Here's what movies you can watch at the Cape Town International Film Festival this week

2018-10-15 14:46
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Cape Town - The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is in full swing with movie with movies screening daily at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Nouveau until Friday 19 October.

After a glamorous opening night celebration on 9 October at the Artscape Theatre hundreds of industry guests and film lovers have descended on the V & A Waterfront to immerse themselves in the array of exciting films on screen. 

All films will be screened at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront from 10 – 19 October and all movie screenings are just R50 per screening! 


15 October, 20:00

Captive, David Kabale, South Africa (Feature film)

After an immigrant woman moves into her aunt’s house, she experiences sexual abuse at the hands of her in law. She must now make a choice of whether to submit or fight.

18 October, 17:30 

District 6: Rising from the Dust, Weeam Williams, South Africa (Documentary)

The documentary is a deeply personal story, which examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of inter-generational pain and dispossession of wealth. It also reflects on SA’s current restitution process.  


Everything Must Fall: 15 October, 20:30 Ster Kinekor Nouveau

An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education, and morphed into the most militant national revolt since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. 

Rafiki: 15 October, 20:15  Ster Kinekor Nouveau

Rafiki (lit. ”Friend”) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story “Jambula Tree”, Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Mayfair: 15 October, 19:45 Nu Metro

This fourth film from acclaimed South African director and DIFF regular Sara Blecher provides a fresh look at the gangster genre from a very different perspective. (Read our review here)

Deep End: 15 October, 17:30 Ster Kinekor Nouveau

Hot off its World Premiere, this South African film tells the story of Sunitha who aspires for what is not expected of her. She has to dig deep with a new resolve and confidence to overcome familiar cliches and introduce new lifestyle choices in a traditional community and rise above her father’s expectations to become her own woman.

New Moon: 16 October, 10:00 Ster Kinekor Nouveau

In New Moon, filmmaker & photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann embarks on a journey that takes her to the island of Lamu. Her intentions are to make a documentary about the island’s transformation from an obscure, predominantly Muslim Stone town to a port city. 

Sew The Winter to My Skin: 16 October, 10:15 Ster Kinekor Nouveau

A cinematic ballad of indigenous outlaw John Kepe, Sew the Winter to My Skin explores the true myth of a legendary black rebel folk hero in mid 20th century South Africa, a time that foreshadowed Apartheid, one of the most viciously racist political regimes in human history. In the rural Great Karoo region, the bandit John Kepe terrorises white farmers, stealing their livestock and supplies to give back to his impoverished communities. 

Supa Modo: 17 October, 17:30 Nu Metro

Story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true.

Kanarie: 17 October, 20:30 Ster Kinekor Nouveau

A coming-of-age gay & lesbian musical war drama about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group- known as the “Canaries”- during the height of the Apartheid regime.

Dogman: 17 October, 17:45 Nu Metro

Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorises the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Cut Out Girls: 17 October 18:30 Nu Metro

Cut-Out Girls is the story of how six young women’s lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen. Kevin and Mike are young men trying to get ahead in the competitive world of tennis. When one of them discovers a dangerous key that can unlock their potential, things get out of hand. Their worlds become intertwined and spiral out of control. (Read our review here)

Whispering Truth to Power: 18 October, 12:00, Ster Kinekor Nouveau

This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. 

Hear My Music: 19 October, 12:30 Nu Metro

Dizu Plaatjies is a performer, scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music. His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa Township to concert stages world-wide, is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary. 

For more information, tickets and schedules for films that will be screening at this year’s CTIFMF click here.

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