Encounters has just had confirmation that Last Men in Aleppo director, Firas Fayyad will no longer be joining the Festival this year.
Award-winning filmmaker, animator and photographer Ng’endo Mukii, in conversation with New Dimensions series producer Steven Markovitz, about the driving forces behind her film Nairobi Berries, how Virtual Reality can open up a whole new world of storytelling possibilities for filmmakers and the present VR landscape in Africa.
Encounters is thrilled to announce the panelists for the Black Filmmakers Forum discussion: Sylvia Vollenhoven, Vuyokazi Matu and Weeam Williams will be in conversation about the role of broadcasters and how their support or lack thereof affects us on a local and international level.
Encounters is thrilled to welcome Strong Island director, Yance Ford, to the Festival this year. Strong Island, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Winner for Storytelling, is a timely and intelligent work and a painful intersection of private tragedy and public and political intransigence. Ford will be in attendance at the screening on the 6th June to present his film.
Visiting Encounters guest director, Jan Gassmann, will conduct a master class at the University of Cape Town entitled “Working on the frontier: In between fiction and non-fiction”.
Geoff Arbourne, producer of Forever Pure, will be present at all post-screening Q+A’s of the film in Cape Town.
Encounters is thrilled to announce that Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, filmmakers of the acclaimed documentary Whose Streets? will now be joining the Festival on the opening weekend. Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s exceptional documentary, which premiered at Sundance, follows the story of how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and later sparked a global movement.