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MZANSI WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Alison The Movie produced by award winning South African filmmaker and writer, Uga Carlini, is set to open the prestigious Mzansi Women’s Film Festival on the 5 August 2016 at 18:30 at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival will run from 5 August 2016 till 7 August 2016 and having Alison The Movie open up the festival …

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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline, visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional …

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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor – THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE GHOST) and Gail (Naomie Harris – SPECTRE, SOUTHPAW), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks …

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ROMAFRICA FILM FESTIVAL

Terry Pheto’s Ayanda to open up the RomAfrica Film Festival today in Rome. Leading Lady, Terry Pheto, is set to have her movie, Ayanda, open up the second edition of the RomAfrica Film Festival (RAFF) which is set to take place at the ‘Casa del Cinema’ in Rome’s Villa Borghese park tonight, 13 July 2016. Terry Pheto arrived in Rome …

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THE PEOPLE VS THE RAINBOW NATION

The People vs The Rainbow Nation, directed by Lebogang Rasethaba. To some people, the defining image of contemporary South Africa has changed. It’s no longer of Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela or Desmond Tutu; it is of students with their hands in the air in protest, surrounded by flames and riot police. Commissioned by Africa’s leading youth brands MTV (DStv …

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DALE NOLAN

A Dream Fulfilled. Musa Gwebani of RapidLion speaks to Dale Nolan. I met director Dale Nolan, at the Velvet TV offices in Parkview. He wore a blue shirt that matched the sky on that summer’s day. We greeted warmly and took a tour of his offices. Dale Nolan is a partner in Velvet TV, a creative production company that produces …

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ORIENTED

Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv. Khader is conflicted by his desire for change …

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SHWABADA

Multi-instrumentalist, music historian and philosopher, Ndikho Xaba has led an extraordinary life dedicated to music and Africa. From his roots playing an organ at home to international stages, some shared with Sun Ra, he has created music described as spiritual, eclectic and ground breaking. His first public performance in 1960 in ‘Mkhumbane’, the musical written by Alan Paton and Todd …

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AFRIDOCS IN JULY

Share in the personal and intimate stories of people from around the world whose identities are often shaped by their surroundings. A diverse range of films reminds us that although issues of identity are not always within one’s control, the ability to share stories and be heard can still make an impact. The films this month include deeply personal stories, …

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STEVE MARKOVITZ: AFRICAN SCREEN NETWORK

The launch of the African Screen Network (ASN), an initiative that could mark the first step toward solving the exhibition issues that plague African filmmakers. Steven Markovitz of Big World Cinema established African Screen Network with a seed grant from the Goethe-Institut. The network aims to provide a coordinated and concerted strategy for building audiences for local content. It will …