Exclusive World Premieres at Joburg Film Festival 2016.

The inaugural Joburg Film Festival, kicking off on Friday 28 October and running through Saturday 5 November 2016 at multiple venues across the city will be hosting a number of World and African film premieres, starting with Opening Night and the World Premiere of Mandela’s Gun.

This highly anticipated film by John Irvin is a unique hybrid – part documentary – part thriller, that tells the story of the Makarov pistol Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie gave Nelson Mandela. This multi-million-rand production sees SAFTA winning South African actor Tumisho Masha playing Nelson Mandela – the first time a South African actor is playing Mandela in a major motion picture.

Actual footage and interviews intercut with re-enactments –telling one of the few untold stories of the Mandela era. The World Premiere of Mandela’s Gun will be attended by Director John Irvin, living legend-Abdullah Ibrahim who composed the film score, and one of the film’s investors, Tokyo Sexwale.

The Joburg Film Festival will also see the World Premiere of The Whale Caller by Zola Maseko, the film adaptation of Zakes Mda’s beautiful and mystical novel of the same name. In a unique and memorable event, the screening will also be attended by director Zola Maseko and Zakes Mda.

Other World Premieres include Chemo Club by Thandi Brewer, Hatchet Hour by Judy Naidoo, and Push and Shove.

The African premiere of Vaya will be attended by director Akin Omotoso and follows hot on the heels of it’s World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and tells the story of Johannesburg’s homeless population.

Another major highlight of the Joburg Film Festival will be the World Premiere of the acclaimed South African film maker, Rehad Desai’s documentary, The Giant is Falling. The Giant is Falling takes us through the big political events of recent years that signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises.

Closing night of the festival presents a rare treat for film lovers, with the African premiere of the highly acclaimed American historical drama, Birth of A Nation, by Nate Parker.

From free community events and public screening venues across the Joburg metropolis to traditional cinema screenings at cinemas in Rosebank, Maponya Mall, NewTown Junction and Killarney Centre, The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL will offer film fans, aspiring filmmakers and particularly the youth the opportunity to celebrate film and filmmakers.

The full festival screening schedule and a list of premiere events can be found on the JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL website,