Cape Town International Film Market and Festival: CTIFMF Feast of Films Until Oct 19th
CTIFMF: A FEAST OF FILMS
The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is in full swing with movie with movies screening daily at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Nouveau until Friday October 19th.
After a glamorous opening night celebration at the Artscape Theatre on October 9th, hundreds of industry guests and film lovers have descended on the V & A Waterfront to immerse themselves in the array of exciting films on screen.
This year’s festival program is a cinematic feast with some 160 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates, and the jury. The meticulously curated selection will include a significant amount of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show. Particular focus areas are New Voices (first-time feature directors) and That’s So Gay (new LGBTQ releases).
All films will be screened at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront from October 10th –19th and all movie screenings are just R50 per screening!
All these events, along with World Premiere red carpet events are open to the public and tickets can be purchased via links on the various films on the CTIFMF website. These World and South African film premieres are a unique opportunity for guests to meet the filmmakers and engage in Q & A’s after the films.
World Premiere events include the following:
20:00 Captive, David Kabale, South Africa (Feature): After an immigrant woman moves into her aunt’s house, she experiences sexual abuse at the hands of her in law. She must now make a choice of whether to submit or fight.
17:30 District 6: Rising from the Dust, Weeam Williams, South Africa (Documentary) The documentary is a deeply personal story, which examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of intergenerational pain and dispossession of wealth. It also reflects on SA’s current restitution process.
Other film highlights include:
Everything Must Fall: October 15th 20:30 Ster Kinekor Nouveau: An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education, and morphed into the most militant national revolt since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1000 police on to campus. There are dire consequences for the young leaders: Mcebo Dlamini is arrested and charged with serious offences, Shaeera Kalla is shot 13 times with rubber-coated bullets; others, fearing the involvement of the state security agencies, are forced into hiding. At the heart of the film sits an intergenerational conflict connecting us to an important contemporary discourse on the conceptualisation of higher education as a public good. To date, there have been unprecedented numbers involved, three deaths and 800 arrests. By blending dramatic unfolding action with a multi-protagonist narrative, much of the drama lies in the internal struggles the activists have around the weight of leadership. Threaded through the film is a pulse of anticipation, shared across the generational divide, that somehow these youth have reached breaking point and won’t back down until they achieve the kind of social transformation, that previous generations had long given up on.
Rafiki: October 15th, 20:15pm Ster Kinekor Nouveau: Rafiki (lit. ”Friend”) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story “Jambula Tree”, Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Rafiki was banned by the Kenya’s Film and Classification Board (KFCB) “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law”. KFCB warned that anyone found in possession of the film would be in breach of the law in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years in jail. The ban raised international outrage by the supporters of LGBT rights.
Mayfair: October 15th, 19:45pm Nu Metro: This fourth film from acclaimed South African director and DIFF regular Sara Blecher provides a fresh look at the gangster genre from a very different perspective. Set in the Johannesburg suburb of Mayfair, an area that was previously defined as ‘Indian’ by the architects of apartheid but has since become a melting pot of new migrants from across the continent, the film tells the story of the relationship between crime boss Aziz (Rajesh Gopie) and his son Zaid (Ronak Patani). As the film progresses, Blecher peels back the layers of moral hypocrisy that lurk beneath the veneer of Aziz’s respectability. Zaid rejects and abhors everything about his father’s moral choices & until he learns that his dad once had to make the exact same choice that he is now being forced to make.
Deep End: October 15th 17:30pm Ster Kinekor Nouveau: Hot off its World Premiere, this South African film tells the story of Sunitha who aspires for what is not expected of her. She has to dig deep with a new resolve and confidence to overcome familiar cliches and introduce new lifestyle choices in a traditional community and rise above her father’s expectations to become her own woman.
New Moon: Oct 16th 10:00 Ster Kinekor Nouveau: In New Moon, filmmaker & photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann embarks on a journey that takes her to the island of Lamu. Her intentions are to make a documentary about the island’s transformation from an obscure, predominantly Muslim Stone town to a port city. The gigantic port project & coal plant are the external elements that threaten the rhythm of Lamu though the real disruption is revealed as we watch Ms Ndisi Herrmann confront a new spiritual awareness. Her search takes her to a woman called Raya and her young son, Ahmed. It is in their home that her narrative anchors & a more personal entry point begins. Fragments of Lamu life unfold like chapters in a book: a man scaling a fish, children bathing by a dock, a baptism, a visual diary of a woman not entirely sure of where she is headed with only her instincts guiding her. We see Ms Ndisi Herrmann tackle the contradictions of being a modern, liberal woman embracing Islam & grappling with the complexities of her chosen faith.
Sew The Winter to My Skin: Oct 16th 10:15 Ster Kinekor Nouveau: A cinematic ballad of indigenous outlaw John Kepe, Sew the Winter to My Skin explores the true myth of a legendary black rebel folk hero in mid 20th century South Africa, a time that foreshadowed Apartheid, one of the most viciously racist political regimes in human history. In the rural Great Karoo region, the bandit John Kepe terrorises white farmers, stealing their livestock and supplies to give back to his impoverished communities. General Botha, an embittered World War II veteran, becomes obsessed with the capture of the notorious Kepe and leads an epic manhunt for him through the mountains, where he is rumoured to occupy a mysterious cave. Evading capture for over a decade, outwitting Botha and the settlers, John Kepe’s raids become ever more brazen and his escapes from the authorities ever more daring.
Supa Modo: Oct 17th 17:30pm Nu Metro: Story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true.
Kanarie: Oct 17th 20:30pm Ster Kinekor Nouveau: A coming-of-age gay & lesbian musical war drama about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group- known as the “Canaries”- during the height of the Apartheid regime.
Dogman: Oct 17th 17:45pm Nu Metro: Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.
Cut Out Girls: Oct 17th 18:30pm Nu Metro: Cut-Out Girls is the story of how six young women’s lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen. Kevin and Mike are young men trying to get ahead in the competitive world of tennis. When one of them discovers a dangerous key that can unlock their potential, things get out of hand. Their worlds become intertwined and spiral out of control. A small series of seemingly insignificant moments weave together with devastating consequences. In every moment lies a choice. The frightening truth is that we all can turn from ‘us’ to ‘them’. The trick, the prayer, the hope is that we won’t. Cut-Out Girls is inspired by the #MeToo movement and is a film about date rape aimed at creating social change.
Whispering Truth to Power: October 18th, 12:00, Ster Kinekor Nouveau: This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating – in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges – the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President. But how does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the larger moral of continued inequality? WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER documents the tense story of Madonsela’s last year in public office while simultaneously crafting an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, as well as providing insight into several critical issues facing South Africa today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.
Hear My Music: Oct 19th, 12:30pm Nu Metro: Dizu Plaatjies is a performer, scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music. His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa Township to concert stages world-wide is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary. He has a vast international following, both of overseas students at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches, and fans of his recordings and concert work.
Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to nurturing a younger generation of artists and founded the iconic “Amampondo” ensemble.
For more information, tickets and schedules for films that will be screening at this year’s CTIFMF, please visit the website, www.filmfestival.capetown.
The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town
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