Free screenings at Luthuli Museum during DIFFSharlene Versfeld
From 23 to 27 July, the 33rd Durban International Film Festival will be coming to the Luthuli Museum with a feast of free film screenings.
The exciting line-up includes brand new, world-class South African feature films and documentaries, as well as short films from around the globe. Many of the films will be introduced by the filmmakers and actors, who will be available for questions and answer sessions after the screenings. Visitors to the Luthuli screenings will be able to meet and ask questions during special Q&A sessions.
On Monday the 23rd July (10am) there will be a screening of Zama Zama (directed by Vickus Strijdom) which stars Lindani Nkosi and Presley Chweneyagae, and is about brotherhood and illegal mining in eGoli. The afternoon screening at 2pm is Man on Ground, also set in Johannesburg, which is Akin Omotoso’s new film about xenophobia, starring Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Fana Mokoena.
On Tuesday the 24th July (10am), audiences can expect to hear the sounds of Africa uniting through music in Cry of Love by Faith Isiakpere, which stars Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Leleti Khumalo, Victor Masondo and Luthuli Dlamini. The 2pm afternoon film is Gog’ Helen by Adze Ugah, which has a star studded cast of South African television stars such as Lillian Dube, Jet Novuka, Winnie Modise, Sophie Ndaba, Patrick Shai and more.
Wednesday the 25th July showcases the brilliant documentary African Cypher at 10am – it looks at South African street dance, including isipantsula, krump, sbhujwa and B-boying and the people who do it, and is directed by Bryan Little. The second film on this day, at 2pm, is Inside Story, directed by Rolie Nikiwe, which is the amazing story of a professional soccer play who has to overcome the obstacle of his illness to become a star. This film stars, among others, Kevin Ndege Mamboleo, Sdumo Mtshali, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Fana Mokoena.
On Thursday the 26th July, audiences will be treated to a package of excellent short documentaries on a range of different subjects for the morning show, followed by an exciting package of short films from South Africa and the rest of the world in the afternoon.
On the 27th of July (10am), there will be a screening of Snare (directed by Diony Kempen), which is a dark thriller about rhino poaching in the South African bush, which will be followed in the afternoon at 2pm by more top-class short films.
All screenings at the Luthuli Museum are free of charge. There are even more free DIFF screenings happening daily at Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (KwaMashu), and at the Blue Waters Hotel at the Durban beachfront, where there is also a programme of free workshops for those who are interested in how the film industry works.
Pick up a copy of the DIFF Luthuli Museum flyer for more details and screening schedules. Programme booklets with the full festival screening schedule and synopses of all the films are available at the venue, and other public information outlets. Full festival details can also be found on www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or by calling 031 260 2506 or 031 260 1816.
The Luthuli Museum is located at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KwaDukuza, and can be contacted by calling 032 559 6822
Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) the Durban International Film Festival is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, The French Season in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.
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Durban International Film Festival
Dates: Thursday, 17th July 2014 - Sunday, 27th July 2014