38th Durban International Film Festival – Durban will kick off Thursday the next edition of the Durban International Film Festival equipped with 225 features, short films and docs, mostly from South African productions and many from elsewhere of Africa.
The event is the longest-running film fest in South Africa that focuses to show assortment of originality. It will open up on July 13 with the world premiere of “Serpent” and to wrap up on July 23 showing the world premiere of “Asinamali.”
Serpent is a psychological thriller. It is a debut from South African writer-director Amanda Evans. The Asinamali is adopted from playwright Mbongeni Ngema’s iconic anti-apartheid musical. It is directed by Ngema.
The Durban International Film Festival will highlight the John Trengrove’s moving LGBT drama “The Wound” and an animated documentary “Liyana.”
The Wound opened earlier this year at the Berlinale’s Panorama section and Liyana is a good work inspired by orphaned children in Switzerland. It is produced by Thandie Newton and directed by Amanda and Aaron Kopp.
The other highlights include romance work “Below Her Mouth” from Canadian writer-director April Mullen that was earlier premiered in Toronto and shot by an entirely female crew, and a documentary about two women fighting for justice, “Strike a Rock.” The movie is based on the South Africa’s 2012 Marikana mining massacre.
Zhou said the fest will focus on women work to give them a space and to showcase that they deserve.
She further added when women’s work is celebrated on such platform, it is ensured the world will listens.