One of Australia's first festivals to go online in 2020, the Sydney South African Film FestivalWILL SCREEN NATIONWIDE from 16-26 May 2020 with four feature films, four documentaries and one short. It's in the plan that Q&A sessions and interviews with the directors will run in conjunction with the films. Stay updated via Facebook and check out all films on the website.
All ticket proceeds will go to support Education without Borders in programs assisting young South Africans in some of the country's most disadvantaged communities. In the films, are the reflections of South Africa's diverse population, rich traditions, complex political and economic reality and the struggles for democracy and equality. With rich stories to be told in unflinching honesty, be sure to get your $8 single screening tickets or your $60 for 10 films program Festival Pass. The festival pass gives you access to all festival screening, all live Q&A and any associated bonus content which is yet to be advised closer to date.
The Festival opens with Beyond Moving, a Billy Elliot story with an African twist in an uplifting documentary about Siphe November, a gifted ballet dancer discovered as a boy in the townships. This is his journey as he trains with Canada's National Ballet School and ultimately secures a premier position in the world of professional ballet.
Buddha in Africa captures a Malawian teenager's upbringing in a Buddhist orphanage. It's a revealing look at China's influence in Africa today! Teenager Enock Alu is torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. With dreams of becoming a martial artist like his hero Jet Li, he has some tough decisions to make about his future. A tale of two cultures.
Back of the Moon under Oscar-nominated Director Angus Gibson's direction centres on Sophiatown, a black ghetto at the centre of Johannesburg. In the 1950's it had been the first target for removal by the Apartheid government. Join Badman, an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown and gorgeous torch-singer Eve Msomi as they face the bleak reality of black South African life.
The feature-length Johnny Clegg, The White Zulu is an adventure into the life of one of South Africa's most exceptional musicians. Crazy for dance, he has made the world love his vision of a South Africa that allows everyone, black and white, to express themselves. Apartheid wanted the separation, but Clegg brought them back by mixing English and Zulu, African rhythms and rock. He invented a unique style unlike any other.
Last in the lineup of many others, Knuckle City is a slick and gripping boxing flick by award-winning director Jahmil X.T.Qubeka. It shifts between the childhood and adult life of the legendary boxing champ turned gangster Art Nyakama. Living by example, cut to 2019 and the boys have grown to follow in the footsteps of their father. This could end up being a much bigger fight than anyone bargained for.
Go ahead and get a Festival Pass. Apart from all access, the organisers understand how the world works. If you can't make a screening at 7pm or 3pm (AEST), you have up to 3 hours after the screening start time to begin and enjoy your film. Support the disadvantaged in South Africa, the Arts and Film Industry and get your passes, because let's face it, it's going to be cheap as chips with more than one of you in the family, enjoying the film for the one price.