans set by the rad- icals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show. PAPICHA Director MOUNIA MEDDOUR (106 Minutes)
  20. 20. 20 NOTES
  21. 21. 21 MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  22. 22. 22 FLORENCE MASEBE Born and raised in the province of Limpopo, South Africa. An actor,Professionally trained actress who has been in the game for more than 20 years. Florence Masebe has made a mark in broadcasting and entertainment for more than 20 years, having worked in radio, film and television both in front of camera and behind the scenes. Some of her more prominent lead roles include work on popular dramas such as Gener- ations, Muvhango, 7nde Laan, Soul City, Inkaba, Scandal and Task Force. Across SA borders, she plays the lead role in Morwalela, a health drama on Botswana Television. Miss Masebe made history at the Durban International Film Festival 2012 as Executive Producer and star of the first ever professionally produced Tshivenda feature film Elelwani, which also got the honour of being the opening film of the festival. It is this role that won her the Best Actress in a Lead Role accolade at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2013. More of her behind the scenes work include children’s pro- grammes on the Kowee channel on DSTV. She created and directed ZeeZee, an animation story- telling series in IsiZulu. Another of her creations on the channel is a kiddies game show Piki-Piki, also done in IsiZulu. She also co-produced and directed a documentary series on SABC2 called ‘I had it All’ which profiled South African icons who no longer have the fame and sometimes fortune they once enjoyed. She has worked as a News and Current Af- fairs Anchor on SABC TV and also hosted the program ‘Fokus’ with Freek Robinson. She holds a degree in Communications and Linguistics and continues to work in the media and marketing fields. She speaks all South African languages as well as Swahili. She’s a prominent voice artist and events MC MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  23. 23. 23 CCH POUNDER Award winning actress CCH Pounder portrays “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the CBS series, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS. In addition, Pounder will reprise her role of “Mo’at” in James Cameron’s upcoming sequels AVATAR 2 and 3. Other notable projects include the television shows WAREHOUSE 13, SONS OF ANARCHY, REVENGE, BROTHERS, LAW & ORDER: SVU and HBO’s THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGEN- CY, which garnered Pounder her fourth Emmy® nomination. For seven years, Pounder portrayed “Claudette Wyms” on the critically acclaimed FX series, THE SHIELD, which earned her many accolades including an Emmy® nomination, the MIB Prism Award,” two Golden Satellite Awards and the “Genii Excellence in TV Award.” Other honors for Pounder include an Emmy® nomination for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks on the NBC series ER and an Emmy® nomination for her role in FOX’s The X-FILES. In addition, she received. a Gram- my® Award nomination for “Best Spoken Word Album” for GROW OLD ALONG WITH ME, THE BEST IS YET TO BE and won an AUDIE, the Audio Publishers Association’s top honor, for WOMEN IN THE MATERIAL WORLD. Film credits include Home Again, Rain, Prizzi’s Honor, Postcards From The Edge, Robocop 3, Sliver, Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight, Face/Off, End of Days, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Orphan, Avatar, Godzilla: King of The Monsters and her breakout role in Bagdad Café. MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  24. 24. 24 CCH POUNDER MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY A graduate of Ithaca College, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the school and was their 2010 Commencement Speaker. Pounder serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa. An advocate of the arts, she is active in the Creative Coalition and recent accolades for Pounder include the Visionary Leadership Award in Performing Arts from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco, the 2015 Carney Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, 2015 Honoree at the Grand Performances Gala in Los Angeles, & the 2016 SweetArts Performing Arts honoree from the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the National Urban Leagues 2017 Women of Power Award and the 2018 Bob Marley Award from AFUWI (American Foundation for the University of the West Indies). In addition to her prolific acting career and advo- cacy, Pounder has been extensively involved with the arts as a patron, collector, gallery owner and museum founder. Originally from Georgetown, Guy- ana, Pounders collection consists of Caribbean and African artists and artists of the African Diaspora. Her collection is heavily concentrated in the area of Contemporary Art but also includes traditional African sculptures. In 1993 Pounder and her husband, the late Bou- bacar. Koné, founded and built the Musée Boribana, the first privately owned contemporary museum in Dakar Senegal, which they gifted to that nation in 2014. Pounders personal collection contains over 500 works of art, many of which she has generous- ly loaned to Xavier University for a series of exhibi- tions. and some which were recently on exhibit at Somerset House in England.
