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24 January 2008


Call for Entries to the

Johannesburg 19 June – 29 June 2008
Cape Town 3 July – 13 July 2008

The organisers of ENCOUNTERS, the annual South African International Documentary Festival, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2008 the 10th edition of the festival.

ENCOUNTERS will show a selection of documentary films from around the world, with a particular focus on South African work. The festival will screen South African Premières only.

Filmmakers must guarantee, should their films be selected, that permission from the rights holder are secured for a minimum of six screenings at this Festival. The deadline for submissions is Friday the 14th March 2008.
The entry form can be obtained from the ENCOUNTERS WEBSITE and must be submitted with the DVD PAL screener.

Encounters is the only South African distributor dedicated to distributing documentaries to the South African public. Encounters promotes and sells films to television, through DVDs and in cinemas.

For additional information feel free to contact Nazeer Ahmed at:

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Cape Town-based Don Edkins of Steps International is executive producer on the inspired and far-reaching Why Democracy? project comprising of ten one-hour films and 18 short films. These films focus on issues relevant to contemporary democracy and are broadcast internationally. This week, the Why Democracy? film "Taxi to the Dark Side" was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. This is a fantastic achievement for filmmaker Alex Gibney, Don and the Why Democracy? team of financiers, commissioning editors and broadcasters. The wonderful "Please Vote For Me" about a group of Chinese school children voting for their class monitor made the Oscar shortlist. Last year, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival screened both of these films.

ABOUT THIS FILM (courtesy of the Why Democracy? site):
Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the "war on terror". Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village. So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial? Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram. The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers. The documentary, by award-winning producer Alex Gibney, carefully develops the last weeks of Dilawar’s life and shows how decisions taken at the pinnacle of power in the Bush Administration led directly to Dilawar’s brutal death. The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

To read more about Taxi to the Dark Side, please visit the film's website

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