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The Jozi Film Festival returns to The Bioscope 28 – 30 Sep. Tickets R50.
Fri 28 Sep 6pm. SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Make Up and Cigarettes (18:30) Dir: Zwo Farisani, It’s Only True Love (22 mins) Dir: Joshua Magor, Keys of Life (12:45) Dir: Vusi Magubane, Mma Moeketsi (20 mins) Dir: Rea Moeti.
Fri 28 Sep 8pm. WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary. Q&A with director Shameela Seedat to follow screening Dir: Shameela Seedat. 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 crime 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.
Sat 29 Sep 11am. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Kyenvu (Uganda) (20mins) Dir: Kemiyondo Coutinho, Girl Fact (Belgium) (17mins) Dir: Maël G. Lagadec, Heimlich (USA) (13:57) Dir: Lisanne Sartor, The Gurney (UK) (15:54) Dir: Glenn Whelan, Second Class (Sweden) (13:45) Dir: Jimmy Olsson.
Sat 29 Sep 12:30pm. SHORT DOCUMENTARY WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. A Black Man In Zimbabwe (SA) (4:15) Dir: Roger Horn, Give A Man A Mask and He Will Tell You The Truth (Zimbabwe) (11:50) Dir: Eric Gauss, Sanctuary Lost (SA) (10:14) Dir: Lotte Manicom, Dula (SA) (26:50) Dir: Jasyn Howes, Missing Piece (USA) (25mins) Dir: Tim Guthrie.
Sat 29 Sep 2pm FOOD FIGHTER BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary. Africa Premiere. 1hr 26mins. Dir: Dan Goldberg. Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste.Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004. Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.
Sat 29 Sep 4pm SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION WRAP 2 SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Accelerate (11:51) Dir: Dian Weys, Themba (19mins) Dir: Sara Momtazian, Together (4:50) Dir: Michael Rodrigues, Good Mourning (10mins) Dir: Ian Morgan.
Sat 29 Sep 6pm SUPA MODO BUY TICKETS. Feature Film. Johannesburg Premiere Dir: Likarion Wainaina, Kenya. An inspired reimagining of the superhero film, Supa Modo follows the story of 9-year-old Jo, terminally ill and taken home from hospital to die. While her mother wants to wrap her blankets and keep her indoors, her sister Mwix wants to help her experience all she can in the time she has left. If this sounds rather heavy, take heart from Jo, obsessed with Kung Fu movies and superheroes, and dealing with her illness by escaping into the world of her imagination and never stopping reaching for her dream. She teaches us all this lesson by the end of the film, in a beautifully bittersweet way.
Sat 29 Sep 8pm THE OSLO DIARIES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary Dir: Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan. Africa Premier. 1992. Israeli-Palestinian relations are at all time low. In an attempt to stop the bloodshed, a small group of Israelis & Palestinians meet in Oslo – secretly and against the law. The meetings that changed the Middle East forever were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only by the negotiators’ diaries.
Sun 30 Sep 11am SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENT FILMS SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. The Water Dancers Dir: Robyn Palmer (25min), Skin Diver Dir: Katya Abedian (15min), Revolver Dir:Hermann Venter (10min), Umnengo Dir: Siphosethu Ndunge (24min).
Sun 30 Sep 12:30pm IN STITCHES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary 55 mins Dir:Hannah Rafkin, Meg Robbins, USA. Vernacular comedians Noko Moswete, Luphelo Kodwa, and Zicco Sithole are flipping the script. Addressing the long-ignored South African majority, these artists are decolonizing comedy. Audiences are hooked. Vernac shows buzz with unparalleled energy, somewhere between a rock concert and a sermon. Never before have black South African audiences shared such powerful catharsis, led by magnetic comedians who look and sound like them. If laughter is the best medicine, these artists act as guerrilla medics, using humor to tend to the untreated masses.
Sun 30 Sep 2pm UNITED SKATES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary Africa Premiere 1hr 31mins Dir: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown. When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture –– one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talent.The film had its World Premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Audience Award.
Sun 30 Sep 4pm WILD LANDINGS BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary World Premiere Dir: Lloyd Ross. An epic aerial adventure of Namibia, featuring South African aviator/adventurer James Pitman and a string of engaging local co-pilots who guide him in his search for the soul of the continent of his birth. Breathtaking cinematography!
Sun 30 Sep 6pm THE OSLO DIARIES BUY TICKETS.