AfriDocs’ Film Festival on Your Screen 2016 Promo 1:00 min
The Durban International Film Festival 2016 – Live on Your TV Screen!
For the 3rd year running, AfriDocs on [ED] bring the best of the Durban International Film Festival to TV screens across sub-Saharan Africa. With unprecedented access to the films and filmmakers of DIFF 2016, AfriDocs will be presenting a week of special programming that includes some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including the opening night film, The Journeymen.
From June 21st – 25th AfriDocs on [ED] will screen 3 top films from DIFF daily with a full day of repeats on the 26th and a daily live broadcast from the festival in Durban from 4pm that will include interviews with top filmmakers and industry experts.
AfriDocs on [ED] is the only broadcast platform in the world to bring a major film festival event to TV screens, and this year sees the most inclusive line-up to date.
The week of screenings includes some of the world’s newest and most powerful documentaries such as Senegal’s The Revolution Won’t be Televised, Sweden’s Martha & Niki, the international tale of arms-world intrigue based on Andrew Feinstein’s book, Shadow World and the collectively-made film Soweto, Times of Wrath, by a group of six Sowetan filmmakers, that gives a deep insight into contemporary Soweto – and the defiant pulse of South Africa.
From the 21st – 25th of June tune into Channel [ED] 190 DSTV from 16:55 to catch three feature-length documentaries per day, with Sunday the 26th seeing all the films repeated for those who may have missed them.
Tuesday 21 June
I Shot Bi Kidude | Andy Jones | Tanzania | 2015
This film, shot and directed by UK filmmaker Andy Jones, is a moving tale of the legendary singer’s last 10 years before her death in 2013. Shot mainly in Zanzibar’s Stone Town and in the UK, the movie opens with the death of the director’s mother just three weeks before Bi Kidude’s demise on April 17, 2013. It then develops to show Bi Kidude’s musical journey, her formidable strength and influence on the taarab music scene, the highlights of her career and the director’s connection with Zanzibar and Bi Kidude. Jones is an ardent fan and was a close friend of Bi Kidude’s, having toured with her, witnessing and recording her high and low moments.
The Journeymen | Sean Metelerkamp | South Africa | 2016
This film has been selected as the opening night film for DIFF 2016 and was filmed as part of the Twenty Journey project in 2014. The Journeymen chronicles the journey of three young South African photographers, Wikus de Wet, Sipho Mpongo and Sean Metelerkamp, as they travel 24 000km in a motorhome throughout South Africa, with GoPro cameras strapped to their chests, to explore the mood and feel the pulse of contemporary South Africa. From urban sprawls to dusty rural roads, the trio were driven by the question “Has Mandela’s vision of equality in a rainbow nation been achieved?” The film answers this with a kaleidoscopic set of responses that are disturbing, beautiful, thought-provoking and, more than anything, movingly surreal.
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised | Rama Thiaw | Senegal | 2016
Thiat and Kilifeu, Senegalese activists and underground hip-hop singers, lead this one-year revolution against President Wade, until his fall in 2012. But what is beyond a revolution? Will the two friends succeed in their 17-year long quest for recognition as musicians? By highlighting an emerging African urban youth movement, the revolution won’t be televised, but it will be documented.
This compelling film was the only sub-Saharan documentary selected for this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Wednesday June 22nd
Girls Don’t Fly| Monika Grassi |Ghana | 2016
Girls Don’t Fly delves into the daily routine of the AvTech Academy, founded by the NGO Medicine on the Move. Narrating the story of four young Ghanaian girls learning to fly, the film showcases the cultural diversity on display and the contradictions that arise when Western ideals meet African values.
Soweto, Times of Wrath | Siphamandla Bongwana, Jerry Obakeng Gaegane, Stanford Gibson, Nduzo Shandu, Asanda Kupa, Gontse More | South Africa | 2016
With a vitality and commitment so urgent for our national cinema, Soweto, Times of Wrath shows us our fractured, defiant reflection that once seen, cannot be unseen. Here is a film that demands that we, the sleeping, wake up and attend to the restless, those excluded from the so-called South African Dream. “What am I in South Africa? I have voted!”, shouts an illegal miner as police fire warning shots. Captured by a sextet of young Sowetans, these snapshots present a country whose people are angry, wearied by corruption so endemic they are blind to it. But there are those activists, young and old, that challenge social and administration ills, that urge still frustrated residents to ‘Love one another’ while waiting for long-promised housing.
Independencia | Mario Bastos | Angola | 2015
This documentary was born out of the need to preserve history (and the stories) of participants in the struggle for the liberation of Angola. Many are still alive and lucid but few have documented their journey or had the opportunity to talk about what they experienced, outside their family circle and friends.
The film is the result of Project Angola – Pathways to Independence, which brought together the audio-visual producer Geração 80 and the Associação Tchiweka de Documentação (ATD), an institution dedicated to preserving documents and disseminating the history of the struggle for independence. The project started in 2010 aiming to collect as many personal testimonies as possible. The task is urgent, as with each passing day the voice of these important people is being lost. The moment was timely, in a country finally without war and able to draw on historical perspective and with the required serenity.
