New York African Film Festival Reflects The Ever Evolving Continent

In its 21st Edition, New York African Film Festival is a month long celebration of the continent's best of the best with staggering 40+ films slated in its lineup. They will be showing in three different cultural venues throughout the... More »
  

South African Action Thriller iNUMBER NUMBER Unleashes On Home Turf

South African action thriller iNumber Number was a closely watched film here at Twitch even before it blew us away at the Toronto Film Festival. And with good reason; the picture has been subsequently picked up for worldwide distribution (by XYZ... More »
  

I Doco Dare You To Enter Roger Ballen's ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS

Renowned photographer Roger Ballen was born in the US, but has lived in South Africa since the 1970's, where he photographs the inhabitants of society's boondocks. A short doco (documentary) about Ballen's work on Asylum Of The Birds, the new monograph... More »
  

MINERS SHOT DOWN: South African Mining Massacre Doc Premieres At One World Film Festival

Renowned South African documentary producer and director, Rehad Desai, has premiered his second feature, Miners Shot Down, at the 2014 One World Film Festival in Prague. The film revisits events surrounding the August 2012 Marikana mine massacre, during which police... More »
  

Die Antwoord and Neill Blomkamp Wrap on CHAPPIE

Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er have recently wrapped on Chappie, Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi comedy. They play themselves as the film's (human) leads, with Sharlto Copley voicing the film's robot namesake. This South African acting triad will be accompanied... More »
  

Teaser For South African Doc THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

A teaser has been released for The Boers At The End Of The World, a South African documentary project that began to gather steam on Indiegogo last November:Over a century ago, 800 Boer families left South Africa and sailed to Argentina,... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2014: It's Awards Time!

This weekend saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and we can make a tally of all the awards. First and foremost among these are the Hivos Tiger Awards, given to directors only for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Sundance 2014 Review: FISHING WITHOUT NETS Expertly Expands the Somali Pirate Story

You'd be excused for a slight case of déjà vu when reading the description of Cutter Hodierne's feature debut Fishing Without Nets. Somali pirates have been a hot topic lately with both Danish film A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass's Tom... More »
  

Review: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Never Stops To Plant Its Feet

Idris Elba is a mighty fine actor, and he gives a very striking impersonation of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. More's the pity, then, that the film, directed by Justin Chadwick, comes across as headlines dramatized from... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Mandela And Movies

Slightly different take this week, as the passing of Madiba has (justifiably) captured the world's attention, while the coincidental release of a film starring Idris Elba is set to make its wide release. We were to chat about other releases,... More »
  

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

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   
  
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