  25. 25. 25 FEMI ODUGBEMI The 2019 Joburg Film Festival arrives in our social cultural calendar at a watershed moment. Joburgers and South Africans writ large are en- gaged in a complex and demanding conversation about the meaning of South Africa and its place in the African continent. This, following recent clashes across the country whose causes can be wrapped up with the question: what is Africa to us?! The country is also engaged in a demanding conversation about how to build a sustainable and growing economy for all. This year’s installment of the festival is at the heart of how we answer these questions. Moved by the idea that our stories, are our gold we have a focus on African stories, both on the continent and in the diaspora as a source of inspiration. Films, as storytelling method of storytelling have a capacity to unify us in a unique way. Further, the film industry is key to how our country will shape its future creative economy and diverse cultural identity. In this way, respond to the national imperative to grow the economy, unlock jobs and transform our society. This is especially true because as Joburg is the home of film and television South Africa. We are empowered by our partnerships with the MultiChoice Group, the National Department of Arts and Culture, the Gauteng Film Commision and our media partners Kaya FM and Independ- ent Media and many others who support the festival. The solutions we seek to inspire us are in the stories told by myriad filmmakers and the people that inspire them. Their work and lives inspire us to curate the best films available in the world today, and elevate them in the best possible light for our audiences and celebrate their talent and excellence. MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  26. 26. 26 NATALEAH HUNTER-YOUNG Nataleah Hunter-Young is a film programmer, writer, and PhD candidate in Communication and Culture at Ry- erson and York Universities. She has supported festival programming for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festi- val, and the Durban International Film Festival. In 2019, Nataleah was awarded the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foun- dation Doctoral Scholarship for her ongoing research into late representations of mediated police brutality in contemporary art. You can find her recent writing online with Canadian Art Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, Xtra, as well as in issue #58 of PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas, which she also co-edited. Nataleah was born and raised in community. MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  27. 27. 27 ZAKES MDA Zakes Mda, is a notable South African novelist, poet and playwright of more than 20 works. He has won numerous literary awards in South Africa and the United States of America. He studied in Lesotho, South Africa and the USA and is a founding member of the African Writers Trust, an initiative that aims to bring together African writers. Mda, is based in the United States, where he is currently Professor of English at Ohio University. MEET THE OFFICIAL JURY
  28. 28. 28 FILMSINCOMPETITION The Joburg Film Festival presents a symbol of excellence and achievement in the world of cinematic arts: The glorious Nguni horns symbol. The newly minted symbol of horns replaces the customary laurel branch. The Laurel which customarily adorns film posters and other cinematic collateral to announce the film and its makers’ glory and noteworthy achievements is derived from ancient Greko Roman tradition where Laurel or olive-tree wreaths were awarded to champions, both in athletic and poetic compe- titions. In Rome, laurel wreaths were symbols of martial victory used to crown successful commanders. By using the symbol of pointed horns to mark and celebrate acclaim and distinction, the fes- tival takes inspiration from an ancient African tradition of bovine reverence. The cow has, since time immemorial been, at the heart of Africa’s notions of value and prominence. This genial beast of providence forms a key part of all important ritual ceremonies in African life. Matrimonial, funerary and other rites of passage often require a cattle sac- rifice and offering to be worthy of the divine. A man’s wealth and worth is marked by the beauty and health of his head of cattle. The Batwana speak of “Mahube a naka tsa kgomo,” the early dawn marked by the cow horns silhouetted against the sun to denote the beauty of sunrise. Hence, our new Nguni horn symbol is an African icon befitting a dawning global film festival in a world class African city of the future.
  29. 29. 29 FILMSINCOMPETITION
  30. 30. 30 OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION
  31. 31. 31 OFFICIALSELECTION Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an electri- fying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Jones bold aesthetic echoes through- out the film as director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage and reaching beyond the iconic mask. GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI Director SOPHIE FIENNES (115 Minutes)
  32. 32. 32 OFFICIALSELECTION A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps BACURAU Director (130 Minutes) KLEBER MENDONÇA FILHO AND JULIANO DORNELLES
  33. 33. 33 OFFICIALSELECTION “Girl from Ipanema”, “Chega de Saudade”, “Corcovado”: these classic Bossa Nova songs will forever remain interna- tional successes of Latin American music. This original music was invented by a man known the world over for his guitar and voice, a man who no one has heard from for a very long time. João Gilberto has been living in hiding in a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro for more than a decade. Who then is this man? WHERE ARE YOU JOAO GILBERTO? Director (107 Minutes) GEORGES GACHOT
  34. 34. 34 OFFICIALSELECTION Living In Bondage – Breaking Free, is the story of Nnamdi Okeke; the son of Andy Okeke from Living In Bondage 1. Nnamdi is young and ambitious and ambitious. Like most young people today, Nnamdi wants more out of life. He is attracted to finer things in life, VVIP in clubs and lounges, fine wine/champagne, fast cars, designer clothes, fancy houses and beautiful women. Snag is, he can’t afford it on his current income. He is impatient, greedy, he wants money and power so bad he is willing to do anything for it. LIVING IN BONDAGE Director RAMSEY NOUAH (150 Minutes)
