The Long Walk to CHAPPIE: An Indignant Release For MANDELA, And An Indulgent Release For Die Antwoord

Most South Africans don't observe Thanksgiving, but if they did it is no hyperbole to say that almost every citizen would pause and give thanks for Nelson Mandela. I happen to be a South African living in California right now,... More »
  

African Diaspora International Film Festival 2013 Brings An Eclectic Mix of Films to NYC

The 21th edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival screens in New York from November 29 through December 15 at Teachers College at Columbia University, Thalia Cinema and Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, Quad Cinema, and the Black Spectrum... More »
  

FOUR CORNERS: Watch The Gripping Trailers For South Africa's Oscar Submission

Located just outside Cape Town, South Africa's Cape Flats have been plagued with issues of poverty and gang violence for generations. In a nation that currently has the 15th highest murder rate on the planet, the Cape Flats district of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Contest: Win a Prize Pack From Mamoru Hosoda's WOLF CHILDREN!

Here's your chance to win the film that our own Hugo Ozman says "establishes Mamoru Hosoda as a master animator and storyteller in his own right." That's right, we have a Wolf Children prize pack from FUNimation for one lucky... More »
  

Blomkamp's CHAPPIE Underway And Those Die Antwoord Stories Were Very Much True

It was back in May that Twitch reported on stories that South African director Neill Blomkamp had tapped his nation's biggest musical export - Die Antwoord - to star in his upcoming third film Chappie. The news was widely met... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FAST AND FURIOUS Writer To Produce Hollywood Remake Of South Africa's iNUMBER NUMBER

We have been outspoken fans of Donovan Marsh's South African action flick iNumber Number in these parts and are greatly looking forward to the original film's eventual release on US screens - and, yes, US distribution is in place, though... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Young Boys Indoctrinated Into The FATHERLAND In Gripping South African Documentary

Director Tarryn Crossman has tackled the thorniest of possible subjects with new South African documentary Fatherland. In a South Africa working hard to heal the scars left by years of institutional racism Crossman tells the story of extremist Afrikaaners, pockets... More »
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Margaret Mead Film Festival 2013 Offers An Impressive Slate of Artfully Made, Provocative Documentaries From Across the Globe

The 2013 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the American Museum of Natural History's annual international documentary showcase, screens from October 17 through 20. If the films that I was able to preview are any indication, this year's selections... More »
  

Hey, America! Watch South African Crime Noir HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION Now!

Hey, America! Charlie Vundla's South African crime noir How To Steal 2 Million is available online right now at iTunes, Amazon and YouTube and you should watch it. Really. Right now. We were first wowed by the trailer for this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

GRIOT Begins Canada Wide Screening And Concert Tour This October.

Volker Goetze's documentary Griot will begin a cross Canada tour here in Toronto on October 24th at the Royal Cinema. We have the trailer to share with you below. While the film tours the country there will also be single... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF13, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, And THE SQUARE

Already quite a year, and we're only four days into this 11-day fest! Something kind of unique for me, my first "stand up" in front of a boisterous crowd, talking TIFF off the top of my head. Chatted about Cuarón's... More »
  

Fear & Loathing At TIFF 2013, Part 2: In The End, Every Festival Is The Same

CHAPTER 4: CUSTOMS & COSTUMESWe haven't even reached the U.S. Canadian border and the trip has already turned into a Kafkaesque nightmare turned FX series. I desperately need a drink.  My hands are trembling at the wheel and my foot... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: iNUMBER NUMBER Brings Reservoir Dogs To South Africa

Sweating men, decaying industrial wasteland and corruption of all stripes are all front and center in iNumber Number, an esoteric name for a movie that is all other respects is tight as drumskin.  Consider it Reservoir Rats, only replace Tarantino's... More »
  

Stellar Extended Trailer For Toronto Selected South African Heist Film iNUMBER NUMBER

Looking for an under the radar title that could break out from the crowded field at the Toronto International Film Festival? Donovan Marsh's South African heist film iNumber Number looks like it could be the one. Gritty and stylish action... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Stylish Action From South Africa In iNUMBER NUMBER Trailer

Director Donovan Marsh has hit these pages before thanks to his coming of age comedy Spud - which features John Cleese in a supporting role - but he's mining entirely different ground with his Toronto selected action film iNumber Number.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Happy Birthday Madiba! The Beautiful Teaser For MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Nelson Mandela - affectionately known by his clan name, Madiba - turns 95 today. The anti-apartheid revolutionary, and first democratically elected South African president, remains gravely ill in a Johannesburg hospital, and all of South Africa is in slow mourning... More »
  

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, returns to New York from June 13 through 23 with 20 films, 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films, with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the... More »
  

Review: CALL ME KUCHU Sheds Light on Gays' Plight in Uganda

There hasn't been a lot of good P.R. for civil rights in Uganda in the last few years, what with its parliament's proposed legislation that would make homosexual activity punishable by death. Call Me Kuchu, a powerful documentary by first-time... More »
  

Review: The Paul Walker Vehicle VEHICLE 19 Is Fast And Thoughtful

Michael Woods (Paul Walker) is eager to reconnect with his ex-wife. So eager in fact that he travels to South Africa where she works at the US embassy. As soon as he arrives he hires a car, is given the... More »
  

More Letters! More Death! Iglesia, Sono, Natali And More Anchor THE ABCs OF DEATH 2!

Are you ready for a second lesson in mortality? Because word is out today that horror anthology The ABCs Of Death is getting a sequel and the initial lineup includes some big names from all around the world with a... More »
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