The Bioscope is proud to once again host The Jozi Film Festival

17 – 20 Sep. Tickets R70. Space is limited, so book is essential.

 

PROGRAMME

THURS 17 Sep

6:30pm. Banking on Africa: The Bitcoin Revolution BOOK NOW.

7:30pm. The Remandee BOOK NOW.

 

FRIDAY 18 Sep

6pm. Short Film Selection (Documentary) BOOK NOW.

7:30pm. A New Country BOOK NOW.

 

SATURDAY 19 Sep

12pm. International Short Films (Fiction) BOOK NOW.

2pm. SA Short Films (Fiction) BOOK NOW.

4pm. SA Short Films (Documentary) BOOK NOW.

5:30pm. Higher Love BOOK NOW.

7:30pm. Samos – The Faces Of Our Border BOOK NOW.

 

SUNDAY 20 Sep.

2pm. Okavango BOOK NOW.

 

SYNOPSIS

Banking on Africa: The Bitcoin Revolution BOOK NOW.

Dir. Tamarin Gerriety. Documentary || 47m || South Africa

As the world races to lead the way in blockchain technology, could Africa have an
advantage? This documentary follows the journeys of two African Bitcoin pioneers, Alakanani Itireleng
(Founder of the Satoshi Centre, Botswana) and Lorien Gamaroff (Founder of Usizo, South Africa). Exploring their hopes for this technology and how it could be used to improve the lives of millions of people, experts in finance, economics and technology weigh in with a mix of industry research, opinions and passion for what the future global economy could hold. And, with much of the developed world’s banking system becoming increasingly unstable, this documentary starts a conversation about cryptocurrency and Africa leapfrogging problems to live in a better global financial system.

The Remandee BOOK NOW.

Dir. Alexander Lind, Jakob Jakobson. Documentary || 52m || Denmark

William has been remanded for 2 years in Lusaka Central Prison, awaiting conviction in a case in which he is charged with car theft and murder. After losing touch with his wife and daughter six months ago, he is deeply concerned about his daughter’s wellbeing. Prison counsellor Hastings, pioneering a new programme that enables remandees contact with the outside world, arranges a meeting between William and his wife Mutinta. This eye-opening documentary allows us access into a world we have never seen before, and into the life of a Ugandan remandee.

A New Country BOOK NOW.

Dir. Sifiso Khanyile. Documentary || 1h 0m || South Africa

Twenty five years after its birth as a democratic country, South Africa remains the most unequal society in the world. A country once considered a symbol of global progress and human possibility has become a cynical and divided nation. Protests frequently tear through the city streets and thousands do everything they can to make their disillusionment felt. The rich enjoy the best that country has to offer while the poor remain concentrated in apartheid ghettos. Gender-based violence, crime, and other social ills dominate news headlines every day and the country lives on a knife edge, poised for an inevitable collapse into chaos.

But this is not the first time South Africa has faced the threat of widespread violence, racial tension, economic inequality and social collapse. In the lead up to its proudest moment, the 1994 elections, South Africans were on the brink of civil war when, against the odds, Nelson Mandela’s ANC emerged victorious, making South Africa a political miracle, the birthplace of hope. The world applauded while South Africans celebrated.

Racial resentment, anger, inequality and bitterness made way for reconciliation around the idea of.. A New Country. South Africans today face difficult questions about what kind of society they want and must imagine new ways to get there. Every night the sun sets on a day of reckoning, and each dawn brings with it fresh evidence of a country desperate to heal, to reach for renewal, to start afresh.

 

Higher Love BOOK NOW.

Dir. Hasan Oswald. Documentary || 1h 21m || USA

~WINNER: SLAMDANCE GRAND JURY AWARD~

Blue collar worker Daryl Gant is a Camden, NJ native, a father of eight, and printing press operator. He was raised by a single mother and strives to be a better father than his own, who abandoned him at birth. His girlfriend, Nani, is the love of his life, but struggles to cope with a crippling crack and heroin addiction, and the nefarious lifestyle to support it. More troubling is that Nani is pregnant with their baby. It becomes Daryl’s new-found purpose to forge a better future for the both of them. Once their son is born, he forces her to choose between her life with her drug “family” and one with him and their child.

A damming commentary on the opioid crisis in the States but a moving story on the human condition, and on communities surviving on the fringes of society.

Samos – The Faces Of Our Border BOOK NOW.

Dir. Shams Abou El Enein. Documentary || 1h 28m || Switzerland

At the borders of the Schengen Area, international laws and conventions have forced thousands of migrants into inhuman camps. One of them is the “hotspot” of Samos, on the island of the same name.

Focusing on the people in and around this migrant camp, built for 600 persons but where more than 6000 live now, it also gives an insight on the European politics that have led to this catastrophic situation.
This is not inspired by a true story. These are true stories.

Okavango BOOK NOW.

Dir. Derek Joubert, Beverly Joubert. Documentary || Botswana

This is an insiders’ view of one of the greatest river systems on the planet. It is presented as a love letter, and explores the layers of paradise, limbo and inferno in a natural history echo of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a quest to find the real Okavango, a river of dreams, or beauty of conflict and turmoil.

It has real wildlife drama with a lioness who overcomes the greatest challenge of life, and warthogs who bunk up with hyenas. Elephants gently take us on their journey and hippos clash in the water, that water that is made up of trillions of droplets joining, flowing, raging and winding on down 500 miles or more of open pristine landscape. And what we discover is that this river is a reflection of us: she is humbling and hostile, a jewel and a rough storm, a nightmare for some, a dream for all of us, animal and human alike.