  35. 35. 35 OFFICIALSELECTION Losing Lerato is a beautifully told South African action/ thriller about a successful young black man who takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter after life, the law and the woman he once loved separate them. His actions put him on a collision course with the law and he finds himself in a high-stakes hostage situation. LOSING LERATO Director (96 Minutes) SANELE ZULU
  36. 36. 36 OFFICIALSELECTION A wealthy, Nigerian-American teen is pulled over by police, shot to death and immediately awakens, reliving the same day over and over, trapped in a terrifying time loop - forced to con- front difficult truths about his life and himself. THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON Director (114 Minutes) ALI LEROI
  37. 37. 37 OFFICIALSELECTION Beatriz, a failed psychologist, flees to her childhood home to escape fraud charges, only to discover that her quirky aunt has turned the estate into a high school. What seems at first a terrible surprise will, in fact, help her finally find a fulfilling path in life as an unconventional theatre instructor. ACCIDENTAL BLESSING Director PEREZ CERVERA (90 Minutes)
  38. 38. 38 OFFICIALSELECTION A frustrated housewife, her uptight husband, and a freewheeling artist form an unlikely triangle with explosive results. ORIGINAL SIN Director ( 75 Minutes) JEAN LEE
  39. 39. 39 OFFICIALSELECTION A dark comedy about a disgruntled summer-stock actor who contemptuously disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. By doing so he unleashes the curse of The Scottish Play and wreaks havoc on the company. GHOST LIGHT Director (102 Minutes) JOHN STIMPSON
  40. 40. 40 OFFICIALSELECTION A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all star student. LUCE Director JULIUS ONAH (109 Minutes)
  41. 41. 41 OFFICIALSELECTION At the corner of an alley, this news that old Na-Sali gives him: “Your cousin Pierre has just died! And: “We must bury him in the city as soon as possible. His body can not be buried in the village, otherwise it would be misfortune. » Everything changes at this moment. Human nature, the true one, is revealed to Rasmané : rough and severe. DUGA LES CHAROGNARDS Director (92 Minutes) ABDOULAYE DAO & HERVÉ ERIC LENGANI
  42. 42. 42 OFFICIALSELECTION Special Agent DT Gagano dreams of leaving the CIA to open a business with his wife Malin. The night he’s about to present his resignation letter a strange cyber virus attacks the agency’s operating system effectively sidetracking his plans. Traveling into virtual reality dimensions, Gagano and his partner will infiltrate the system to eradicate the virus. Things however, will not go as planned when the virus takes over the system and starts creating games to compete against itself, leaving the entire world’s stability in jeopardy. Are Gagano and the CIA peons in these sinister games? While the virus capabilities start reaching out into the real world, developing obscure and complex political plots, Gaga- no, trapped in the virtual reality must find a way to guarantee his escape and his survival only to discover that nothing is what it seems. JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY Director (82 Minutes) MIGUEL LLANSO
  43. 43. 43 OFFICIALSELECTION The complexity of Fela’s life is unravelled through the eyes and conversations of his close friend and official biographer, the African-Cuban Carlos Moore. As the documentary unfolds, it reveals the many influences and forces that shaped Fela’s extraordinary life: from the relationship he had with his mother to his many and problematic relationships with women, from his ties with his spiritual advisor Professor Hindu to his mutually influential encounters with African Americans. By placing Fela’s personal history in a pan-African con- text, the film becomes not only a portrait of one man but also of a pan-African generation. Written by IFFR MY FRIEND FELA Director JOEL ZITO ARAUJO (94 Minutes)
  44. 44. 44 OFFICIALSELECTION A slice of street life in South Africa’s Mdantsane township, known as the boxing mecca of South Africa, Knuckle City follows the journey of Dudu Nyakama, a down and out ageing boxer as he struggles to attain the one fight that he believes will uplift his fractured family. Contending that the underbelly of the boxing world is rife with criminality, Dudu unwittingly enlists the help of his reckless but resourceful, gangster broth- er who’s coming out of jail. Haunted by the ghost of their father, Dudu soon finds that the fight at home is far more challenging than any opponent he can possibly face in the ring... KNUCKLE CITY Director (120 Minutes) JAHMIL X.T. QUBEKA
  45. 45. 45 OFFICIALSELECTION YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN is a modern day Cinderella where diminutive and daring Guo Pei’s dream of the exclusive yet savage world of haute couture does not end at the ball... Yellow is Forbidden weaves global power dynamics and the opposition between art and commerce with a hankering for oppressive Imperial Grandeur. YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN Director (97 Minutes) PIETRA BRETTKELLY
  46. 46. 46 OFFICIALSELECTION A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to res- cue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memo- ries and brightest dreams. Their fictional characters journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. LIYANA Director AARON KOPP AND AMANDA KOPP (77 Minutes)
  47. 47. 47 OFFICIALSELECTION Southern Africa, 1865. When Fiela, a hardworking coloured woman, discovers a three-year-old white boy on her doorstep her choice to take him in is one that will have long-lasting ramifications on both her and the child. After a decade in Fielas care, Benjamin is noticed by government officials and taken from her, returned to the white family of woodcutters they believe he came from. Separated by law and geography, Fiela and Benjamin spend the next decade trying to find each other while simultaneously coming to terms with their individual identities. Fiela has lost a son and slowly descends into depression, a state of mind that is further exasperated by the abuse that she experiences from both the law and Benjamin’s new father as she tries to find him. Benjamin, on the other hand, is thrust into an abusive and impoverished environment, one where he is forced to take on a new identity while suppressing the one he has. FIELA SE KIND Director (120 Minutes) BRETT MICHAEL INNES
  48. 48. 48 OFFICIALSELECTION “Bhai’s Cafe, a cornerstone of the Wynberg community comes under threat from a ruthless property developer. At the same time Bhai’s daughter is swept off her feet by the property magnate’s son, setting up a battle of epic comic proportions as Bhai rallies the community to save the Cafe, the neighbourhood and a blossoming love affair.” BHAI’S CAFE Director (100 minutes) MAYNARD KRAAK
  49. 49. 49 OFFICIALSELECTION Three elderly hermits live in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women... A luminous octogenarian unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region’s deadliest forest fire. After the death of the eldest hermit, the two women make an astonishing discovery: hundreds of painting echoing his tragic experience related to that devastating fire. A story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN Director LOUISE ARCHAMBAULT (127 Minutes)
  50. 50. 50 OFFICIALSELECTION Set in the early 80s, the charming and hilarious ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ tells the story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite, in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who’s threat- ening their families. A marvellous adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family, the film also pays tribute to classic Bolly- wood movies and their heroes. Feisty Ticky Chetty is a skinny kid who enjoys the outdoors, is creative and energetic, and has tons of street smarts. He lives in a Bollywood dream world where he’s an unbeatable action hero, and rooftops are his kingdom. He is looking for a partner in crime and sees a trainee in Baboo. Chubbier than and more bookish that Ticky, Baboo is equally imaginative and spirited. These two nine-year-old misfits decide to rid their community of the evil crime boss Raja, and they soon discover that they have lots to learn from each other. The film brings together the rich and colourful world of the Indian community in the 80s as well as Bollywood cinema and songs from that era, in a tale that peers into the past through the prism of the present. KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET Director (90 Minutes) JUDY NAIDOO
  51. 51. 51 OFFICIALSELECTION The Herbert Macaulay Affair is a story that follows Young Herbert who returns from England and begins the opposition to the colonial government In 1898, Herbert is done with his scholarship training and becomes the first Engineer and Surveyor in the colony. Upon his return he is employed by the Colonial Government in Lagos He faces a lot of discrimination and watches it being done to fellow Lagosians. Annoyed by the constant marginalization, Herbert quits his job with the colonial government and starts a long opposition to them. THE HERBERT MACAULAY AFFAIR Director (91 Minutes) IMOH UMOREN
  52. 52. 52 OFFICIALSELECTION A day after Valentina’s passing, her bereaved hus- band Vassil and son Pavel find out that she persistently keeps trying to call the neighbour on the phone. A sucker for the super- natural, Vassil sets out on a trip to meet a famous medium, forcing his estranged son Pavel to tag along and make sure his nutty old dad stays out of harms way. The unhinged journey that follows will make them face the guilt they feel towards the one they lost and rediscover their relationship THE FATHER Director KRISTINA GROZEVA & PETAR VALCHANOV (87 Minutes)
  53. 53. 53 OFFICIALSELECTION Winter 1968 & showbiz legend Garland arrives in Swing- ing London to perform a live week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global star- dom in The Wizard of Oz, But if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends & warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best- known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of the worlds greates entertainer. JUDY Director (118 Minutes) RUPERT GOOLD
  54. 54. 54 OFFICIALSELECTION Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) stars in STXfilms 21 BRIDGES, an action thriller produced by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) and directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones). Thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers, a disgraced NYPD detective (Boseman) uncovers a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 Bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. 21 BRIDGES Director (99 Minutes) BRIAN KIRK
  55. 55. 55 OFFICIALSELECTION MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japa- nese. Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and sailors who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. MIDWAY Director ROLAND EMERICH (138 Minutes)
  56. 56. 56 OFFICIALSELECTION LUANA and EMILIA meet on the first day of their senior year at High School. The promise of an intense, fun and fiery friendship is interrupted by the leak of a sex tape on social media. Luana steps into an oppressive reality, lonely and isolated, she chooses to be confrontational and audacious in her response to the world around her. LUNA Director (90 Minutes) CRIS AZIZI
  57. 57. 57 OFFICIALSELECTION Chance encounters on the streets of Johannesburg connect Ezra – a young man on the run from the law, Roxy – a dejected stripper, and Father Benjamin – a despairing priest, in their search of answers, acceptance and faith. Charged to revive a struggling church in a depressed inner city com- munity, Father Benjamin is forced to learn about forgiveness. Ezra’s escape from his small town leads him to embark on a journey of self-discovery, while Roxy finally confronts a past she buried deep in the recesses of her mind. When their paths cross, they form an unlikely bond that forces them to venture out of their comfort zones and find freedom and salvation in truth and forgiveness. SALVATION Director (95 Minutes) CARMEN SANGION
