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21 October 2010

8th Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival in Cape Town

A celebration of the resilient human spirit comes to town...

Thanks to the generous support of the Cape Film Commission, the 8th Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival runs at the V&A Waterfront Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town from the 26th – 31st October 2010. The festival continues to feature human rights stories and voices from the often forgotten margins of society – from Africa, Asia and Latin America - showcasing beautifully crafted films which celebrate the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity and hosting forums for debate between mass audiences, civil society, the media and the state.

In spite of the hostile global economic climate, the festival continues to commit itself to building a platform for the fearless film artists who insist on telling the stories which challenge injustice, oppression and exploitation. Cutbacks in funding and the recession has meant that it has never been harder to make films, but it seems the stories which document the spirit of social change continue to flower and have become more courageous, more provocative, more irreverent , ensuring that ultimately the truth triumphs ...

Like the films and the film artists we showcase, the resilience of the Tri Continental team has carried the festival into its eighth edition in Johannesburg, Tshwane as well as Durban and through the intervention of the Cape Film Commission we were able to make a Cape Town leg of the festival a reality this year. Cape Town almost missed out on this year’s festival and was only confirmed at very late stage. For this reason we are especially thankful to the Cape Film Commission’s support in bringing the Festival down to Cape Town. This year’s Cape Town Community Inreach component intensifies its efforts to bring in local communities, who are traditionally ignored by mainstream media, to appreciate stories which affect their lives directly.

A series of screenings this year will be dedicated to the fundamental democratic right of Freedom of Expression. These films include, An Independent Mind, a feature-length documentary that details increasing attacks on this cornerstone of democracy and the underpinning of any ‘free’ society; and American Radical, featuring American academic Norman Finkelstein, son of holocaust survivors and an ardent critic of Israel and US Mid-East policy. Mugabe and the White African tells the story of Michael Campbell who took the unprecedented step of challenging President Mugabe with violations of basic human rights in an International Court.

Films from South Africa include Arya Lalloo’s Citizen X, an unflinching portrait of civil unrest in the New South Africa, recently crowned the most unequal society in the world; and Khalid Shamis’ The Killing of the Imam, a fusion of animation, documentary and archive which tells the story of the much loved community leader Imam Abdullah Haron told by his grandson (the filmmaker).

A challenging and thought provoking line up of thirty one films awaits our Cape Town festival audience. Check out www.3continentsfestival.co.za or www.sterkinekor.com for more details.

We call on film lovers, concerned citizens, artists, civil society and community organisations to support the Tri Continental cinema movement. Let’s continue to show our support of human rights stories and appreciate the risk involved for those who dare to tell them ...
See you at the festival!

Media, publicity and general festival enquiries can be directed to Eugene Paramoer: paramoer@gmail.com / 083 504 2089

For enquiries about the Cape Town Community Inreach Component please contact:
Esley Philander: esleyphilander@gmail.com / 078 231 1058
Ferdi Van Tura: wudsmit27@gmail.com / 074 823 5866

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