AfriDocs continues in its tradition of screening some of the top documentaries from across Africa and the globe with a month of award winning films.This weekly documentary strand, flighting on [ED] Channel (DStv channel 190) and GoTV on Thursdays at 7.55 pm Central African Time is your one destination for the most powerful and moving television on your screen. The AfriDocs selectors have curated an incredible month’s worth of films that have taken top honours at festivals including The Tribeca Film Festival, Film Festival Vues d’En Face, France and the Dutch Film Awards.
Weapon of War | Femke and Ilse van Velzen | DRC | 2009 | 59 minutes
In Weapon of War, military perpetrators unveil the hidden motives and strategies of rape as a war crime. An ex-rebel explains how he raped. Like for many, starting a normal life again is a struggle filled with trauma. In an attempt to reconcile with his past, he meets one of his victims. Captain Basima works as a priest in Congo’s army and confronts perpetrators of rape. He urges them to change. Just like he did.
Golden Calf Award Best Short Documentary 2010 Dutch Film Awards.
Blood in the Mobile | Frank Piasecki Poulsen | DRC | 2010 | 52 minutes
The dark side of our cell phones. No company can say for sure that they didn’t buy conflict minerals from the Congo to produce your cell phone.
Cinema for Peace Justice Award Berlin 2011
The Democrats | Camilla Nielsson | Zimbabwe | 2014 | 100 minutes
In politically unstable Zimbabwe, a new constitution is being put together by the ruling party of strongman Robert Mugabe and the divided opposition. Various political, local and personal interests are bogging the process down.
Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2015
The Cessation | Lotte Manicom | South Africa | 2014 | 16 minutes
This short documentary follows three members of the Angolan diaspora in Cape Town and maps the impact of the Angolan Cessation, which was announced by the South African government in 2013 and effectively ends the Angolan diaspora’s refugee status in South Africa from 2015.
Best South African Documentary Short Film, JOZI FILM FESTIVAL 2015
Ladies Turn | Hélène Harder | Senegal | 2012 | 52 minutes
In 2009, in Senegal, where “football is king,” a women’s football street tournament is organized for the first time by the association Ladies’ Turn. Despite the passionate commitment of Seyni, the former captain of the women’s national team, and of the women and men that fight at her side, the game is far from won.
Defying taboos and prejudices, the girls play on the fields for a growing audience. Will they be allowed to go all the way and play the game they love?
Best Documentary Film Festival Vues d’En Face, France 2013
Sarabah | Maria Luisa Gambale, Gloria Bremer, Steven Lawrence | Senegal| 2010 | 59 minutes
Sister Fa is a trailblazing Senegalese singer and activist on the rise. The first successful female rapper in Dakar’s fiercely competitive hip hop scene, Sister Fa fights to stop the practice of female genital cutting.
JURY PRIZE at the Festival du Film Humanitaire in Paris, 2013
Papa Wemba, Eloko Pamba | Jimmy Glasberg | Zaire | 1996 | 52
Papa Wemba’s music – a blend of cultures, sounds and rhythms – transcends borders and nationalities. The singer, who spends half his time in Paris and half in Kinshasa, is also a symbolic figure for the young people of Zaire.
Angelique Kidjo, The Amazon| Pascal Signolet | Benin | 1996 | 52 minutes
A sensual, impressionist portrait of Angélique Kidjo, known as “the African Piaf” on her first return to Benin in thirteen years.
Coming of Age | Judy Kibinge | Kenya | 2007 | 12 minutes
A girl comes of age telling of the quirky optimism that came with independence from colonialism, then the dark days as an adolescent under dictatorship, and now the new promise of multi-party democracy.