Shown with Afripedia Kenya
Thursday June 23rd
Those Who Jump | Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidebe|Morocco | 2016
Three directors (one of them an African migrant) made this frontier-set documentary, a riveting form of home movie where home itself is entirely off limits, Those Who Jump (Les Sauteurs) offers viewers a raw glimpse into the lives of African migrants hoping to make it into Europe by scaling a barrier between Morocco and the outlying Spanish city of Melilla.
Rather than shooting a typical documentary, directors Moritz Sibert and Estephan Wagner decided to hand off a camera to Abou Bakar Sidibe, a Malian who spent more than a year trying to cross over to the other side. The resulting footage exposes the everyday plight of exiles seeking a better life abroad, and doing so with cunning, humor and a sense of their predicament that’s at once fatalistic and remarkably sanguine.
Action Kommandant | Nadine Angel Cloete | South Africa | 2016
Action Kommandant is the untold story of slain South African liberation fighter, Ashley Kriel. During the oppressive apartheid era Ashley was known as the Ché Guevara of Cape Town’s notorious ‘Cape Flats’. He was born into a single-mother, working class family in Bonteheuwel and grew to become the symbol of 1980s youth resistance. Ashley’s story is told through pockets of memory opened by those who were closest to him. A wound unmended is explored through these intimate interviews. In a haunting last recording of his voice he sings: ‘Don’t mourn for me, organize’.
A Syrian Love Story | Sean McAllister | Syria | 2015
Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.
Amer, 45, met Raghda, 40, in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. Over months they communicated through a tiny hole they’d secretly made in the wall. They fell in love and when released got married and started a family together. This film tells the poignant story of their family torn apart by the tyrannical Assad dictatorship. Filming began in Syria in 2009, prior to wave of revolutions and changes in the Arab world – at the time, Raghda was a political prisoner and Amer was caring for their young children alone. However, in exile, Raghda’s mental heath suffers. She attempts suicide. We see their new life in France develop but the war is now between them. In finding the freedom they fought so hard for, their relationship is beginning to fall apart.
Shown with Afripedia Senegal
Friday June 24th
Walls | Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina | International | 2015
Filmed in four continents, Walls presents eight personal stories of people who are personally affected by physical barriers. The Mexico/USA border, the Moroccan/Spanish border and the Zimbabwe/South African border all have barriers to prevent people crossing, but that doesn’t stop their attempts. And the walls inevitably result in an inner barrier as well.
Martha & Niki | Tora Mkwandawire Martens | Sweden | 2016
In 2010 Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever that two women became World Champions in Hip Hop. This film depicts their love of dance, each other and about friendship put to the test. About desires, yearning and finding the right path in life.
Shadow World | Johan Grimonprez | International | 2016
Haliburton may be the shining example of an out-of-control arms industry, where the profit is billions of dollars and the loss is human lives. In Shadow World, based upon the 2011 book by Andrew Feinstein, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, there are other weapons manufacturers, world leaders, arms dealers, military leaders, and behind-the-scenes movers that come under director Johan Grimonprez’s scrutiny in an eye-popping assemblage of news and archival footage.
Accompanying the images are comments from Feinstein, a slippery arms dealer, former New York Times writer Chris Hedges, and New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, retired US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, and other once-willing participants in the business who decided to speak out. Grimonprez spares no-one to expose a shadow world of corruption, slush funds, drones, illicit bed partners, and a whole lot of lies and greed from the early 80s up to the present. The aim is to perpetuate war in order to generate more cash, no matter what the expense.
Shown with Afripedia Ghana
Saturday June 25th
District Zero |Pablo Iraburu, Jorge Fernandez, Pablo Tosco | Jordan | 2015
This film tells the moving and simple story of Syrian refugees as told by their phones and memory cards. The film takes place in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world: Zaatari, in Jordan. Maamun opens the door to his shop where he rebuilds photos and sound, recovers lost content, recharges batteries, and restores the only link his neighbours still have with Syria. Through his routine, the conversations with his friends and neighbours, the daily life in his tiny shop, we discover that no-one wants to print photos of the war; there is much more to the refugees’ sense of identity than that. They want to remember, they want to emphasize their Syrian identity, their identity as individual people.
Shake The Dust | Adam Sjoberg| USA |2014
Shake the Dust is a feature documentary that tells the stories of break dancers from conflicted “third- world” communities around the globe who, although separated by cultural boundaries and individual struggles, are intrinsically tied to one another through their passion for dance and hip-hop culture.
Democrats | Camilla Nielsson | Zimbabwe | 2014
In the wake of long-time leader Robert Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win, Zimbabwe took a historic step forward by convening a bipartisan constitutional committee as the country tried to evolve past its years of corrupt, authoritarian leadership. Two men from rival political parties were appointed to the committee: Paul Mangwana and Douglas Mwonzora, opposites in politics and personality, but both passionate and united in their ambition to deliver a historic new foundation for a reformed nation. Should they fail at securing maximum influence for their respective parties on the provisions in the new constitution, dire consequences loom for each. Democrats was filmed over the course of three years with unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, offering a rare, first-hand account of a country’s first steps towards democracy.
Shown with Afripedia Angola