The Zanzibar International Film Festival is set to recognise women doccie makers

ziff-anniversaryThe Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a new special jury award category open specifically to women documentary filmmakers from Africa.

The Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker will be offered for the first time at the 20th edition of ZIFF, taking place from July 8 – 16. Continue reading

History Channel to screen 9/11 documentary

The History Channel (DStv channel 186) will be screening the documentary, 9/11 15th Anniversary Special – 102 Minutes That Changed America at 8.30 pm on Sunday, September 4.

This Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary, chronicles the terror of 9/11 in real-time.

It is a minute by minute account of the catastrophe unfolding, using footage from numerous sources, including personal camcorder footage, police and fire department recordings, and in-the-moment commentary from first responders and witnesses.

There are also interviews and perspectives from those featured in the film, or people who can speak of the events that followed the attack.

Don’t miss Clive Read doccie in Durban

market film

The Clive Read documentary, We Came in Spring Carts, will be screened at the Early Morning Market in Durban at 2 pm on Tuesday, July 2. Entry is free.

The documentary tells the story of the conflict in 2009 between traders of Durban’s Early Morning Market and the Durban City Council over the proposed development of a mall on the site of the Market – in the presence of the traders.

Black Coffee productions are kindly sponsoring the screen, audio and projector.

Photo: Beverley Sigamoney

Durban International Film Festival announces award winners for 2016


Christia Visser (above right) was named best actress at the Durban International Film Festival for her role as Tess in Tess directed by Meg Rickards. The film was also named best SA feature film and won an award for best editing for Linda Man.

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 37th edition at the Playhouse on June 25, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Space in Between. Continue reading

World premiere of Nobody’s Died Laughing – A Journey with Pieter-Dirk Uys at Durban International Film Festival

Pieter-Dirk Uys photo by Robert A. Hamblin

Pieter-Dirk Uys. Photo: Robert A Hamblin

Nobody’s Died Laughing, a theatrical-action-documentary that celebrates the life and work of performing artist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys, will have its world premiere at the 37th Durban International Film Festival on Sunday, June 19 at 6pm at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Continue reading

Fascinating documentary at FilmClub in ‘Maritzburg

divorceOver the past decade documentary film has emerged as a popular genre, with non-fiction films often making it onto a general public circuit that is usually only the province of fictional cinema.

FilmClub will be screening Divorce, Iranian Style, directed by the remarkable if insufficiently recognised British documentarian, Kim Longinotto, will be shown at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 12.  Continue reading

Don’t miss the screening of Unearthed tonight

Unearthed, a groundbreaking, award-winning, independent South African documentary, will be screened at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on Wednesday, February 17 at Tanglewood Country House.

In the film a  young South African, Jolynn Minnaar, swallows her optimism on fracking in her Karoo hometown after a mysterious phone call from the United States leads her to uncover the hidden truths of the gas industry.

Unearthed challenges the assertion that hydraulic fracturing is a safe, time-tested technology and questions whether shale gas is the solution for our energy-hungry world.

Entry is a R20 donation to Frack Free SA. There is a soup supper for R60 – book on 083 645 5619.

Did you miss all the familiar faces on Carte Blanche on Sunday?  You can watch their programme on KZN fracking here: