The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: www.docfilmsa.com Membership applications can be made through the website here.

29 October 2009

SPEAKER: MR ISMAIL VADI: PUBLIC LECTURE: THE WEEKENDER / THE WITS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT



An invitation to a public lecture by Mr. Ismail Vadi.




WHATS REALLY BEHIND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS???

PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME

A very special screening of "News Dissector" Danny Schechter's brand new "CRASHUMENTARY" will be taking place at:

THE HOUSE OF NSAKO
101 HIGH STREET, BRIXTON, JOHANNESBURG
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
30 OCTOBER
6.30 for 7 PM (SHARP!!!)

A feature length documentary on the financial crisis as a crime story.
1st South Africa Community preview screening

Filmmaker Danny Schechter, producer of SOUTH AFRICA NOW and many films about South Africa will be present all the way from the USA!
FILM IS FREE!!!
DISCUSSION IS FREE!!!

BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!!

ALSO: Stay around for dinner and live music: SKAVENJAZ!NAMANJE, hip hop kasie stylie

PLUNDER is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter, telling The “News Dissector” explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic
catastrophe that followed.

Schechter spent a year and half on this investigation, following up on his book, “Plunder,” that predicted the crisis and an earlier film, “In Debt We Trust,” that explored America’s rising credit burden at the time. This former CNN and Emmy award winning ABC News producer was labeled an “alarmist” and his initial finding was greeted with denial!

Plunder: the Crime of Our Time looks into how the crisis developed, from the mysterious collapse of Bear Stearns, an 85-year-old investment firm that disappeared in a week to the shadowy world of trillion dollar hedge funds. Insiders who work in the industry, and
know it well tell both of these stories. Plunder also shows how hastily arranged government bailouts did not revive the economy and may have lost billions. The film also delves into the complicity of the major media outlets, which failed to sound the alarm or
investigate wrong doers.

In its conclusion, Plunder offers facts and details about events that have affected billions of people and lost trillions of dollars. The film travels to Paris to examine how this crisis has gone global. Ultimately it calls for a full investigation and structural reforms of
financial institutions to insure accountability by the white-collar perpetrators who profited from the misery of their victims. It’s a call to action: if action is not taken real lessons will not be learned or applied and another crisis may be looming as the underlying
problems are still there.

“This is a story that must be told if economic justice is to have any meaning,” says Schechter, “Plunder demands a full investigation into who is responsible for the crisis and an appropriate punishment — a “jail out” — for the wrongdoers at a time when the debate about the crisis and what to do about it is treated so superficially on every
media outlet. This crisis is not about the unintentional mistakes of a greedy few but a crime that affects us all.’

- "I was at Danny Shechter's last preview screening in 2007 where he accurately predicted the stock market crash 2 months before it happened. His films are mind blowing and definitely not something to be missed." - Pascal Schmitz, DFA Co-Secretary

25 October 2009

DFA Library Book List

DFA has several books, directories and journals in its library now. Some of the more interesting ones are:


1. A copy of the European Documentary Network's directory titled: "The EDN Financing Guide". It provides documentary professionals with information needed to navigate in the evolving landscape of documentary production, where new approaches to funding and distribution become increasingly important.


Sections in The EDN Financing Guide includes:


- Distributors: info on leading international documentary distributors and sales agents covering cinema, broadcasting, non-commercial, educational and DVD


- VoD: info on Video on Demand (VoD) platforms selling documentaries


- Funds: information on funds and public support aimed at international documentary development, production and distribution


- International Broadcasters: information on major non-European broadcasters buying and co-producing documentaries including contact info on relevant commissioning editors and buyers.


- European Broadcasters: detailed profiles of +100 European broadcasters acquiring documentaries; this includes contact details on relevant commissioning editors and buyers.


2. Several issues of "DOX"(#77-#81). DOX is an international English language film magazine dedicated entirely to cover all aspects of the documentary genre. With DOX you will get an insight into the work of documentary filmmakers, reports on distribution and production possibilities, reflexions on new formalistic and aesthetic developments, reviews of significant new films and a platform for discussion.


3. "Meeting their Mandates". - A Critical Analysis of South African Media Statutory Bodies, includes the findings of research conducted in 2006/7 into the performance of ICASA, the SABC, the MDDA and the USAASA.


These books can be checked or read at Underdog Productions via Marc Schwinges the current treasurer. See the column on the right for contact details