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Supa Modo – It takes a village to raise a child

Supa Modo – It takes a village to raise a child Mandimby Maharo, Talent Press 22 July | 16:00 | Suncoast Casino Cinema 5 The African tenet, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is at the centre of Likarion Wainaina first feature Supa Modo. This Kenyan drama is…

INTERVIEW WITH JENNA BASS

INTERVIEW WITH JENNA BASS Talent Press participant, Olu Yomi Ososanya from Nigeria sat down with South African director and writer, Jenna Cato Bass. She is the director of Love the one you love - the winner of the Award for Best South African feature at DIFF 2014. Both High Fantasy…

A STORK’S JOURNEY - review by Olu Yomi Ososanya

A STORK’S JOURNEY - review by Olu Yomi Ososanya 20 July | 20:30 | The KwaZulu-Natal Society Arts A Stork’s Journey (2017) aka Richard the Stork, is a German animated film directed by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari. Richard is a sparrow raised by Storks and he is fully convinced…

DIFF Closing Night Film: Rafiki (Special Screening)

DIFF Closing Night Film: Rafiki (Special Screening)   Mandimby Maharo, Talent Press Rafiki 20 July | 14:00 | Suncoast Casino [Special Screening] Rafiki, the film which won Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu a standing ovation in Cannes, is a tender and warm love story. Released in 2018, Rafiki dares to break…

DIFF opening Night Film: The Tokoloshe Olu Yomi Ososanya, Talent Press

DIFF opening Night Film: The Tokoloshe Olu Yomi Ososanya, Talent Press     The Tokoloshe (2018) is the feature debut of Director Jerome Pikwane who co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Kunzman. Tokoloshe in Zulu mythology is a dwarf like water spirit, considered mischievous and evil. The South African equivalent of…
Review: Shake The Dust

Review: Shake The Dust

BY NOLWAZI GUMEDE "The dream of every kid that grows up in the ghetto is to live, but the dream now is to change the slums for the better". This is the mantra that the hip hop artists featured in this documentary mention.
Ripples of Reality: A Personal reflection on DIFF

Ripples of Reality: A Personal reflection on DIFF

BY DANICA HANSEN The DIFF 2015 closing night ceremony opened with Pedro Pimenta’s expression of gratitude for his first edition as director of the Durban International Film Festival. “Everything we do is for the audience,”said Pimenta.
Review: El Gort

Review: El Gort

BY CHIBWE AKOMBELWA Maghrébin du Cinema alum, Hamza Ouni, reveals a personal story of two young men whose lives were turned upside down by the Tunisian revolution. El Gort is Ouni’s first feature documentary, it is a candid portrayal of two young men’s personal commentary during a tumultuous time in…
Review: Fevers (Fievres)

Review: Fevers (Fievres)

BY RASVANTH CHUNYLALL Hicham Ayouch, is in fine form with this award-winning drama that is well deserved of competing at the Durban International Film Festival.Fevers is a subtle reflection on the Israeli-Palestine conflict through the exploration of a problem child’s introduction to his biological family.
Review: The Beats of Antonov

Review: The Beats of Antonov

BY DANICA HANSEN Beats of the Antonov tell the story of the Sudanese refugees as they beat the odds with music. Sudanese director, Hajooj Kuka and South African Producer, Steven Markovitz collaborate on this amazing story from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains - Danica Hansen tunes in with director,…
Review: Shake The Dust

Review: Shake The Dust

BY GINA COETZEE A film with the potential to change the perceptions of third world countries that are mostly defined by their wrongs... Shake the Dust is a refreshing and empowering documentary that uses hip-hop to convey a humanitarian story.
Sembène: Re-awakening the African Cinema

Sembène: Re-awakening the African Cinema

BY TIGERE P MURINGA The talk about how to develop the African Cinema and exploit the potential of African film writers has dominated discussion at the 36th Durban International Film Festival 2015. In places like elevators where people normally retain their silence thinking about what the day has to offer…
Review: Courage

Review: Courage

BY DANICA HANSEN Courage is a visual journey, taking shape in a series of seven short films. Perfect for indecisive film lovers, or anyone who loves variety.
Review: Bastardo

Review: Bastardo

BY JOSH WHITE One might be deterred from watching a film with such an inauspicious title as Bastardo, but the name itself prepares moviegoers for the issues of identity and corruption that are so pertinent to this 2013 Tunisian drama. Directed by Nejib Belkhadhi, Bastardo focuses on the rise and…
Review: Fadhma N'Soumer

