Q&A, Panels and Workshops

  • 6SENSE

    6SENSE is the inspirational story of a visually-impaired music producer, Mxshi Mo, whose gqom music takes the world by surprise and helps overcome the troubles of their disability and upbringing.

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  • Ballaké Sissoko

    The kora is so integral to the culture of West Africa that the top players are akin to royalty. Over the past 50 years, the 21-stringed instrument has transcended its West African origins, becoming a truly global sound, with artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Bjork, and Damon Albarn among its devotees. Kora Tales tells…

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  • Black People Don’t Get Depressed

    As the title of this engaging documentary suggests, depression is often unacknowledged in indigenous Southern African cultures and is instead written off as something that is ‘for white people’. But, as the film makes abundantly clear, the impact of mental health is a fundamentally human experience that transcends all boundaries, racial or otherwise. In Black…

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  • Bye Bye Tiberias

    This intimately made film chronicles the life and family history of the great Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas, most familiar to mainstream Western audiences for her role as Marcia Roy in the TV series Succession. Abbas has French and Israeli citizenship and was born to a family of Muslim Arabs in Nazareth, so her very existence…

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  • Cape-Helena

    Cape-Helena explores the lesser-known history of St Helena Island, a place where our narrator looks for answers on his father’s past, but instead learns of the many other stories concerning colonialism, slavery and war.

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  • Dead Lagoon

    Dead Lagoon documents the deterioration of the Kpeshi lagoon due to dumping, deforestation, and climate change. It is told through the lens of Nicholas Badu Quaye, an environmentally conscious potter whose workshop is near the lagoon.

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  • Death of a Saint

    On Christmas Eve of 1989, a woman was killed by two intruders in her family home in Uganda. Decades later, her daughter Patricia Bbaale Bandak, returns in an attempt to heal the trauma that has followed her throughout her life.

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  • Diary of an Elephant Orphan

    Diary of an Elephant Orphan follows Khanyisa, a baby elephant newly orphaned, on her journey in becoming strong enough to join a herd of her own. This is easier said than done, however, as Khanyisa’s health is unpredictable, leading to her rescuers battling to keep her alive.

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  • Fading Footprints

    Fading Footprints explores the life of the Ju/’hoansi tribe, one of the last remaining Khoi-San tribes, as 60 000 years’ worth of wisdom faces the threat of disappearance through modernisation.

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  • I Did Not Ask for This!

    I Did Not Ask for This! tells the story of Tsakane Motshweni, who experienced sexual violence in a juvenile detention centre. The documentary looks at the culture of violence Tsakane grew up around and the factors that sustain it.

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  • I don’t want to lose sight of her

    Ek wil haar nie verloor nie is a heartfelt documentary which portrays Carol de Swardt’s voluntary death in Switzerland, with the assistance of organisations that are also lobbying for the decriminalisation of assisted suicide in South Africa.

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  • Illusion of Distance

    Illusion of Distance delves into the life of Boeta Allie, an 80-year-old coloured man who grew up in District 6, as he searches for his childhood friend, Isaac, years after the Group Areas Act forced them to separate.

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  • Johatsu

    In Japan, around 80,000 people disappear every year. Most of them are eventually found or return home but thousands of others simply vanish. They are known as jōhatsu, which means ‘the evaporated’. This beautifully photographed film explores the phenomenon, talking to people who have chosen to disappear and those looking for them, as well as…

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  • London Recruits

    London Recruits seamlessly fuses dramatic reenactments with contemporary interviews and a rich pool of archive footage to tell the story of more than 60 young white people who were recruited by the ANC in London in the late 60s and early 70s to help revitalise the ANC Underground in South Africa through covert operations. This…

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  • Love Me True

    Love Me True is a groundbreaking documentary that uses animation to portray a weekend in the dating life of Laurence, a French woman who discovers the perils of dating apps, men, and modern romantic life.

