27 October 2016

Jo’burg Film Festival to rep Africa

The best of African films will be showcased at the inaugural Jo'burg Film Festival which will run from 28th October – 5th November with a powerful line-up that includes 6 world and 26 Africa premieres and it will be held at multiple venues across Johannesburg.

The festival landed in hot water recently when it released the top 10 Best SA Actresses list. The list features the likes of Xolile Tshabalala, Nthati Moshesh, Brenda Ngxoli, Terry Phetho, Dineo Moeketsi, Pearl Thusi, Nomzamo Mbatha.

Social media was inundated with people saying it doesn't represent the best of what SA has to offer and questioned the criteria they used to determine the top 10.
Actress Florence Masebe expressed her frustrations on Twitter:
They responded to her:
Besides the little controversy, the festival is set to do deliver the best of African films such as Zola Maseko's The Whale Caller, Nigerian/South African Akin Omotoso's Vaya and Mbithi Masya of Kenya with his daunting Kati Kati, which won the Fipresci Jury Prize in the Discovery section in Toronto this year.

Festival director Pedro Pimenta said they do not define themselves as an African film festival as African filmmakers have joined a larger conversation in global cinema, "We like the idea of African film content being treated equally [with] other content, not as a charity, sidebar, ghetto approach, but in a healthy and creative confrontation with the rest of the world."

The Joburg Film Festival will showcase at selected cinemas and open screening will take place at Community Centres in Dobsonville, Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Riverlea and Constitution Hill.
Thulile Gama