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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.