The 37th Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from June 16 to 26, will host a series of free public screenings.
The Festival includes nearly 200 theatrical screenings and various industry initiatives including the 9th Talents Durban programme (in co-operation with the Berlin Talent Campus) and the 7th Durban FilmMart co-production market (in partnership with the Durban Film Office).
The festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from the National Film and Video Foundation, Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, German Embassy, Goethe Institute, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and a range of other valued partners.
The DIFF will travel to Clermont, Kwangcolosi, Inanda, Umlazi, KwaMashu and the Durban city centre where people will have the opportunity to watch this year’s opening night film The Journeymen as well as the comedy – Wonder Boy for President starring Kagiso Lediga.
The Journeymen is a documentary filmed in 2014, the year in which South Africa celebrated 20 years of democracy and mourned Nelson Mandela’s death. The film chronicles the free-wheeling journey of three South African photographers (Sean Metelerkamp, Sipho Mpongo and Wikus De Wet) across the country as they explore the current state of South Africa with GoPro cameras strapped to their chests, feeling its pulse and asking the question: “Has Mandela’s vision of equality in a rainbow nation been achieved?” The film answers this question with a kaleidoscopic set of responses that is disturbing, beautiful, thought-provoking and, more than anything, movingly surreal. The film “shows the underlying demons of our troubled national soul but also its deep and profound beauty”. Made with technology that is widely accessible, the film is also a vibrant call to arms for new modes of filmmaking and fresh approaches to narrative.
Directed by John Barker, Wonder Boy for President tells a story of Wonder Boy, a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape (played by master comedian Kagiso Lediga) who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters played by Ntosh Madlingozi and Tony Miyambo. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and manufacture his downfall at the right time, for the right price. It is a political satire that delves into political dynamics and the challenges that arise.
Screening times are as follows:
- Saturday, 18 June at 10h00 at Clermont Library;
- Monday, 20 June at 10h00 at Wushwini Arts Centre at Kwangcolosi;
- Tuesday, 21 June at 10h00 at Ohlange Library, Inanda;
- Thursday, 23 June at 10h00 Umlazi W Library W;
- Friday, 24 June at 10h00 at Creative Arts College on Dr Pixley Kasema (formerly West) Street;
- Saturday, 25 June at 10h00 at KwaMashu Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre (KCAP).
Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films will be available free at cinemas and other public information outlets. For general enquiries call (031) 260 2506 or logon to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za.
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Pictured: Comedian Kagiso Lediga is in the movie, Wonder Boy for President.