Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Encounters: What to watch at the 2019 South African Documentary Film Festival

encounters film festivalThe 2019 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival – which runs until 16 June – has a superb line-up for this year’s event.

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The Encounters South African Documentary Festival – SA’s longest-running event of this kind – showcases the most talked-about non-fiction films of the past year.

Encounters secured the rights to showcase 2019’s most acclaimed documentaries, and opened the festival by screening Buddha in Africa by South African director Nicole Schafer. According to Screen Africa:

“Encounters has secured […] movies that put you in places as diverse as the front row of high-fashion’s runways to eavesdropping on an international racist conspiracy with South African ties.”

Encounters will co-present several documentaries – both South African and International – in association with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which will take place in July.

Venues in Cape Town

Labia Theatre (Cape Town)

Those wishing to attend the screenings in Cape Town can head out to the Labia Theatre on 68 Orange Streets in Gardens. Take note that parking in limited, and the bar only accepts cash or SnapScan.

The Labia Theatre schedule is quite extensive. Films on show, times and other details can be found on the Encounters website.

Isivivna (Cape Town)

Head over to the Bertha Movie House in the Isivivana Centre on 8 Mzala Street in Khayelitsha for free screenings. No bookings required.

Tshisimani (Cape Town)

Free screenings are also hosted at the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Eduation in Bertha House on 67-69 Main Road in Mowbray.

The limited lineup at these theatres include:

Isivivna

Saturday 15 June:
Zulu Return
Fall into the Sky
My Culture My Sky

Sunday 16 June
DOCi Shorts
Fanon Yesterday, Today

Tshisimani

Saturday 15 June
Village vs Empire
Beyond the Frontlines

Sunday 16 June
No films scheduled

Cinema Nouveau (Cape Town)

Book online to view the special screening of Public Figure on Sunday 16 June at the Cinema Nouveau at the V&A. It will be shown in a 140-seater theatres and is scheduled for 19:30.

Venues in Johannesburg

Those who want to attend the screenings in Johannesburg can head out to The Bioscope in the CBD, or Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank. Book online to secure a spot.

The Bioscope

Monday 10 June:
Fanon Yesterday, Today
Talking About Trees

Tuesday 11 June
Shorts Programme
Zulu Returne
Fall into the Sky

Wednesday 12 June
Village vs Empire
Tidal
Meeting Gorbachev

Thursday 13 June
Talking About Trees
Fanon Yesterday, Today

Friday 14 June
The Sound of Masks
Tabu
OR Tambo: Jewel in in our Crown

Saturday 15 June
RBG
Billy Monk
Scenes from a Dry City
Johannesburg, California

Sunday 16 June
Someone to Blame
The Silence of Others
A Night at The Garden
The Space

Cinema Nouveau

Monday 10 June:
RBG
Beyond the Frontlines

Tuesday 11 June
Female Pleasure
A Bright Light

Wednesday 12 June
Miles Davis
The State Against Mandela and The Others

Thursday 13 June
Mother, I am Suffocating
Election Day
On Her Shoulders

Friday 14 June
Dying for Gold
Cold Case Hammarskjold

Saturday 15 June
My Friend Fela
Public Figure, special screening R3
Three Identical Strangers
Public Figure, special screening R4

Sunday 16 June
Best of the Fest
Buddha in Africa
Meeting Gorbachev

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