Review: Fadhma N'Soumer

BY RASVANTH CHUNYLALL Known as the Algerian Revolution, thousands of lives were lost in the path to Algeria’s eventual divorce from France during the 1954 to 1962 war of independence. An intriguing feature of this war was the fierce participation of women. Fadhma N'Soumer explores one of the more prominent ladies…
Review: Zakaria

Review: Zakaria

BY JOSH WHITE Islamophobia has become an issue of extreme significance over the last few years, and while we all might recognise its treatment in a grand political and/or militaristic sense, we still might not acknowledge its effects in smaller contexts.
Review: Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music has Disappeared

Review: Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music has Disappeared

BY TIGERE P MURINGA A world where music is no longer existing and natural sound has remain the only sound in town was what Bill Drummond wished to establish in his life time, but needless to say his unrealistic dreams were motivated by a deep feeling of nostalgia and paranoia…
Review: Do I Sound Gay?

Review: Do I Sound Gay?

BY TIGERE MURINGA A clear challenge to the patriarchal male standard voice made the film “Do I sound gay” the best documentary film that will spark an interest even to those who remain conservative and resolute against homosexuality.
Review: The Siren of Faso Fani

Review: The Siren of Faso Fani

BY DANICA HANSEN The Siren is Faint but Still Singing… What looms ahead for the ‘cloth of the country?’ Burkinabe director, Michel K. Zongo documents the textile industry of his home town Ouagadougou, A personalized view of the documentary in competition, The Siren of Faso Fani. 
Review: Virunga

Review: Virunga

 BY: NOLWAZI GUMEDE  A gripping, heart-wrenching suspense documentary telling the tale of the Virunga National Park located on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the threats of exploitation and poaching which threaten the welfare of the endangered wild animals of the nation.
Review: Project of the Century

Review: Project of the Century

BY NOLWAZI GUMEDE Carlos M Quintela's Project of the Century tells a tale of shattered dreams and hopes of the Cuban society that ripple from government level right through to the ordinary citizen.
Review: Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere

Review: Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere

BY AMANDA NDABA Diep Hoang Nguyen is a triple threat in her debut feature film; producing, writing and directing a melee of sensual, provocative and strange themes in Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere.
Review: Boychoir

Review: Boychoir

BY LUNGELO KHANYILE ‘How dare you squander your talent?” are the words of Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman), a demanding choir master at the prestigious East Coast boys choir. Stet (Garret Wareing), the film’s protagonist fires back with the cheekily profound words, “Your clock is ticking too, old man”.
Review: Social Justice

Review: Social Justice

BY MANDISA MSEBENI Social Justice is a conscious raising package of short feature films located in a number of settings and tells five stories namely A Single Body, Lost in Transmission, Kelechi, Crossing Lines and Tula Tula linked by common themes of questioning social justice and who it truly serves.
Review: Fadhma N'Soumer

Review: Fadhma N'Soumer

BY ISABELLA AKINSEYE This biopic of Algeria’s national hero is written and directed by Belkacem Hadjadj. It also won him FESPACO’s Silver Stallion honours for the second best film this year. He is one of six winners to have their work showcased at the 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).
Review: The 50 Year Old Argument

Review: The 50 Year Old Argument

BY AMANDA NDABA In a documentary profiling the New York Review of Books; its editors, contributors and rich history Martin Scorsese lends his well trained eye and professionalism while co-directing with David Tedeschi to a great and interesting piece of film.
Review: Between The Devil And The Deep

Review: Between The Devil And The Deep

BY JOSH WHITE Documentary is a medium which involves exposure to shocking truths and raw unforced emotion. Viewers are allowed a free pass into the lives of ordinary people and can experience parts of the world they might not have known existed. Between the Devil and the Deep, a 2015…
Review: Ayanda

Review: Ayanda

BY OLAWALE OLUDAHUNSI Ayanda follows a young lady, the titular character, on a journey of self discovery in a world of guilt, deceit and love. Her father died in his garage. To Ayanda’s dismay, Zuma, her uncle, wants to sell off the garage. With the help of David (OC Ukeje)…
Review: Parable Of A Railway Street

Review: Parable Of A Railway Street

BY OLAWALE OLUWADAHUNSI Kamo Kwele’s Parable of the Railway Street is a minor-slice-of life look at the dashed hopes of two friends who find their dreams of a better education and their aspiration of becoming successful businessmen unattainable.
Review: Above and Below

Review: Above and Below

BY LUNGELO KHANYILE Initially a film school graduation project, Above and Below is an intriguing documentary by Swiss director Nicolas Steiner; a former Fulbright scholar at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Review: Where The Road Runs Out

Review: Where The Road Runs Out

BY OLAWALE OLUWADAHUNSI Rudolf Buitendach’s Where the Road Runs Out is an everyday story about how the legacies of our homeland must be built and upheld.
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