  58. 58. 58 OFFICIALSELECTION Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to 70s - era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America,history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM Director TIMOTHY GREENFIELD SANDERS (120 Minutes)
  59. 59. 59 OFFICIALSELECTION An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23 year- old James has two options: treatment or death. After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connect- ing with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life. A MILLION LITTLE PIECES is the latest film from acclaimed director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson in a tour de force performance. Based on the best - selling book by James Frey with a screenplay by Aaron Taylor, John- son and Sam Taylor Johnson, the film als o stars Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Charlie Hunnam, and Odessa Young. A MILLION LITTLE PIECES Director (113 Minutes) SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON
  60. 60. 60 OFFICIALSELECTION Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of being finding each other. A tropical melodrama from the director of Madame Satã. THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURIDICE GUSMAO Director (139 Minutes) KARIM AÏNOUZ
  61. 61. 61 OFFICIALSELECTION Zulu Man In Japan chronicles South African su- perstar Nasty C’s journey to Japan. It unearths his desire to experience Japanese culture and compare it to his own. Nasty C totally immerses himself in the music scene, experiencing for the first time the mosh pit madness as a fan. Teaming up with notable Japanese artists in the studio, Nasty C churned out some amazing new music. His journey also takes us inside Japan’s authentic fashion world, music and art. Zulu Man in Japan Director NHLAKANIPHO MKHIZE (48 Minutes) Zulu Man in Japan
  62. 62. 62 OFFICIALSELECTION In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin, a Russian literature professor at The University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed. When he meets a child who tells him a story, Malin connects with the kids and finds his way through. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. But Malin is now so en- trenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he does not notice his young family suffering. He must find his way back to his wife and child through the lessons he learns at the hospital – and become a better person on the way. A TRANSLATOR Director (107 Minutes) RODRIGO & SEBASTIAN BARRIUSO
  63. 63. 63 OFFICIALSELECTION American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in1966 FORD VS FERRARI Director (152 Minutes) JAMES MANGOLD
  64. 64. 64 OFFICIALSELECTION An old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul. 8 Director HAROLD HOLSCHER (99 Minutes)
  65. 65. 65 OFFICIALSELECTION Set in 1963, after the Old Location uprising which shook South West Africa, a black maids life is changed forever when she encounters an Afrikaner police officer on a routine passbook check. Their illicit love for each other grows over time through the letters they write to each other, and they endure many obstacles beyond their different skin colours. The White Line isan authentic Namibian story, that shows how apartheid laws were extended to the territory, prior to independence, under the South African administration. THE WHITE LINE Director (100 Minutes) DESIREE KAHIKOPO
  66. 66. 66 OFFICIALSELECTION South Africa, 1972: The oppression of the apartheid led government brutalises the black and non-white populous, re- moving anyone deemed an antagonist to the regime. From incarceration and vicious beatings to the blatant murder of the innocent by the police, the unrest in South Africa is palpable. On returning from a trip to London, Brian Astbury, a young photographer, garners the support of his wife and Actress, Yvonne Bryceland, and Playwright, Director and Actor, Athol Fugard, to open the first racially inclusive arts venue in South Africa. The Space Theatre was born. THE SPACE - THEATRE OF SURVIVAL Director (84 Minutes) DAN POOLE AND MARK STREET
  67. 67. 67 OFFICIALSELECTION This soulful documentary illustrates how music has always been a powerful tool within South African culture. Connecting to the body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being; music connects people. There is concern regarding how South Af- rica’s colonial history continues to take away from culture and language but through music people are touched and reminded of who they are. The con- nection between music and culture is expressed in this moving documentary where various South Af- rican artists narrate what music and culture mean to them. The artists featured in the film express their cultural heritage through their music. MY CULTURE MY MUSIC Director FANNEY TSIMONG (48 Minutes)
  68. 68. 68 OFFICIALSELECTION Vision Portraits is my personal story of going on a scientific and artistic journey to better understand the ramifications of my deteriorating vision. My aim is to come to a deeper sense of knowledge through illuminating portraits of three artists: a photographer, a dancer and a writer. The film specifically focuses on the ways each artist was impacted by the loss of their vision and the ways in which their creative process thrives in spite of their blindness. It consists of four chapters which profile each artist and also follows a medical procedure centered on the restoration of my lost vision through the use of cutting edge technol- ogy atthe Center for Vision Restoration in Berlin, Germany VISION PORTRAITS Director RODNEY EVANS (78 Minutes)
  69. 69. 69 OFFICIALSELECTION Akeem Sharp, nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, is set to be the islands next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes his rise in athletics will take him to the U.S. to reunite with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeems rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: an unstable father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeems career as a means of escaping—or perhaps enhancing— his scam artist hustle.. SPRINTER Director (114Minutes) STORM SAULTER.
