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Inside Nommer 37 with Nosipho Dumisa

Two days after attending the Johannesburg premiere of Nommer 37, I’m still reeling from what felt like was a roller coaster ride, I mean sitting on the edge of my seat kind of feeling. I have seen many South African films but there are very few that I have considered to be authentic and real, very few. The debate as to how or why South African films do not do well, I would say boils down to authenticity, how well a South African filmmaker knows and understand the society they’re in. I mean the debate is much larger than what I may be simplifying it too, I know, but having seen Nommer 37 and all the societal issues addressed, the reaction from the crowd and the story within itself informs me that writing about what you see and know, one might yield results. Nosipho’s debut film and the company Gambit…

The Last Breath – A Film from a ‘Woke’ Ugandan filmmaker Jordan Braise.

Sometimes I wonder why I keep writing and putting out work, this may occur when I get into an occasional funk, but the beauty of life is that it creates events to remind one why they are on the journey they are on. Such an event was at the Durban Film Festival when myself and Jordan Braise crossed paths. Carrying a very quiet and calm demeanor I was always curios about Jordan. It wasn’t till we all went home that we connected. After a few exchanges I suggested that I write about his Grad film from Uganda Film School. His wisdom far exceeds his age, his love for the continent is tangible and his connection to his inner self is worthy of respect. The Last Breath entails “A dying Ugandan mother gives her young daughter, Nina, a red balloon as a final lesson to deal with grief. Protecting the balloon and…

Cinema Nouveau Exclusive Screening-Strike a Rock!

Out of dust and iron, the women of Marikana rise. The untold realities of Marikana and the aftermath come alive this month as Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau brings this emotional documentary to the big screens to tell the story of heroines – grandmothers Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. These women are in pursuit of justice over the loss of husbands, fathers and brothers of destitute families following the massacre associated with a mining giant, Lonmin Plc.; while learning to live with the painful reality of everyday poverty. The film takes the viewer on a journey through trauma, history, loss, memory, friendship, and the fear of being further forgotten as Thumeka and Primrose survive each day. In an intimate story where the personal becomes political through fighting on-the-ground to the corridors of power, how will these women take on Goliath enemies and make their voices heard? This historic account of events is Directed by…

Mind Games – A Proud Zimbabwean Thriller Epic.

This is excellent African storytelling at its essence. I met Charles Mawungwa the mind behind Mind Games at this years International Durban Film Festival, we were members of Talents Durban, quite a phenomenal and talented Pan-African group. After we went our separate ways, I discovered the page for the feature film Mind Games on Facebook, I liked it and followed its impressive progress over the weeks. Myself and Charles connected and I have been fortunate to see the film, which is mind blowing. Without getting into too much detail and risk some spoilers, the yet to be released Mind Games is about “A man tortured by guilt, he meets a psychopathic killer who forces him to revisit and conquer his personal demons in order to save his only daughter and survive the day”. The ending is ingenious. I am so proud and Inspired that a film so unique has come out…

RedBull Amaphiko ‘Film For Good’ Film Festival 2017.

It had been a while since I had gone to a film festival. Attending the 2nd RedBull Amaphiko Film Festival just brought back all those warm fuzzy feelings. I love film, it is a known fact, the love I have for African film however, continues to reach new heights especially having been Immersed in a full day’s worth of film screening’s. I started my film marathon with Sifiso Khanyile’s ‘Uprize!’ A look at the June 16 uprising and the year of 1976, the impact and significance that time period still hold’s today, the pain and legacy of youth in apartheid South Africa. ‘Nomalanga & The Witch’ followed, what I can take away from the film is that as human beings we are Inherently connected. Mmabatho Montsho has such a childlike beauty, young and eternal. ‘Mixed Spaces’, ‘Black Dots’, ‘Wits Shorts: CrossWorlds’ played. Cinema 2 hosted ‘Back To Natural’ documentary. As…

Love and humour dominates Ster-Kinekor’s local film releases this Spring!

