About Bloody Time tells the story of how lack of access to free sanitary pads and menstrual health education coupled with societal stigma and fear impacts her life during that time of the month.
The Life of Jo Menell
South African filmmaker Jo Menell is most well-known for the cult classic, Dick, which featured shots of 1000 penises accompanied by audio commentary from women. The nature of that film, however, belies a rich career in film and […]
Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine
Through the work of Dr Samah Jabr, a psychiatrist and writer at the An-Najah University in Nablus Palestine we view the appalling conditions suffered by the inhabitants of Palestine from an analysis of constant containment, uncertainty and violence.
Shot in the Dark
Billy Monk was a bouncer and nightclub photographer in 1960s Cape Town. Fifty years after Billy Monk captured this hidden slice of Cape Town’s history, this intimate documentary brings together key characters in his story – one that is far from black and white.
Shot across 16mm, VHS, DV, and Digital, Breakfast in Kisumu is a personal homage to the 20-year journey of renowned professor and political activist Rok Ajulu. Filmed across 6 countries between Europe and Africa, with a proxy-archival quality, it follows Rok’s account of his struggles as an exiled freedom fighter of the post-colonial, apartheid era.
Karen and The Process
Karen Dalton was for a brief period the musical queen of Greenwich village in the sixties, inspiring Bob Dylan and seemingly the obverse of the far more outgoing Joan Baez.
Bromwell Street tells a human story of people feeling as though they’ve been thrown away by the current regime and left to fend for themselves.
In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, the film follows the story of Enock Alu, a Malawian orphan from a rural village growing up between the contrasting worlds of his traditional African culture and the strict discipline of the Confucian, Buddhist value system of the Chinese. Against the backdrop of China’s expanding influence on the continent, the film evokes some of the tensions and uncertainties surrounding the growing relationship between China and Africa.
Cape Town’s Beach Calligrapher creates visual poetry as we learn about calligrapher and letter artist, Andrew van der Merwe and his art while we watch him create his beach calligraphy.
A unique and enthralling mixture of investigation and animation as the director goes in search of the reasons why and how her cousin, Chris, an investigative journalist, came to meet his death in war-torn Croatia.
The contrasting stories of two women and a young man who grew up without fathers within the mixed-race and black communities and how they believe this has shaped their lives.
DOCi – Emerging Filmmakers Programme is a community-oriented program designed to reach previously-disadvantaged young people. The course is a full time, fully immersive, programme run over 11 weeks. The aim is to teach an introduction to documentary […]
Through testimonies from communities in mining families throughout Southern Africa and extensive use of contrasting archive materials DYING FOR GOLD tells the story of how we have arrived at this extraordinary situation. DYING FOR GOLD brings to the surface the real cost of South African gold.
This powerful 8-minute film provides a devastating perspective on the hugely divisive 2018 electoral campaign in Brazil.
Black women narrate their experiences of race, colourism, Afrophobia and Xenophobia in this powerful short documentary.
Hassane Mezine links Fanon’s activism and writing with contemporary anti-imperialists struggles in Portugal, France, the USA, Niger, Algeria, South Africa and Palestine
5 women from very different backgrounds – Hassidic, Muslim, Shinto, Hindu and Catholic – confront the tenets of their paternalistic societies.
Film Festival Film explores the position of marginalised young South African filmmakers and interrogates the attitudes and perspectives of older and relatively privileged filmmakers who have already established key positions in the local industry
Friends of the Liesbeek is an initiative, started 25 years ago, that combats litter and waste water pollution in the Liesbeek river.
This short documentary is imparted with compassion and focuses on the personal story of Thandokazi.
The carefully observed short film introduces us to Mampuse and Ben, who spend their days collecting and selling recyclable materials to provide for themselves and their families.
After years of searching for hair perfection, a young Coloured woman and her friend set out to re-define beauty for themselves, despite deeply rooted self-esteem issues and pressure from the media and society.
Class and race divisions are still very explicit and prominent in South Africa.
A documentary in which we explore what it is like for females in the male dominated taxi industry by following the lives of two young women, Zarah Modack and Azraa Berling.