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  • Love, Your Neighbour

    Love, Your Neighbour is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to the South African suburbia, as a filmmaker attempts to connect with his neighbour through their intercom systems during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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  • Masiphumelele

    Masiphumelele explores the history of an informal settlement established in the early 1980s and the present-day work of the youth in the community to document its culture and identity through photography and writing.

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  • Mother City

    Three decades after the end of apartheid, Cape Town remains one of the world’s most unequal and racially segregated cities. Against this backdrop, the Reclaim the City movement emerged a collective of dispossessed people who are challenging the notion that urban centres are only for the rich. The film follows the activists over several years…

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  • My Land is Burned

    My Land is Burned uncovers the lives of Syrian families and their caretakers in a refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon. Conveying their hopes and struggles, the documentary beautifully captures their survival.

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  • My Mercury

    Set on the remote Mercury Island, off the coast of Namibia, My Mercury explores the life of Yves, a conservationist who protects the endangered gannet and penguin colonies on the island from the threat of invasive seals.

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  • No Other Land

    No Other Land is filmmaker Basel Adra’s powerful first-person account of living in the Palestinian village of Masafer Yatta, located in an area of the West Bank occupied by the Israeli army, who have declared it a training ground and are intent on removing the local population and their homes, even though they have been…

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  • Of Bread and Water

    Set within a fishing community on the West Coast, Of Bread and Water explores the life of Witbrood, a fisherman for over 50 years, through his relationships with his wife, daughter, and work.

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  • Our Land, Our Freedom

    A quest for answers results in so much more in the film Our Land, Our Freedom. We follow a Kenyan woman looking for her fathers’ remains, but finds herself swept up by the struggles of her people and their desire to reclaim their ancestral land.

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  • Over My Dead Body

    In a poignant exploration of death, Oor My Dooie Liggaam explores how children perceive and understand death. Set around the funeral of Andries Du Toit, filmmaker Wilhann Strauss interviews several children about the afterlife.

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  • Playing the Changes

    Playing the Changes documents the life of Jazz pianist Darius Brubeck, as he recounts a life of pioneering the musical, political, and cultural landscape in South Africa, leaving behind a legacy of liberation through Jazz.

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  • Raw

    Raw (Rou) is a lamentation on the slow death of a South African rural town, Nthoroane, through an exploration of the myths, disasters, and miracles that surround the town’s history.

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  • Rollaball

    Meet skate soccer teammates: ambitious and volatile Smallee and talented but troubled Dungu. The friendship that has kept them afloat is now at risk as their paths take very different directions.

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  • Samar… Before the Final Picture

    Set between Cairo and Dubai, Samar…Before the Final Picture explores a story of resilience and healing through Samar, a victim of an acid attack who devotes herself to helping another woman who has suffered the same fate.

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  • Temperature Rising

    Set between the COP26 and COP27 climate conferences, Temperature Rising follows the lives of three climate activists as they tackle the climate crisis in Southern Africa, exposing the politics, barriers, and struggles activists face.

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  • The Friendship Bench

    The Friendship Bench is a grassroots mental health initiative in Zimbabwe led by determined psychiatrist Dixon Chibanda. Through raw and powerful interviews, it delves into local struggles and cultural perceptions of mental health, highlighting the organisation’s role in providing non-judgmental support and destigmatising mental health issues in rural communities.

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  • The Return

    In The Return, South African writer Heidi Grunebaum returns to the German city of Hungen, from where her grandmother was forced to flee eight decades earlier to escape the holocaust.

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  • Tomorrow it will be fine

    Lobi Ekosimba gives a snapshot of daily life in DR Congo’s Goma, where people try to thrive despite the civil war raging in the background. The documentary chooses to foreground the regular lives of the Congoleses to show their resilience.

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  • We are on the map

    We are on the map is a narrative documentary in which Santiago Rodriguez Cardenas uses Google Earth to tell the story of his neighbourhood, using images on the map to narrate his community’s aspirations.

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  • Wild Coast Warriors

    Wild Coast Warriors explores the fight against the establishment of oil exploration operations by the Shell corporation in the Wild Coast in an effort to prevent the irreversible destruction of the environment and surrounding communities.

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