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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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   
  

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   
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Witness The Peculiar World Of Fantasy Coffins In PAA JOE: DEAD NOT BURIED

Why spend eternity in a box when you can spend it in a lion? That's a very fundamental question for Paa Joe, a Ghanaian craftsman of 'fantasy coffins'. And what, praytell, is a fantasy coffin? It's a coffin that's more... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Folk Tales Come To Life In KWAKU ANANSE

If you - like me - first became aware of African trickster spirit Ananse through Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, here's your chance for something a little bit more authentic.Akosua Adoma Owusu's Ghanaian short film Kwaku Ananse comes supported by the... More »
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South Africa Gets Its GREASE On With Box Office Hit PRETVILLE

It's got singing, dancing and bobby sox and a week into its South African theatrical run, the Afrikaans language, 50s set musical Pretville is proving tough to beat. Clearly taking a page from the Grease playbook, Pretville has opened to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Angola Never Looked Sexier Than In THE GREAT KILAPY Trailer!

Effectively blending history and politics with a darkly humorous crime thriller, Angolan director Zeze Gamboa's second feature looks to be suave, sexy and oozing with cool. Set in the mid-1970s, on the eve of Angola's independence from Portugual, O... More »
  

Review: THE AMBASSADOR, More Than a Great Documentary Stunt

(With Drafthouse Films releasing The Ambassador in New York today and in other selected U.S. cities on Friday, we revisit our review from HotDocs.) Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on... More »
  
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