Cape Town – The 18th Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival kicks off from 2 to 12 June 2016 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
This year the festival will screen 50 South African and International features including American documentarian Michael Moore's latest doccie, Where to Invade Next.
Apart from the screenings the festival will also have Q&A sessions, masterclass sessions for filmmakers and a virtual encounters exhibition.
Check out the festival trailer here.
1. Soweto, Time of Wrath
The festival opening film by a group of Soweto filmmakers takes a look at the current situation in the country where people are angry, but weary about the corruption in the country.
Twenty-two years ago the brutal attack of Alison Botha made headlines. She was kidnapped by two men who raped her, stabbed her over 30 times and slit her throat. They left her to die but she miraculously survived. Her story is now being told in this powerful documentary.
See the trailer here:
3. Action Kommedant
This is the untold story of Ashley Kriel, the 20-year-old Capetonian anti-apartheid leader who was murdered by the apartheid police in 1987.
Action Kommandant (Trailer) from Tristram Atkins on Vimeo.
4. The Pearl of Africa
The documentary tells the story of Cleopatra Kambugu, a transwoman whose personal details appeared in a Ugandain tabloid in 2014 outing 200 LGBIT people. It follows her as she leaves Uganda to have gender reassignment surgery in Thailand.
5. Walking in My Shoes
This moving documentary tells the story of the state of schooling in rural South Africa. It focuses on Siphilele who walks 15km to school every day, articulate 11 year old Khanyisa who blames herself for her mother's death and 17-year-old Nompilo who besides going to school every day has to go home to do housework and fetch 50 litres of water.
Walking in my shoes trailer from Big Fish on Vimeo.
Tickets are only R55.
Cape Town screenings are at the Labia Theatre and Ster- Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront.
Jozi screenings are at Rosebank Nouveau and The Bioscope
For booking details click here.
For the screening schedule click here.
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