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SHOWING 13 FILMS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

BANG BANG CLUB

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: Steven Silver
  • Country: Canada, South Africa
The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in a film that explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth. |Read More

BEING PAVAROTTI

Elton, a 13-year-old South African opera singer, fell in love with opera after his cousin gave him a tape of famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Elton's performances, from solo stints at open-air festivals to opening for established opera singers, are punctuated by his undeniable talent and passion. Screens with Cinderella of the Cape Flats. |Read More

BLACK BUTTERFLIES

Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government-censor father (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her life's course. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

In this mosaic of contemporary South African life, six people of different racial and cultural backgrounds connect with one another at a Cape Town animal rescue shelter. The impressive cast is led by Nthati Moshesh (The Long Run), Eriq Ebouaney (Lumumba, Femme Fatale) and Nick Boraine (Promised Land, I Dreamed of Africa). |Read More

CINDERELLA OF THE CAPE FLATS

Everyday the women of South Africa's garment industry labor in anonymity to create clothes that make other women look beautiful. At their Annual Spring Pageant, however, the workers get to wear the clothes they make. Set during the days leading up to the pageant, Cinderella of the Cape Flats celebrates the lives of these hard-working women. Screens with Being Pavarotti. |Read More

CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY

In this powerful adaptation of Alan Paton's classic novel, a black South African pastor (James Earl Jones) and a white landowner (Richard Harris) become tragically linked by a senseless murder in Johannesburg. Strong, dignified turns by the two leads propel the drama, while Paul Gilpin's majestic camerawork evokes all the natural beauty of South Africa in the 1940s. |Read More

MAMA AFRICA

Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. |Read More
Documentary, Music

MAN WHO STOLE MY MOTHER'S FACE

Two days before Christmas in 1988, a 59-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Because of police bungling, the crime was never solved. Now the woman's daughter, an Australian documentary filmmaker, returns to Johannesburg to reopen the case. What begins as a quest for justice becomes a powerful exploration into the nature of healing. |Read More

MIX

Freedom in South Africa after 1994 means the freedom for Tumelo and Dominique, two female hip-hop DJs, to express themselves in ways that genuinely baffle their parents. Communication breakdowns between parents and children, young and old, strikingly represent the clash between attaining personal freedom and satisfying family obligations. Screens with Nabantwa Bam. |Read More

NECKTIE YOUTH

The debut feature of twenty-three-year-old South African wunderkind Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Necktie Youth follows Jabz and September, two rowdy, rebellious Johannesburg millennials drifting through a life of sex, drugs, and half-baked philosophizing, until a sudden tragedy unexpectedly shakes them out of their own apathy and forces them to grow up. Necktie Youth is a raw, unique, and surprising portrait of self-obsessed youth facing adulthood in an increasingly divided city. |Read More
Drama

SWENKAS

In this riveting documentary, the Johannesburg South African men who call themselves "Swenkas" compete for cash and prizes in an event that's part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code. While they may work construction during the week, on the weekends the Swenkas get swanky in order to be judged for their suits, their moves, and their cleanliness. In Zulu and English |Read More

WITH ALL MY CHILDREN

"What's important is freeing yourself before someone else frees you," declares feisty mother of two Beatrice Kubheka. She's talking to her sons, upwardly mobile Miles and unemployed Nhlanhla. The brothers' different lives in Soweto represent Mama Kubheka's own opposing values, a conflict that ultimately calls into question the very idea of freedom and whether that idea is only possible through the sacrifice of another. Screens with Mix. |Read More