At this year’s virtual edition, more than nine films and documentaries will be screened. Africa Rising International Film Festival is known for screening both African and international films and documentaries under a resonating theme. This year’s theme Film for Change: GBV and Equality, see the festival highlighting Gender-Based Violence, Black Lives Matter, and Unjust systems that still govern today. The main objective is to drive conversation, raise awareness of Gender-Based violence and equality through the power of cinema and storytelling to push for real change and accountability.
Here are other films and documentaries
- Oscars 2021 best international feature film nominee, This Is Not a Burial, Its a Resurrection.
- Newly announced Greek Freak director, Akin Omotoso’s film, The Ghost and The House of Truth.
- Thomas Gumede’s coming-of-age film, starring Isono actress Natasha Thahane, Kedibone.
- Farewell Armor by Ekwa Msangi. 100% on Rottentomatoes film.
- LGBTQ films: Lesbians Free Everybody by former Co-Chair of GLOW (Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand) Doctor Bev Palesa Ditsie, Tasha Smith (Empire)’s The One You Never Forget, and 12th Feathers Awards winner Thishiwe Ziqubu’s Sina Nomakotshana.
- Mother to Mother starring legendary television, film, and theatre actress Thembi Mtshali. Adapted from the novel by author Sindiwe Magona. Mother to Mother is in its essence the lament of one mother to another; the mother of a killer, who reaches out to the mother whose young daughter her son has murdered. On the 25 th August 1993, Amy Biehl, the visiting American Fulbright Scholar was brutally attacked, stoned, and repeatedly stabbed to death in Gugulethu while dropping off fellow students from UWC at their homes. The incident occurred just eight months short of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela being elected president in South Africa’s first democratic election, and three days before Amy was due to return home to America. Coming in a tumultuous time of political change in the country, the incident had the potential to derail the country’s path to political transition with a bloody revolution. “MOTHER TO MOTHER”, the remarkable novel by author Sindiwe Magona, is the fictional work of the day of that killing
- Award-winning independent filmmaker Kurt Orderson’s Not In My Neighbourhood.
- 14 awards winning documentary, Where were You?, a film which challenges us to reflect on this transversal and universal reality that is violence against women. Everyday violence, subtle or brutal, all terrible and intolerable. Experiences told in different languages and from different countries. A film that harmonizes the authenticity of real life testimonies with the evocative and visual power of animation.
- The Letter Reader, inspired by Thabo Mbeki’s biography, The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser.
Africa Rising International Film Festival in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Gauteng Film Commission, House of Mandela, Bron Studios, Arena Africa and Sterkinekor is produced by the youth and leading women in the industry. It is co-chaired by Actress and Producer Lala Tuku and film producer Kweku Mandela with Actor Spaces founder Ayanda Sithebe who serves as the Festival Director.