Movies

Films Screening at the Festival

Documentary, Environment

In making this film about the rhino poaching crisis, I initially thought it would be all about the rhinos, but it’s actually become about the people around the animal.

Short Film, Horror

We are all afraid of dying. Well most. Some like to believe in life after death. A better place. And some believe in nothing. Blackness. But what if you never die?

Short Film, Human Interest

Homebound is a survival story set in one of the world´s biggest refugee camps. A bus is waiting to forcefully return refugees to their country of origin.

Feature, Horror

Ten years after the disappearance of his step mom, Jaime and his friends head to his family cabin in the woods to celebrate the Christmas break.

Documentary, Environment

Filmed over one fire season, Wildland (previously titled Young Men and Fire) is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew

Documentary, Environment

People are choosing football over poaching. This is a film that not only explains the current severity of poaching in Africa but also follows a unique way of tackling the problem

Mystery, Drama, Action

A former member of South Africa’s infamous death squad must atone for his past when he helps one survivor, search for the bodies of a missing anti-apartheid cell.

Feature, Documentary

“Where Art Gives Life” A Hollywood casting director leaves her lucrative career behind in order to teach filmmaking to youth in an impoverished community in South Africa.

Short Film, Experimental

A young boy named Kamva carries the weight of his family due to the heavy drinking of his mother. (This film was written by students aged 12-14 as part of a screenplay project

Short Film, Experimental

De Deur is a small, decrepit town just South of Johannesburg. The ruins of what could’ve been happy homes are monuments of failure and suffering.

Biography, Observational

The true story of global activist and filmmaker Jo Menell - still making waves at the age of 80. His exceptional ability to be both storyteller and story brings an unusual and brilliant perspective

Short Film, Drama

South Africa, 1990. When the crumbling Apartheid regime affords Marie Abrahams an opportunity to sell the family farm, her daughter Inge fights to keep their ancestral land.

Short Film, Environmental

9 year old Baxu lives a peaceful life with her brother and alcoholic grandmother in rural Namibia. When strange men cause change in the village, Baxu investigates and learns that her brother started poaching rhinos.

Short Film, Environmental

Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment

Short Film, Experimental

On a beautiful Karoo-morning, John, an environmentalist and farmer, along with his wife, Claire, and their young daughter Lily are disrupted by a fleet of hydraulic fracturing trucks

Short Film, Drama

A pastor flees after he had been wrongfully convicted of assaulting a barman with a brick. He finds shelter in a deserted farm worker’s house, but his life becomes entangled with the new owners...

Feature, Documentary

South Africa’s wealth and white privilege has been funded by large scale maiming and killing of people by the gold mining industry. Today gold miner communities across Southern Africa

Feature, Documentary

“Buddha in Africa” follows the intimate story of Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa. Set against China’s expanding influence on the continent

Feature, Romance, Drama, Comedy

Montreal, June 1995. Young delinquent, Miron party instead of going to school. His parents, both university professors, forced him to follow them to the countryside.

Short Film, Documentary

Unmasked is a documentary that candidly explores the experience of this illness in three young South African doctors whose daily lives were turned upside-down with the devastating diagnosis.

Student Film, Comedy

A criminal gets more than he bargained for when he runs into “super cute” 4-year-old.

Student Film, Experimental

A 20-something university virgin that can never experience the pleasures of an orgasm because of her shame in it, is forced to confront the trauma of her shame when she is paid a compliment

Feature, Action, Thriller

Reports of kidnappings emerges from the quite neighborhood of former CIA agent, Arthur Huff. Detective Jordan Long is assigned as an undercover, hoping to find answers to the kidnappings

Feature, Romance, Drama, Comedy

Arthur is in love, has a job interview in the morning, can’t sleep and the left side of your brain won’t shut up!

Feature, Drama, Comedy

In a desperate attempt to escape from the misery of a loveless marriage, Elpida finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur.

Short Film, Experimental

In Beyond Repair, a gay seventeen year-old named Simon is forced to live with his brother Falkner, who runs a cult-like group that tries to force men into living heterosexual lives.

Feature, Documentary

Having successfully fought against corruption amongst South Africa’s most powerful politicians, controversial Public Protector and people’s hero Thuli Madonsela ends her last year in office with a dramatic final battle to safeguard her legacy.

Show Times

Cinema 3 Wed 30 Oct 12:00

Cinema 1 Thurs 31 Oct 12:30

Cinema 4 Fri 01 Nov 15:30

Short Film, Adventure

Three amateur climbers and a filmmaker leave the safety of their everyday lives and travel to a remote corner of Malawi to attempt the biggest climb of their lives, the 1700m west face of Chambe Peak.

Student Film, Experimental

Ben, an emotionally detached office worker with an obsession for house plants, has his eye set on the newest edition in a shipment of exotic flora- a beautiful Juniper Bonsai.

Feature, Drama, Action

1981 - Recce, Henk Viljoen, is wrongfully declared KIA behind enemy lines. Abandoned by his superiors; it’s a race for survival in which his mental and physical abilities are pushed to their limits

Student Film, Experimental

Thami a passionate actor is plagued by the memory of paralyzing his childhood best friend Bishop, which is affecting his work on set. He is forced to face this memory that is crippling

Feature, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Crime

In a near future where justice has been fully liberalized, investigations are conducted by freelance detectives. Blondie Maxwell lives off of small investigations but dreams of getting her hands on Boloch

Feature, Drama, Comedy

Bhai’s Indian Corner Café has been an institution in the Cape Town suburb of Wynberg for more than forty years, and together with his wife, Mary, Magan Patel, Bhai to his friends

Feature, Documentary

Robbed of movement as children, but not their courage, their love, their hope… Tin Soldiers shines a light on the victims of a debilitating disease, the hunt to find a cure

Feature, Drama, Comedy

The main character of the film is an actor Lorik who lives in his fantasy world of played roles. Sometimes he can be Cyrano de Bergerac or King Richard. However, his main role

Short Film, Experimental

The short film “Mapenzi Ya Dhati” marks Muendo directorial debut, the story was inspired by Muendo’s own complicated relationship with his father, the film is meant to be a look at the complex

Feature, Drama, Crime, Action

A highly engaging, fast-paced storyline explores the lives of characters who have been trafficked and their families, as well as those involved in fueling the human trafficking industry.

Student Film, Experimental

A suicidal man, Mongezi, is given a second chance at love and true friendship when a young neighbor, Unathi, arrives in his township community.

Short Film, Drama

After receiving an advance to build a boundary wall, a migrant laborer from Zimbabwe gets caught in xenophobic riots that swept in Alexandra, South Africa. Inspired by true events

Feature, Documentary

An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fighting racism around the planet.

Feature, Documentary

Political comrades and law partners, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo shared a political destiny. Banned in South Africa, Tambo led the liberation struggle in exile from 1960-1990 while Nelson Mandela