Along the Mojave Desert Ben Stillerman finds Johannesburg, California – named after the South African city
The World Premiere of JOZI GOLD is a story of wealth, greed and poisonous mountains. Johannesburg has produced a third of all the gold in the world. Now the gold is running out, the mines are falling apart and toxic waste turns water into poison. Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette Liefferink is on a mission to force the mine bosses to clean up. The film is by Fredrik Gertten and Sylvia Vollenhoven based on an original story by Adam Welz.
This impressionistic documentary chronicles the obsession of the filmmaker with her mentor, who disappeared from her life several years ago.
Let There Be Light
No matter one’s past or the darkness that haunts it, light can always be found. Siphosethu (Mhambi) Dyonasi leaves behind a painful past but has found light and healing through art.
The film could as much be Mikhail Gorbachev interviewing Werner Herzog as the other way around.
A men’s consciousness-raising group started by one man in Khayelitsha to help change men’s attitudes to women, starting with gender-based violence.
Birth of the Cool
Nelson provides a broad but detailed account of the man who changed the shape of jazz and defined the very notion of cool.
This Is My Last Film About You
This is a brave and powerful film, at once both intimate and alienated, that explores issues of colonialism, shame, whiteness, integration, and liminality, while speaking to the diasporic experience of time and space.
Connecting to the body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being; music connects people.
My Friend Fela explores the life of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti from the perspective of his long-time friend Carlos Moore.
For four decades the cinematheque thrived before political changes sent it into decline
A journey to the township to find out what it is like for a woman stuck in a man’s body and the struggles she faces.
Shocking archive footage of 20 000 American Nazis filling Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1939.
The jewel in our crown
The film depicts Tambo as a master diplomat, whose vision and foresight created the network of global alliances that constituted the anti-apartheid movement – the largest solidarity movement in history.
Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.
This rigorous documentary explores Feinberg’s unenviable position of having to place a financial value on human lives and justifying the differing amounts paid out.
Premiering at Sundance, this Oscar and BAFTA nominated documentary chronicles the life of legal pioneer and pop culture phenomenon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This beautifully crafted film looks at the recent Cape Town water crisis from a host of different perspectives.
The film follows the participants in the historic Argentine Lawsuit who prosecute the abuses in Spain from beyond the borders.
The Ahmed Timol Inquest
On 27 October 1971, the body of South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol fell from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square Police Station. In an inquest the following year, his death was ruled a suicide by […]
Atanásio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a visually dramatic journey through Mozambique’s past and present.
Theatre of Survival
The Space tells the story of the theatre and community that gave birth to some of South Africa’s most important writing and acting talents and its most significant works of protest theatre.
This remarkable documentary provides an engaging account of the Rivonia Freedom trial, allowing viewers access to an event that took place more than 50 years ago.
This touching short explores albinism within Xhosa culture and the conflicting nature of living with albinism and going through initiation. Thulani discovers it is rather his actions that prove he is still a man.
This touching short follows Andrew as he describes his life after the death of his wife
Street Survival, follows Tumisang Kokorwe as he spends 24 hours as a homeless person
Journey into the Rhino Horn War
In this roller coaster ride between Africa and Asia, two first time filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of the rhino species genocide where they are given exclusive access to the war unfolding.
This freewheeling short film introduces us to Tabu, an itinerant salesman of aphrodisiacs, who travels to Kinshasa to sell his goods.
Charming and sad in equal measure is this paean to the love of cinema as two of the one-time luminaries of Sudanese cinema attempt to revive a cinema in a country where movies have been banned for years.
Family has an impact on each of us. For Jessica, her family life has been difficult. Jessica’s search for identity leads her to discover that she needs to let go of pain and heal herself before she can heal her family.
Set in the 1980s, Three Identical Strangers chronicles the story of three men who were reunited through a series of astonishing coincidences after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families.
Since her near-fatal BASE jumping accident, Lisa’s love for the ocean and its life has allowed her to heal.
A documentary about school violence in South Africa, told through the eyes of a young man who stabbed his teacher and then transformed his life through sport.
Village versus Empire, dramatizes the threat to Island life and nature, through the performances of an artist, Dohee Lee, born on Jeju Island.
This film sensitively captures the lives of these girls as they move between the city streets and the ocean.
As an upcoming artist that composes and writes Jazz and Soul music it is really hard to get people to listen to your music, especially if you’re a black young man with a dream living in the townships.