Films From South Africa

An MTV mix of debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages. Bunny Chow: A type of South African cuisine where the inside of a loaf of bread is scooped out and replaced with a curry of your choice… like the melting pot that is Johannesburg. The new South Africa, a social mélange of customs, ethnicities and interests; a place where the youth culture is undergoing a renais... Read more
A study of the fishing community living at Kalk Bay, near Cape Town. The ancestors of these simple, kindly people came from Manila, from Java, from the East and from the West, but they live united in their love of the sea which they harvest for their livelihood. ... Read more
A jolting reminder of the ongoing problems caused by South Africa's apartheid past, [Forgiveness] follows a white man's quest for reconciliation, and the attempts of his victim's family to deal with their loss. ... Former policeman Tertius Coetzee feels guilty about the violent crimes he committed in the past. Granted amnesty by the Truth Commission but torn apart within, he travels to the fishing... Read more
A light-hearted report of the Wallaby Rugby team from Australia playing an international series in South Africa and seeing the country in terms of their individual interests. ... Read more
“It's a band that changed South African music, and that's as big a legacy as you can get.” ... Putting together an Afrikaans punk band started out as a kind of joke for the members of Fuck Off Police Car (Fokofpolisiekar in Afrikaans), but they unwittingly became the voice of a generation of disaffected left-wing white South Africans, left without identity after the shame of apartheid. ... Followi... Read more
A bold allegory on The Last Supper, Zimbabwean-born multimedia artist Kudzanai Chiurai's Iyeza is an absorbing, powerful piece of cinematic painting exploring the violence at the heart of what Chiurai calls "the African condition". ... D/P/S Kudzanai Chiurai WS Goodman Gallery L Xhosa w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012 ... Read more
When an AIDS orphan moves from his Zulu village to Durban, he discovers abond of connection with the most unlikely of people. Screened at Edinburgh, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand.---D/S/P Avie Luthra P Junaid Ahmed, Bex Hopkins WS Bex Hopkins L Zuluw/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/20mins ... Read more
Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who spends his days grafting and stealing from unsuspecting Whites and brawling with rivals in Black bars, with a little police informing on the side. All around him, Soweto residents are mobilising a rent strike. Inevitably, he's ... Read more
Theatre and stage director/writer Thomas Mogonane has gathered a cast of experienced black television and stage actors for Mapantsula and probably the films greatest strength lies in its ability to depict the whole range of black lives in a manner we've never been privy to before; ... 'Panic' is a black African petty thief living in Soweto, the black township outside Johannesburg, yet indifferent ... Read more
Piet has lost his clothes and hat in a robbery. One day he sees a black cyclist wearing his hat, and, chasing him, runs him down with his garbage truck. Meanwhile James, an urban black without passport, and therefore illegally in the city, has found employment with Sarah, Piet's wife, misleading her about his papers. To Piet's surprise, James is now wearing the stolen hat, and so possibly has witn... Read more
Sand animation about a woman reflecting on the mother she has recently lost. ... Read more
A factual record of the remnants of a primitive bushman tribe in the arid Kalahari Desert. The film shows their mode of living, customs, usages, and shooting of game. ... Read more
A delightful moral tale about the meaning of trust and friendship, Sankambe introduces us to the dynamic duo of the rabbit Sankambe and Muzhou the Jackal. ... --- ... D George Christacopoulous S Dowelani Nenzhelele P Dumisani Gumbi & Isabelle Rorke WS Anamazing TD video/col/2006/5mins ... Read more
A candid camera's coverage of the Cape Town Parade on a typical Saturday, from early morning until midnight. ... Read more
Against the vista of modern South Africa this film tells of the four main races &ndash: their origin work, education, religion, welfare and recreation. ... Read more
An emotionally remote taxi driver confronts his feelings for a sex worker who has big news for him. ... Read more
By imaginative use of photographs, the film shows many facets of the peoples of South Africa. In youth, adolescence and age, they are shown to us at leisure and work; in joy, sorrow and excitement. ... Read more
This is the story of tribal witchcraft, ritual, murder,and the frenzied efforts of a bereaved father to avenge the killing of his daughter. This becomes his obsession, and his determination finally causes him to be arrested for attempted murder and he is sentences to prison. While in prison he hears that the murderer of his child and the witchdoctor have both been convicted. The film's aim is to i... Read more
Made for television, "The Outcast" is another variant of the (white) South African genre of passionate family conflict and ... test of masculine prowess played against a background of natural beauty. ... This story of three brothers, all of whom "live by the axe", is set deep in the Knysna rain forest. ... The eldest toils as a timber ... feller, brooding over his loveless marriage. The youngest b... Read more
An elderly man owns an isolated general store in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman the storekeeper finally takes the law into his own hands with tragic consequences. A reflection on the current 'everyman' struggle for economic survival in the face of violent crime in the new South Africa. ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director