  70. 70. 70 OFFICIALSELECTION Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. HARRIET Director KASI LEMMONS (125 Minutes)
  71. 71. 71 OFFICIALSELECTION The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is crafted from never before seen footage originally captured in1972. AMAZING GRACE Director (87 Minutes) ALAN ELLIOTT & SIDNEY POLLACK
  72. 72. 72 OFFICIALSELECTION HERO is the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941, left his small island home in Trinidad to seek his fortune, and became the RAF’s most decorated West Indian airman of WWII. His life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the Pan African and independence movements sweeping the world in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The film is not just about his life but about the dynam- ic and transformative times in which he lived. It is the hitherto untold story of those Caribbean professionals who helped to liberate Africa from colonialism. HERO Director (110 Minutes) FRANCES - ANN SOLOMON
  73. 73. 73 OFFICIALSELECTION KETEKE” tells a story focused on the 1980s rail service system in Ghana. A couple, BOI (Adjetey- Anang) and ATSWEI (Lydia Forson),living in Puna, is bent on delivering their first baby in their home town Akete. Very close to the childbirth, the couple heads to Akete. Unfortunately, they miss the train, and the train service is the only means of transport from the outskirts to the town. In their haste to get there, they compound their situ- ation with a wrong decision and they find themselves in the middle of nowhere. Now, will the couple make it on time for the delivery, or, risk losing the baby and mother? KETEKE Director PETER SEDUFIA (98 Minutes)
  74. 74. 74 OFFICIALSELECTION An artistic hybrid documentary, ZERO IMPUNITY is the centerpiece of an ambitious global transmedia project. ZERO IMPUNITY sheds a powerful spotlight on the seemingly total Impunity for the use of sexual violence in armed conflicts worldwide. ZERO IMPUNITY is an important and necessary eye opening Scream, raising awareness and outrage. Galvanizing us into Action. Join the Movement. ZERO IMPUNITY Director (70 Minutes) NICOLAS BLIES & STEPHANE HUEBER-BLIES
  75. 75. 75 OFFICIALSELECTION At the polish press agency, he convinces his boss to send him to angola where a bloody civil war has broken out on the eve of the countrys independence. Heembarks on a seemingly suicidal road trip into the heart of the civil war. There, he witnesses once again the dirty reality of war and discovers a sense of helplessness previously unknown to him. Angola will change him forever: it was a reporter that left poland, but it was a writer that returned. ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Director (85 Minutes) RAÚL DE LA FUENTE & DAMIAN NENOW
  76. 76. 76 OFFICIALSELECTION Chikin Biznis follows the fortunes and blunders of the streetwise Bra Sipho, who after “twenty five years of sophisticated slavery” for a Stock Exchange listed company, retires to set up shop in the lucrative trade of chicken business, hoping that one day he will return to the Stock Exchange as the king of his own business empire: a telling metaphor for the aspirations of many other South Africans in an increasingly competitive economic environment. The bonus film Mamlambo is a touching tale of a street child and his friendship with a prostitute in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. CHIKIN BIZNIS Director (70 Minutes) NTSHAVHENI WA LURULI
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  78. 78. 78 INDUSTRY PROGRAMME
  79. 79. 79 PRESENTER TOPICD ATET IME VENUE Dream Hampton The Rise of DocumentaryT hursday, 21 November 1 2:00 - 13:00 DISCOP, Sandton Convention Centre Ng’endo Mukki Writing for Animation Friday, 22 November 9 :00 - 10:00 Auto & General Theatre on the Square Sara Blecher Intimacy Directing Friday, 22 November 1 4.30 - 15:30 Auto & General Theatre on the Square Jobie Bakama Intersection of Film and Technology Friday, 22 November 1 6:00 - 17:00 Auto & General Theatre on the Square
  80. 80. 80 INDUSTRYPROGRAMME DREAM HAMPTON Dream Hampton: Is a ground- breaking African-American filmmaker and writer at the leading edge of filmmakers using documentary film as an activist artform. Her recent film, “Surviving R. Kelly” (2019) was central to the me-too movement. The current docu-series, Finding Justice gives voice to community activists work in various issues across the US. SPEAKERS NG’ENDO MUKKI Ng’endo is a Kenya born and based film maker with a port- folio that spans children’s TV series, documentary anima- tion, experimental films and advertising campaigns. Educated at the Royal Col- lege of Art (RCA) and Rhode Island School of Design, she has worked on films like, Yellow Fever, Nairobi Berries and Kitwana’s Journey.
