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3 August 2015
AWDFF 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

AFRICA WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2015

UWC SHORT FILM PROGRAMME 3-7 August 2015

Monday 3 August, lecture theatre DL2; 13.10-14.10

Click to view the trailer Maestra (33 mins, Cuba):

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year; 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old; over half were women. The documentary explores this story through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island – and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.

Tuesday 4 August, Centre for Humanities Research; 14.10-15.30

The performance of racism and race: Three short films and a discussion:

Click to view the trailerWolf Call (15 mins, USA):

Click to view the trailer Money 1955: The Emmett Till Murder Trial (15 mins, USA):

Click to view the trailerWish You Were Here (15 mins, RSA):

Through these three films we explore the performance of racism and race. We might argue that race is not real, but is ‘performed’ or that it is a ‘social construction’, but we seldom think of racism as a performance or social construction. Since these are all literally theatrical/cinematic performances, the films enable us to interrogate racism and assumptions about race in new or different ways. Jade Gibson, co-producer of Wish You Were Here, will attend the screenings and answer questions.

Screening and discussion at the Centre for Humanities Research seminar room.

Wednesday 5 August, Room D238; top floor, English Dept; 13.10-14.10

Three short films about the mass media, the black body and fashion

A Day in the Sun (13 mins, RSA): A poetic look at the stories behind the headlines of The Daily Sun, SA’s most widely read tabloid newspaper

Click to view the trailerNoise Runs (18 mins, Haiti/USA):

In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, protests erupt in the streets, and armed UN soldiers stalk the angry crowds. Driven by their passion for a new Haiti, young Haitians offer hope through a radical newspaper.

See Me Now (13 mins, UK):  A film about fashion and blackness; the film maker called upon models and designers of colour to showcase the beauty of dark skin. Contains some nudity.

Thursday 6 August, lecture theatre DL2; 13.10-14.10

The Vow (40 mins Kenya/USA): When Riqie Wainaina won a green-card lottery in his home country Kenya, he thought it was a ticket to the American dream, but life in the US was more complicated. After a life of gangs and drug dealers, he fights to leave behind crime, poverty, and loss and become a leader in his adopted hometown in Massachusetts. But the past proves difficult to shake off.

Friday 7 August, lecture theatre C5; 13.10-14.10

Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching (37 mins Zambia/Swaziland/USA): Documents what happens when measures to protect wildlife are in direct conflict with indigenous peoples' land rights, human rights and survival.

Loafers (15 mins, Guinea): In the midst of the spreading Ebola virus, a Guinean sends his message to the world about the real issues in Guinea. Do western countries actually help African countries? How has western intrusion influenced their natural development? What is the solution?

Please note that AWDFF screenings can also be viewed at Cinemuse on Monday, August 3rd and Thursday, August 6th. (http://www.cinemuse.co.za/)