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Event Review: Film Noire centers the black experience

by: admin - 29 August 2017

Event Review: Film Noire centers the black experience

South African film has a long and racist history. From Allan Quatermain to the long list of Leon Schuster films, the representation of black people on the silver screen has mostly taken (with the exception of a few movies) three routes; It has either been the complete erasure of black people to representation without nuance...

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He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

by: Geraldine Amoko - 20 January 2017

He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

Evidence Sello Magaga II (23) says he would always find himself asking a friend after church what the sermon was about. And when he realised he wasn’t the only one who struggled to remember, he transcribed live recordings and turned them into books, which he publishes under his company Ready T Publishing. When he published his...

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Sakhumzi Mati on telling township stories and the struggles of black filmmakers

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 1 November 2016

Sakhumzi Mati on telling township stories and the struggles of black filmmakers

Like most boys who grow up in the township, Sakhumzi Mati spent most of his time playing street soccer. But what he really enjoyed was watching television. “I used to ask myself what is it with this box that makes people watching it not want to be disturbed.” It was here that his love for...

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5 must-see African films at the Joburg Film Festival

by: Lebohang Ntoele - 26 October 2016

5 must-see African films at the Joburg Film Festival

The Joburg Film Festival starts this Friday and will be on until November 5. Up to 60 films will be screened at 20 different venues across Jozi and Soweto, so it’s also a great way for you to see the city. Here are 5 films from across the continent that you should definitely check out:...

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This Eastern Cape film crew is telling rural stories and teaching school kids about film

by: Sisanda Ntshinga - 10 October 2016

This Eastern Cape film crew is telling rural stories and teaching school kids about film

Kwanontsomi Enterprise is rooted on the outskirts of King Williams Town, and wants to tell stories from rural Eastern Cape, and inspire their community through film. They work with the community to create these films, and also pass on their knowledge through a school outreach programme. The production company was founded last year by filmmaker...

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Award-winning filmmaker Zandi Tisani on her evolution in the South African film industry

by: Shingai Darangwa - 25 May 2016

Award-winning filmmaker Zandi Tisani on her evolution in the South African film industry

Zandi Tisani has achieved a lot. This year, the Johannesburg-based filmmaker was part of a team that won two awards at the SAFTAs (South African Film & Television Awards) for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Comedy (Those Who Can’t), and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Drama (Umlilo). To mark Africa Day,...

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10 movies of 2015 worth wasting your holiday on

by: Abigail Javier - 15 December 2015

10 movies of 2015 worth wasting your holiday on

  The holidays have arrived – which means you can finally catch up on all the films your friends have been talking about all year. We’ve compiled a list of films we think you should watch.   Dope This is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that follows three African-American geeks who unexpectedly become drug dealers. Why you...

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European Film Festival ticket giveaway

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 7 May 2015

European Film Festival ticket giveaway

For its second edition, the European Film Festival (EUFF) (#EuroFilmFestSA) celebrates women through the theme A Woman’s World, with a selection of films that feature female directors, strong female characters or women-related stories. This year’s EUFF features 12 internationally-acclaimed films, representing the best of European cinema and never before screened to South African audiences. The...

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Young person to watch: Nynno Bel-Air

by: Thapelo Mosiuoa - 9 January 2015

Young person to watch: Nynno Bel-Air

Remember the name Nynno Bel-Air. And when you do, remember that you heard/read it here first. She is set to take the photography world by storm very, very soon. Born in Europe, over the years Nynno has become a global citizen in her own right – having been raised in Australia and across Africa. According to her website...

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Top YouTube tips from @danthedirector

by: Digify ZA - 10 December 2014

Top YouTube tips from @danthedirector

Written by: Keelan Joshua Online video has moved from niche to the mainstream and has become  part of our regular media consumption. In fact, YouTube is now the second largest search engine on the internet – after Google. Given its enormous reach and penetration into our daily lives, it is a great idea to think...

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