  81. 81. 81 SARAH BLECHER Sarah is an award-winning director and producer with extensive experience direct- ing across various film gen- res. Blecher often lends her voice to campaigns around women empowerment and is a founding member of SWIFT. She has worked on film like Ayanda and the Mechan- ic (2015), Otelo Burning (2011) and Mayfair (2018) SPEAKERS JOBIE BAKAMA Jobie is a multi-award winning director, producer and digital marketer. He has produced and written 4 in- ternationally syndicated radio shows for Ed Lover & Dr Dre, Fatman Scoop, DJ Mr Vince and Walt Baby Love. He’s also created and execu- tive produced several reality and music special tv shows like “The Hustle” for VUZU, “Stripped Down” and “The Mix Up” for Channel O. 
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  85. 85. 85 WOMENINFILM DATE TOPIC VENUE/TIME PANEL SPEAKERS Friday 22nd November Women in Film Dialogue Constitution Hill - Women’s Jail Lawns 4 - 5:30pm Ng’endo Mukii Zanele Mthembu Yolanda Ncokotwana Sihle Hlophe Mmabatho Kau (Facilitator) Busi Mhaga Friday 22nd November Women in Film Dialogue- Outdoor Film Screening Constitution Hill - Women’s Jail Lawns 7- 8:30pm Friday 22nd November Women in Film Dialogue- After Party Constitution Hill - Women’s Jail Lawns 8:30 - 11pm
  86. 86. 86 WOMENINFILM MMABATHO KAU BUSI MHAGA Facilitator Business Woman, Government Strategist & Chairperson of the Board; Gauteng Film Commission
  87. 87. 87 WOMENINFILM ZANELE MTHEMBU SIHLE HLOPHE Director, Screenwriter & Executive Producer at Passion seed Communications Producer & Chairperson of SWIFT (Sisters Working in the Film and Television)
  88. 88. 88 WOMENINFILM Yolanda Ncokotwana - Production and Development Manager: Documentaries at National Film and Video Foundation Filmmaker/Animator/Artist YOLANADA NCOKOTWANA NG’ENDO MUKKI
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  90. 90. 90 CINEMA NOUVEAU ROSEBANK Nouveau 8 Nouveau 9 Nouveau 10 Wednesday 20th November 3:30pm Vision Potraits '78M 3:30pm Zero Impunity '70M 3:30pm Original Sin '75M 5:15pm Another Day In Life '85M 05:15pm A Translator 05:00pm The White Line + Q&A '100M 7:15pm Luna + Q&A '90M (Mp4) 7:15pm Our Lady Of The Nile '93M 07:15pm Luce '109M Nouveau 8 Nouveau 9 Nouveau 10 Thursday 21st November 3:00pm Jesus Show Me The Way To The Highway '82 3:00pm Jojo Rabbit '108 3:00pm Yellow Is Forbidden '97 5:00pm Bacurau '132 5:00pm Where Are You Joao Gilberto? '107 05:00pm Accidental Blessing '90 7:30pm Harriet '125 7:15pm Papicha '106 07:15pm Bhai's Café '93 + Q&A Nouveau 8 Nouveau 9 Nouveau 10 Friday 22nd November 3:00pm Fiela Se Kind '120 3:00pm The Invisible Life Of Eurid- ice Gusmão '139 3:00pm Amazing Grace '87 5:15pm And The Birds Rained Down '127 6:00pm Our Mothers '78 5:45pm Bombay Rose '93 7:30pm Salvation ' 94 + Q&A 7:45pm Indigo '90 8:00pm Redemption '100 + Q&A SCREENINGSCHEDULE SCHEDULE OPENING NIGHT 8PM: THEATRE ON THE SQUARE, TUE 19TH NOVEMBER By Invitation Only
  91. 91. 91 CINEMA NOUVEAU ROSEBANK Nouveau 8 Nouveau 9 Nouveau 10 Saturday 23rd November 2:00pm Rocks '93 2:00pm Our Lady Of The Nile '93 2:00pm Duga, Les Charognards '92 3:45pm My Friend Fela '94 + Q&A 3:45pm Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am '119 3:45pm Another Day In Life '85 6:00pm It Must Be Heaven '97 6:00pm 8 + Q&A 5:30pm Bacurau '132 8:00pm 21 Bridges '99 8:15pm Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami '115 7:45pm A Million Little Pieces '113 Nouveau 8 Nouveau 9 Nouveau 10 Sunday 24th November 1:30pm Kings Of Mulberry Street Q&A '90 1:00pm The Invisible Life Of Eurid- ice Gusmão '139 2:00pm It Must Be Heaven '97 3:15pm Living In Bondage '150 + Q&A 3:30pm Hero '110 + Q&A 3:45pm Amazing Grace '87 6:30pm Sprinter '114 + Q&A 6:00pm Luce '109 5:30pm Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami '115M 8:15pm Judy '118 8:00pm Where Are You Joao Gilberto? '107 7:30pm Farming '101 SCREENINGSCHEDULE
