LINE-UP:
20 Feb – Saturday: shnit shorts (Africa)

‘…to be she…’ (performance by artist Sue Pam-Grant)

21 Feb – Sunday: Run (Cote d’Ivoire)

22 Feb – Monday: Crumbs (Ethiopia)

23 Feb – Tuesday: While You Weren’t Looking (South African)

24 Feb – Wednesday: Dreams of Sharazhad (Egyptian)

25 Feb – Thursday: Videobrasil Night One (Brazil)

26 Feb – Friday: Videobrasil Night Two (Brazil)

27 Feb – Saturday: Necktie Youth (South African)

SYNOPSES OF THAT FILM FOCUS FILMS:

Crumbs is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film and surreal love-story set in Ethiopia and directed by Miguel Llansó. Candy’s journey begins as the journey of a hero and ends up being the voyage of an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. The film was featured in the film programme of African Features Festival, held by the Goethe Institut in South Africa.

Run is a 2014 French-Ivorian drama film directed by Philippe Lacôte. It was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of Run, who escapes after killing the Prime Minister of his country. In order to escape, he has to act as a crazy man, wandering through the city.

While You Weren’t Looking is produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers. Twenty years into the New South Africa, the film follows two narratives: the shaky marriage of mixed-race couple Dez and Terri, and their daughter Asanda’s discovery of her own queerness. The film masterfully looks at privilege within the queer community and it’s effect on identity, freedom and expression.

Dream of Shahrazad is a feature-length documentary, directed by Francois Verster, which locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution-and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon-within a broader historical and cultural framework: that of storytelling and music. Drawing inspiration from the Arabian Nights parable, the princess Shahrazad-saviour of lives through creativity, is used as a metaphor to highlight that traditional political analysis is not enough to explain social change. The film won an award for the Best South African Documentary at Durban International Film Festival.

Shot in black and white, Shongwe-La Mer’s film, Necktie Youth is a tale of disaffected youth, bad drugs, bravado and suicide, set amongst the leafy suburbs of middle class Johannesburg. The film is a crude portrayal and an intentionally political film about the hangover that came after democracy and the lost generation that must bear the burden of change. The film premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival and the Tribeca and Sydney International Film Festivals to a sold out audience.

In …to be she… visionary artist Sue Pam-Grant presents an interdisciplinary film, drawing and live-performance piece. The work redefines the self-portrait via subjecting the audience to the artist’s gaze, gazing back at the world fathoming her masks. This complex iconography of self is at once intimate, distant and utterly poignant.

Videobrasil PROGRAMME 1: A Intimidade É O Fato (‘Intimacy Is The Fact’)

Les Feuilles d’un temps, 2010, 4’36”

Bakary Diallo, Mali (1979 – 2014), 17th Festival

Crazy of You, 1997, 27’04

Akram Zaatari, Lebanon (1966), 12th Festival

The Apocalyptic Man, 2002, 22’40”

Sebástian Diaz Morales, Argentina (1975), 14th Festival

A Pessoa é para o que nasce, 1998, 6’25’’

Roberto Berliner, Brazil (1957), 12th Festival

Sergio e Simone, 2010, 09’14”

Virgínia de Medeiros, Brazil (1973), 18th Festival

Videobrasil PROGRAMME 2: A Exceção É A Regra (‘The Exception Is The Rule’)

Bosphorus: A Trilogy, 2012, 2’36”

Bita Razavi, Iran (1983), 18th Festival

H2, 2010, 26’54”

Nurit Sharrett, Israel (1963), 17th Festival

Brisas, 2008, 12’49’’

Enrique Ramírez, Chile (1979), 18th Festival

O Espírito da TV, 1990, 17’33’’

Vincent Carelli, France (1953), 9th Festival

Cows, 2002, 4’17”

Gabriela Golder, Argentina (1971), 14th Festival

 
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