IN CINEMA 16 – 18 SEP
The Jozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa’s most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The fith Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds.
The festival will also offer provocative Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and networking events. Wrapping up the festival with an exciting Awards Ceremony.
Friday 16 September
12pm: STUDENT SHORTS 1: Tabula Rasa (29 mins), The Locket (12 mins), Sheila (18 mins) BUY TICKETS
2pm: STUDENT SHORTS 2: She Is Waving From The Train (30 mins), Verochka (22 mins), The Chunk and The Whore (15 mins) BUY TICKETS
3:30pm: STUDENT SHORTS 3: Glow (13 mins), Aitxitxe (15 mins), Nature (12 mins), Fading Heritage (18 mins) BUY TICKETS
5pm: SHORT FILMS 1: Lina and Leo (27 min), The Agency (10 min), Foto (25 min), Umishi (15 min), Scribblings (11mins) BUY TICKETS
6:30pm: SHORT FILMS 2: Exile Incessant (23 mins), To Ike (15 min), The Shadow Boxer (9 min), Democracy in the Driver’s Seat (8 min), Amagugu (11 min) BUY TICKETS
8pm: Timelines (1hr 30min) BUY TICKETS
Saturday 17 September
12pm: SHORT FILMS 3: A Way of Life, USA (24 mins), Dancing With Monsters, Germany (10 mins), Bon Voyage, Switzerland (20 mins), Drop It, USA(10 mins), Soft Landings, SA (7 mins) BUY TICKETS
2pm: The Closer We Get, UK (1hr 27min) BUY TICKETS
4pm: The People Versus The Rainbow Nation, SA (50 min) BUY TICKETS
6pm: Soweto: Time of Wrath, SA (60 min) BUY TICKETS
7:45pm: Wigger Please, USA (54 min) BUY TICKETS
9pm: Dora’s Peace, SA (1hr 25 min) BUY TICKETS
Sunday 18 September
12pm: Somebody That I Used to Know, SA (24 min), Good Business, SA (25 min) BUY TICKETS
2pm: Wigger Please, USA (54 min) BUY TICKETS
3:30pm: Picking Up The Pieces: The Kuli Chana Story, SA (1h 30 min) BUY TICKETS
Timelines. 1hr 30 mins. Documentary. DIR: Tarryn Crossman. Johannesburg premiere
Three girls die before they turn 21. They all become overnight internet sensations. In spirit, they are changing the world but what is happening to the people they left behind? How do you say goodbye, when death goes viral?
The Closer We Get. UK. 1hr 27mins. Documentary. DIR: Karen Guthrie African premiere
Karen’s mother suffers a stroke that brings her daughter back home to Scotland. But she isn’t the only one who returns to care for Ann in the crisis. Her prodigal father, the endearing but unfathomable Ian, moves home again after years of separation. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes the chance to go under the skin of her unbelievable family story before it’s too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father Ian had tried – and failed – to keep from them all, and to find the devastation of the stroke has thrown them an unexpected life-raft. Exquisitely shot, surprisingly funny and unflinching in its honesty and tenderness, this is a unique portrait of family survival. This award-winning film touches on the repercussions of the United Kingdom’s colonial past.
The People Versus The Rainbow Nation. SA. 50 mins. Documentary. DIR: Lebogang Rasethaba (Courtesy of MTV and Viacom International Media Networks)
Is South Africa’s rainbow nation a myth? What does race mean to South Africans in 2016? These are some of the questions explored in a powerful documentary, The People versus the Rainbow Nation, which puts the country’s democracy on trial by focusing on its youth. The film follows the lives of four students from different backgrounds as it investigates the driving factors behind the #FeesMustFall movement. Director Lebogang Rasethaba speaks to these youths about the idea of a “rainbow nation” and other tough topics.
Soweto: Time of Wrath. SA. 60 mins. Documentary. DIR: SIPHAMANDLA BONGWANA, JERRY OBAKENG GAEGANE, STANFORD GIBSON, NDUDUZO SHANDU, ASANDA KUPA & GONTSE MORE Johannesburg premiere
With a vitality and commitment so urgent for our national cinema,Soweto, Time of Wrath shows us our fractured, defiant reflection that once seen, cannot be unseen. Here is a film that demands that we, the sleeping, wake up and attend to the restless: those excluded from the so-called South African Dream. “What am I in South Africa? I have voted!”, shouts an illegal miner as police fire warning shots. Captured by a sextet of young Sowetans, these snapshots present a country whose people are angry, wearied by corruption so endemic they are blind to it. But there are those activists, young and old, that challenge social and administration ills, that urge long-frustrated residents to ‘Love one another’ while waiting for long-promised economic freedom.