  92. 92. 92 SCREENINGSCHEDULE STER KINEKOR SANDTON Sandton 3 Sandton 5 Wednesday 20th November 3:15pm ROCKS '110 3:30pm THE HERBERT MACAULAY AFFAIR '90 5:00pm JUDY '118 05:15pm PAPICHA '106 7:15pm MIDWAY '138 7:15pm KNUCKLE CITY '120 + Q&A Sandton 3 Sandton 5 Thursday 21st November 3:00pm KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET '90 + Q&A 3:15pm DUGA, LES CHAROGNARDS '92 5:15pm A MILLION LITTLE PIECES '113 5:00pm FARMING '101 7:30pm FORD VS FERRARI '152 7:15pm FINDING JUSTICE '120 + Q&A Sandton 3 Sandton 5 Friday 22nd November 4:00pm ZERO IMPUNITY '70 4:00pm YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN '97 5:30pm BHAI'S CAFÉ '93 + Q&A 6:00pm MY FRIEND FELA '94 + Q&A 7:45pm YARDIE '102 + Q&A 8:00pm CHICKEN BIZNESS Sandton 3 Sandton 5 Saturday 23rd November 3:00pm THE FATHER '87 3:00pm ORIGINAL SIN '75 4:45pm VISION POTRAITS '78 4:30pm ACCIDENTAL BLESSING'90 + Q&A 6:30pm LETTERS OF HOPE '75 6:30pm MIDWAY ' 138 8:45pm FLATLAND '117 9:00pm HARRIET '125
  93. 93. 93 STER KINEKOR SANDTON Sandton 3 Sandton 5 Sunday 24th November 2:30pm AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN '127 3:00pm THE WHITE LINE '100 4:45pm YARDIE '102 Q&A 5:30pm MY FRIEND FELA '94 + Q&A 7:30pm JOJO RABBIT '108 7:00pm 21 BRIDGES '99 9:30pm THE HERBERT MACAULAY AFFAIR '90 9:00pm GHOST LIGHT '102 Theatre On The Square Tuesday 19th November 7:30pm OPENING NIGHT FILM - 8 '100 Wednesday 20th November 5:30pm FLATLAND '117 + Q&A 8:30pm SPRINTER '114 + Q&A Thursday 21st November 5:30pm REDEMPTION '100 + Q&A 8:00pm HERO '110 + Q&A Friday 22nd November 5:30pm LETTERS OF HOPE '75 + Q&A 8:00pm LIVING IN BONDAGE '150 + Q&A Saturday 23rd November 4:30pm 2 GRAMS & A SUNRISE The Bioscope Wednesday 20th November 5:30pm THE SPACE THEATRE OF SURVIVAL '84 7:30pm KETEKE '98 Thursday 21st November 5:30pm LUNA '90 7:30pm MY CULTURE MY MUSIC '48 + Q&A Friday 22nd November 6:00pm ZULU MAN IN JAPAN '48 + Q&A 8:00pm A TRANSLATOR '107 Saturday 23rd November 6:00pm BOMBAY ROSE '93 8:00pm SALVATION '94 + Q&A SCREENINGSCHEDULE
  94. 94. 94 Nelson Mandela Square Wednesday 20th November 4:00pm MAGENGE Friday 22nd November 2:00pm DREAMCHASER 4:00pm SAVANNAH SKIES Saturday 23rd November 1:00pm ISIPHO SOTHANDO 3:00pm THE PAINTING Sunday 24th November 4:00pm CLOSING NIGHT FILM - WINNING FILM KINGS THEATRE Wednesday 20th November 1:00PM ONE HUMANITY 3:30pm MAMA '60 5:00pm ENSULO '60 6:30pm LOSING LERATO '96 Thursday 21st November 3:00pm THEMBA LAM '60 4:30pm THE PAINTING '60 6:30pm THE SPACE: THEATRE OF SURVIVAL '84 KINGS THEATRE Friday 22nd November 3:00pm UTHANDO LWETHU '60 4:00pm LIFE OF BIM '60 6:30pm 8 '100 Saturday 23rd November 1:00pm LIYANA '77 + STORY TELLING WITH GCINA MHLOPHE 3:00pm MORATUA '60 4:30pm THE PAINTING '60 6:00pm HERO '110 + Q&A Sunday 24th November 12:00pm UNKOSIKAZI WOKUQALA '60 1:30pm ZULU MAN IN JAPAN '48 + Q&A 3:00pm FINDING JUSTICE '120 + Q&A 5:45pm ENSULO '60 SCREENINGSCHEDULE
  95. 95. 95 NOTES
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