24 July 2013
Africa World Documentary Film Festival

UWC to host Cape Town stretch of Africa World Documentary Film Festival

The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) English Department will host the Cape Town stretch of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival from 24 July to 1 August 2013.

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival is one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world and is hosted across several cities;this year,these cities will include (in addition to Cape Town) St. Louis, Kingston, Yaounde, Philadelphia and London during each calendar year.

The UWC portion of the festival will include the screening of eleven of the films submitted for the 2013 event. Each screening will be followed by a brief discussion, and UWC’s Centre for Humanities Research will also host two in-depth seminars on the subject of documentary film.

All screenings will take place in the UWC Library Auditorium, with free entry for all registered UWC staff and students-general members of the public will be required to pay R20 per screening.

The E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in Africa/African-American Studies. Centre for International Studies at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis and the Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Lagos, Nigeria. Through the art of documentary filmmaking, the AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide.

Eight days of Africa-related Documentary Films and Workshops

Opening Ceremony

Date : Wednesday 24 July

Time :18.30

Venue :Library Auditorium

FILM 1: Voices 52m Joachim Landau (France)

Description :The new voices of South African cinema speak about the future of their industry. The documentary focuses on the renewal of the sector, the South African style and identity, issues and goals.

Date : Wednesday 24 July

Time :18.30

Venue :Library Auditorium

Event :Discussant- Joachim Landau

Date : Wednesday 24 July

Time : 19.30-20.00

Venue :Library Auditorium

Film-making workshop

Event : Film-making workshop

Date : Thursday 25 July

Time : 09.00-12.00

Venue : Centre of Performing Arts

FILM 2: Wolf Call 12m - Rob Underhill (USA)

Description :‘It is 1956. In the previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago went missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, his mutilated body was found in a river’. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now.  Wolf Call (12 Best Film Awards) is the true story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage, inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America’.

Time : 14.00- 14.15

Date : Thursday 25 July

Venue : Library Auditorium

Discussant: Fiona Moolla

Date : Thursday 25 July

Time : 14.15- 14.25

Venue : Library Auditorium

FILM 3: Dear Mandela 93m – Dara Kell (SA, USA)

Description : When the South African government promises to eradicate slums and evicts shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends from Durban's informal settlements refuse to be moved and decide to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows their journey, from their shacks to the highest court in the land, as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement.  Inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role young people can play in political change.  A fascinating portrait of South Africa’s coming of age.

Date : Thursday 25 July

Time : 14.30-16.00

Venue : Library Auditorium

FILM 4: Shokran, Toni 12m - Nahid Toubia (Sudan)

Description : In September 2011 the African-American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed to a Sudanese woman, in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women.  This was in response to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Morisson (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime which caused the country to divide. 

Date : Friday 26 July

Venue : Library Auditorium

Time : 14.00-14.15

Discussant: Jacolien Volschenk

Date : Friday 26 July

Venue : Library Auditorium

Time : 14.00-14.15

FILM 5: Guerrilla Grannies 80m - Ike Bertels (Belgium, Mozambique, Netherlands)

Description : For ten years, three guerrilla girls fought for freedom in Mozambique against Portuguese rule. Years ago, director Ike Bertels saw a BBC film about the liberation army - FRELIMO. She was touched by Monica, Maria and Amelia who had made the choice to fight. Ike found them, learned Portuguese and filmed throughout the years of 1984 to 1994, right up until the present. She reveals to what extent ideals from the revolution shaped Mozambique, how today the grandmothers struggle with their children and grandchildren and how to mix ideals about education or the role of women in society against the backdrop of a globalized world.

Date : Friday 26 July

Venue : Library Auditorium

Time : 14.40-16.00

FILM 6: Words of Witness 71m - Mai Iskander (USA)

Description : Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.

Date: 27 JulySaturday 

Time : 12.00-13.15

Venue: Library Auditorium

FILM 7: I am Gay and Muslim 59m - Chris Belloni (Netherlands)

Description : This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly acknowledge their sexual orientation, sharing their personal experiences and discussing the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality, whilst exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas with which these gay men struggle.

Date: 27 JulySaturday 

Time : 16.00-17.00 

Venue: Library Auditorium

Film-making workshop

Date : Monday 29 July

Time: 09.00-12.00

Venue : Centre of Performing Arts

FILM 8: Mama Africa 88m - Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)

Description : A documentary about world famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight Racism, Poverty and promote Justice and Peace. It is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and was a delight for international audiences and always remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in a documentary indicting Apartheid. After gaining worldwide attention in the USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafonte, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist, Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music. A performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went. 

Date : Monday 29 July

Time : 16.00-17.30

Venue : Library Auditorium

Film-making workshop

Date : Tuesday 30 July

Time : 09.00-12.00

Venue: Centre of Performing Arts

FILM 9: Standing at the Touchlines 52m - Ashley Morrison (Australia)

Description : 'The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game they should be playing,' wrote activist Steve Biko before his death in 1977. He was referring to life under Apartheid in South Africa, but the statement was also true when it came to football. Football is a key part of African life. Would South Africa hosting the World Cup bond a continent? 'Standing at the Touchlines' travels through Africa during the World Cup in 2010 to find out. 

Date : Tuesday 30 July

Time : 14.00-15.00

Venue : Library Auditorium

FILM 10: On the Edge 44m - Isy India Geronimo (South Africa)

Description : There are nights when those who sleep on the streets of inner city Johannesburg, fear nothing more than having a South African police officer take their blankets. The homeless community in inner city Johannesburg has endured xenophobia and continuous police harassment in a supposedly 'post-racial', progressive South Africa. This documentary explores how the legacy of Apartheid lingers in the midst of a police force renowned for violence and Human Rights abuses. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable sections of the population suffer the brunt of this condition – the homeless and immigrant communities. 

Date : Wednesday 31 July

Time : 16.00-16.45

Venue : Library Auditorium

FILM 11: African Drum, Beyond the Beat 48m - Tariq Richards (SA, USA)

Description : African Drum, Beyond the Beat is a portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses a famous ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum’s social functions range from use in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to one of its more contemporary uses, by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social. The film ends with a postulate that the democratic nature of African music, where instruments in an ensemble are equally important, makes it a paradigm for the modern age compared to Western classical music, where strict hierarchical structures reflect an outdated mechanistic view of the world.

Date : Wednesday 31 July

Time : 17.00-17.50

Venue : LA

Discussant: Tariq Richards

Date : Wednesday 31 July

Time : 17.50-18.10

Venue : Library Auditorium

Closing Event

Date : Thursday 1 August

Time : 18.00

Venue : Library Auditorium