As flowers bloom love seems to be the tone of the season on our big screens. Ster- Kinekor’s local film releases; 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I are romantic comedies that will make you heart skip a beat or leave your stomach in pain from laughter, but one thing guaranteed, an indulgence of Romcom entertainment! “Ster-Kinekor is once again showing its commitment to the local film industry and lending its support to the release of local films. We are excited to be releasing 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I. We look forward to movie lovers filling up the cinemas with both titles being released this spring,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatres. “We are committed to screening and marketing local productions that tell our South African stories in their many different guises, stories that South Africans can relate to. Genres such as romcoms and romantic humour perform…

Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 Announcement.

BOKEH SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT Onwards and upwards! The Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 is prepped and ready to take you on a magic rollercoaster ride into the world of fashion film and glamour like never before! The prestigious festival, now in its fifth successful year, is charged and ready to get pulses racing with a host of new activities and international sponsors, culminating in the two prestigious Oscar-style red-carpet gala events to be held consecutively in both Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time next year. “The Festival has grown each year in size and scope and we can confidently say that our local South African production is now the premier global Fashion Film Festival, attracting a host of new best-of-breed partners and entrants from around the world. We are proud to announce that Pernod Ricard has recently aligned with us…

Win Tickets to the Exclusive National Screening of Detroit.

From Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), comes the dramatic thriller, DETROIT, another vivid and all-too-relevant exploration of America’s recent past. The film focuses on the events that transpired one terrifying evening during the civil unrest that tore apart the city of Detroit, and its traumatic aftermath. The summer of 1967 was a pivotal moment in modern American history when the country was beset by growing political and social unrest: the escalation of the country’s military engagement in the Vietnam War and decades of racial injustice and repression. The epicenters of all this discontent and simmering rage proved to be the nation’s major cities with their systemic discrimination, racial disparities in housing and education, and growing unemployment in African-American communities. Two nights after the Detroit rebellion began, a report of gunshots in the vicinity of a National Guard staging area prompted the Detroit Police Department,…

 5 On 5 with Aaron and Amanda Kopp of Mystical Tale Liyana.

‘It was written in the stars.’ This is how best I can describe meeting the creative minds behind Documentary Hybrid Liyana; Aaron and Amanda Kopp. Right on the eve of the 10th Talents Durban program I attended the opening night ceremony of the 38th Durban International Film Festival and the film of choice was South African female directed film ‘The Serpent’. At the after party where we had a memorable encounter the following days would bring even more amazing experiences including dinners, partying to the amazing Afro Beats sounds of Fela Kuti (watched the documentary, ‘Finding Fela’, amazing) at the trendy jazz bar ‘The Chairman’ and finally having a private screening of the film. I knew I had to extract some of their wisdom, creativity and understanding of their craft in this piece: 5 On 5; Five questions with Creative Minds. I could write more on how heavily Inspired I…

Stars shine on the red carpet at ‘Love by Chance’ movie premier.

Local and visiting celebrities were out in all their finery at last night’s Hyde Park Nu Metro premiere of the delightful comedy ‘Love by Chance’, a South African-US co-production starring local favourite Atandwa Kani, and the gorgeous Altovise Lawrence, winner of ‘Top Actor South Africa’, in the lead roles. Man of the moment Kani, who has just been cast in Marvel’s upcoming superhero film The Black Panther, flew to Johannesburg from New York just in time for the glitzy event. Also on the red carpet at the state-of-the-art cinema complex were the film’s director Samad Davis, an award winning international film producer and director from the US, and three of the film’s American stars, actress and producer Terri J Vaughn, comedian Desi Banks and actress and author Ja’el Roberson. Terri J Vaughn, Ja’el Robeson and Altovise Lawrence were all dressed by renowned local designers  Quiteria & George, couturiers to A-List…

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