Wigger Please. USA 54 mins. Documentary. DIR: Jonathan Ashley. African premiere
A documentary film on the American cultural stereotype of Wiggers -white rap fans who ‘act black’. A group of white artists and activists share their thoughts, emotions and opinions on the subject while illustrating how their lives and consciousness were forever changed by their involvement in hip hop culture. Comedy/drama.
Dora’s Peace. SA. 1hr 25 mins. Action, crime, drama. DIR: Konstandino Kalarytis
Dora, a Hillbrow prostitute shields a gifted young boy from the violent clutches of organized crime. In the process she discovers aspects of her own lost humanity. Starring Khabonina Qubeka, Hlubi Mboya and Danny Keogh, this tense and gripping film holds up a mirror to life on the streets, where everyone’s hustling for more in the City Of Gold.
Picking Up The Pieces: The Kuli Chana Story. SA. Documentary. 1 hr 30 mins
A documentary based on Kuli Chana’s enormous David and Goliath battle against the South African Police Services (SAPS) after he was shot at by police officials using an automatic rifle in a case of mistaken identity in 2013. The rapper, who recently reached a financial settlement the SAPS at the Johannesburg High Court after two years, will also showcase how his life has changed since the wrongful shooting incident.
SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS
Lina and Leo. SA. 27 mins. Comedy, Drama. DIR: Yolande Botha
An off-beat dark comedy drama about a struggling middle-aged journalist who is hot on the trail of a reclusive surrealist artist, hoping to break his next big story. But after waking up in the middle of nowhere, buried up to his shoulders, with his new chicken friend, Lina, tied to his neck, he realises it may not be as easy as he thought. After getting a lift back into the obscure, little town with a strange father and daughter, he encounters one bizarre thing after another. Not only does it seem like the whole town is in on the artist’s secret, it’s as if he’s entered a whole world of surrealism.
The Agency. SA. 10 mins. Drama. DIR: Brent Palmer
‘The Agency” is an enigmatic tale of the relationship between two brothers bound by fierce loyalty and bitter compromise. Our action takes place on a fateful yet seemingly regular morning when our hero comes to visit his institutionalized brother. As their meeting becomes progressively weird and mysterious, with the brother’s behaviour becoming increasingly erratic, our hero needs to take ever more vigilant steps so as not to disturb the volatile space, which is his brother’s dark and dangerous mind. Our story concludes with a twist of bitter-sweet tragedy when our hero is ultimately forced to make a decision of heart-breaking consequence.
Foto. SA. 25 mins. Thriller, Fantasy. DIR: Linsen Loots
Michaela, a driven young photographer, is left spellbound by the striking images on display at an anonymous photography exhibition. In an attempt to find out who took the photos, she befriends the gallery’s curator, Bernard. From him she learns the images were found amongst the possessions of a relative, recently killed in a freak car accident.
Umishu. Japan. 15 mins. Family, Drama, Fantasy. DIR: Ken Yoshioka
‘The bar looked like something different in the City of Tokyo. I felt as if I was called to the scent of the place. I saw only “Umeshu” and the location on its menu… Is this a bar that only serves plum wine from throughout Japan?… No – the drink served to me was too beautiful to be just only that…’ It drew me back to my beginning… to the sea…’
Exile Incessant. 23 mins. Drama, Romance. DIR: James Reynolds
Two South African families live in self imposed exile in London. Muzikhayise Dube and his daughter Nomaliso arrived in the 80′s after her father was killed by the security police. With his dying wish he implored his younger brother to keep his daughter safe. Gerri van Staaden and his son Ryan came over in the 90′s because Gerrie, a member of the Bureau of State Security, was afraid of reprisals for his actions during Apartheid. Ryan and Lizzie fall in love and the film negotiates the couple’s trials at the hand of their elders.
To Ike.15 mins. Drama, Thriller. DIR: Vuyani Bila
This is a story of Slindy who has gone though a lot in her life but instead of dealing with her issues in the normal way, she takes an unexpected turn in life. The film depicts the harsh realities of life in South Africa and dives into the psych of a young girl.
The Shadow Boxer. 9 mins. Drama, Action. DIR: Hermann Venter
In the course of a single boxing match, where he’s required to take a dive, a lost boxer faces his demons.
