The Bioscope is proud to once again be a venue in the annual Encounters Documentary Film Festival, a true highlight on the South African cinema calendar.
THE BIOSCOPE TOP PICKS
Rebirth: What Was Billy Holiday Doing in Brixton? Fri 8th June. 7pm. R40. BUY TICKETS. When the club House of Nsako in Brixton has to close, freedom fighter turned- cultural-activist owner Sifiso Ntuli decides to put on one last show.
Under African Skies. Sun 17th June. 4pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. Paul Simon’s return to South Africa for a 25-year reunion concert shown through archival materials and telling reminiscences (including interviews with Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Harry Belafonte and Paul McCartney) tell the fascinating story of the album Graceland.
You Laugh But It’s True. Sat 9th June. 4pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. In this funny yet intimate portrait, we meet an anxious Trevor Noah, as he is about to step onto the stage for his first ever one-man show.
Rockstardom Wed 13th 7pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. The unlikely and heart-warming story of Brendon Shields, a singer songwriter from Bethlehem in the Free Sate. the hope and heartbreak of growing up in a small town, “where rockstardom is the only option left”.
iThemba Sun 10th June 4pm + Sun 24th June 3:30pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. The journey of Zimbabwe’s most unlikely Afro-fusion band, Liyana. Consisting of eight physically challenged, irrepressibly funny and talented musicians.
An Epic Tale Tues 19th June. 8pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. South Africa’s top mountain biking pair set out to achieve the holy grail of their sport and become the first local team to win the Cape Epic.
Progress Fri 15th June. 6:30pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. Before 2006 few people had heard of the Progress Rugby Club of Rosedale, outside Uitenhage. That all changed when the rag-tag team of factory workers, students and township youth took on the mighty Maties – and beat them.
Dancing With The Devil Wed 20th June. 7pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. Three men stalk the gloomy backalleys of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums. Unprecedented access to some of Rio’s most wanted men and the specialist police units that hunt them down.
Connected: an Autobiography about Love, Death, and Technology. Fri 22nd June. 8pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. A fast tempo, upbeat, witty film about what it means to be connected in the 21st Century.
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble. Sat 23rd June. 4pm BUY TICKETS. Art provocateur Ben Lewis investigates contemporary art sales in the first decade of the 21st Century. He discovers a world of greed, fraud and questionable art as he trawls through the rarified atmospheres of art galleries and auction houses, and exposes a world of vested interests, market manipulation and cartels.
The Island President. Tues 12th June. 8pm. BUY TICKETS. Facing the very real threat of becoming the leader of a nation of environmental refugees, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, reveals what climate change means for his country.
A Matter of Taste. Fri 15th June. 8pm. BUY TICKETS. A must for foodies fascinated by what goes on behind swing doors in the world of the façade of haute cuisine. A rare glimpse into the world, the personality, reputation and menus of super-foodie Paul Liebrandt.
The Noise of Cairo. Sun 24th June. 12pm. R40 BUY TICKETS . The reawakening of the artistic spirit in a post-Mubarak Egypt. The work pushes the boundaries and sets new standards for the Arab world and the greater global scene. Young, edgy and very good looking.
The African Cypher. Sun 24th June 1:15pm. R40 BUY TICKETS. The film follows township crews from the Cape Flats to Mamelodi and beyond as they perform, laugh, philosophise and rehearse ahead of the Red Bull Beat Battle.