Democracy in the Driver’s Seat. 8 mins. Drama, Thriller. DIR: Gail Gilbert
On a crowded city street, a woman runs to catch a bus, but misses it. With frustration in her eyes, she climbs aboard the next bus and begs the driver to do his best to catch up to her husband, who is on the bus ahead of them. At first the bus driver is reluctant to even acknowledge her request, but the other passengers urge him to help the woman out. Soon a positive excitement fills the air, and the driver skillfully moves his way through traffic to reach the other bus. A sense of camaraderie builds as more and more people get involved and show their support. It all reaches a climax when they finally pull up behind the bus and the woman hops off to join her husband.
Amagugu.11 mins. Drama. DIR: Nduduzo Shandu
Gugu is a young man dealing with death on the doorstep. His conflict is religion. He’s not sure whether to choose Christianity, ancestral worship or Satanism. The film follows the last few hours of his life.
A Way of Life. USA (24 mins) Drama, Crime. DIR: Viraj Nayar
Carl Reed, a 27 year old single father and recently released ex convict struggles to find work before the week is up in order to pay his overbearing grandmother rent money before she kicks him out of the house. As his crunch for time nears its deadline, he is forced to choose between doing the right thing and doing what put him in jail in the first place.
Dancing With Monsters. Germany (10 mins) Drama. DIR: Isabella Freilinger
A girl escaping her violent reality by imagining to be a superhero. A dancer haunted by memories of her wartime-past. An intriguing drama about the search for beauty despite a violently shattered past and present. Zarah grows up in a world where dancing is forbidden and with distant gunfire as a chronically audible reminder of war. Despite this reality, she wants to protect her family. She becomes a Super-Power-Ninja-Ranger. A dance with her monsters starts, the same monsters which she still tries to escape from as a grown-up woman. Set in a fictive country, the film captures the effects of war in a most vulnerable and unique way.
Bon Voyage. Switzerland (20 mins). Drama. DIR: Marc Wilkins
Jonas and Silvia are enjoying a wonderful sailing holiday in the Mediterranean sea. But while sailing through the night, far away from land, they discover an overloaded refugee boat, close to sinking. They are shocked, but too afraid to help. So they call the coast guards but lose sight of the boat in the darkness of the night. In the early morning they find themselves drifting through an ocean of dead bodies. The refugee boat has sunk. Jonas and Silvia manage to pull a few survivors out of the cold water: Syrians. This rescue marks the beginning of a dramatic conflict between the hopes and dreams of the refugees, and the fears of the holiday sailors.
Drop It. USA (10 mins). Drama, Crime. DIR: Adam Hardy
A rookie cop struggles to live with his mistake to shoot an innocent man, while the brother of the victim tracks down the cop to kill him. Officer John Paxton is a good guy. He graduated the police academy with flying colors, he helps old ladies cross the street with their groceries, and he has never fired a bullet. That is, until today, when Paxton ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time, made a split-second decision, and killed an innocent man.
Soft Landings. SA (7 mins). Family. DIR: Dewet van Rooyen
A seeming chance encounter between an aeroplane-obsessed young boy and an aging retired golfer reveals the depths that family will go to as they journey home.
Somebody That I Used to Know. SA. (24 mins). Documentary Short. DIR: Lisa Brennan
Losing a child is every parent’s nightmare but losing a child when you have no idea whether they are dead or still alive or in pain somewhere, is even more heartbreaking. In this intimate portrayal of one mother’s journey, Somebody that I used to Know examines the disappearance of Sadieka Titus (16) in Hanover Park, Cape Town, three years ago. Through candid interviews with her mother and members of the community, a story emerges that is etched with sadness, frustration and betrayal by the very members of the community that she trusted most. Hers was not a story that made headlines nor had large parties of volunteers searching for her child, but still is as devastating a tale as
these are the voiceless family members of missing people that you seldom hear about, their stories are never shared yet their pain is real and continuous as long as their child is not found.
Good Business. SA (25 mins). Documentary Short. DIR: Rob Schermbrucker
What role can business play in transforming a society? One man’s fight to build an ethical company in an unethical country. The true story of Raymond Ackerman’s commitment to grow Pick n Pay retail chain- birthed during South Africa’s apartheid regime and coming of age in the country’s freedom. This documentary celebrates the power that love, forgiveness and compassion can have in overcoming the injustice, prejudice and hatred of the apartheid era in South Africa; and begin to realise why ‘doing good is good business.’