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13 August 2010


Rina Jooste has great pleasure in inviting you to the screening of her documentary film AFRIKANER AFRIKAAN

Screened at Encounters International Film Festival
17 August 2010, 19h15, Labia on Orange, Cape Town, followed by panel discussion
23 August 2010, 18h30, Labia on Orange, Cape Town
26 August 2010, 19h00, The Bioscope, Main Street Life, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg, followed by Q & A by director
Tickets available at the venue or

Using music as a springboard for discussion, Jooste’s selection of muso protagonists, Deon Maas, Sean Else and Johrne van Huyssteen, captures the new buoyancy and divergence in Afrikaner identities freed from the straitjacket of Afrikaner nationalism. This white minority culture is in disarray as the foundations of its authority and identity disappear: political dominance; influence of the church; white supremacy by virtue of skin colour. The enduring power of music and song to express and assert identity, and protest, is evidenced in the recent De la Rey phenomenon (it sold over 200,000 copies), and the popularity of Fokofpolisiekar, a punk Afrikaans band who refuse to be apologizers but are moulding a more progressive identity for Afrikaans youth. Even before this, in the 1980’s, the foundations were laid by artists such as Koos Kombuis and Johannes Kerkorrel, who first questioned the Afrikaans norm. The film’s title is a phrase coined by the late Frederik van Zyl Slabbert to redefine “Afrikaner”, a term associated with racial exclusion, as African Afrikaner.

Featuring music of Fokofpolisiekar, Ddisselblom, Bok van Blerk, Glaskas, Lianie May, Koos Kombuis.

Production team
Producer / Director: Rina Jooste
DOP: Ryley Olivier
Editor: CA van Aswegen
Executive Producer: Ingrid Gavshon
Director Rina Jooste’s passion for researching socio-political issues and the psyche of people in post-apartheid South Africa, led her to make documentary films three years ago. To date Jooste has made 12 documentaries- many of which have been selected to screen at film festivals. Her documentary BETRAYED, about the South African border war, was nominated for a 2007 SAFTA award. Jooste recently started Full Circle Productions with filmmaker partner Nadiva Schraibman. They are currently training unemployed youth in Alexandra and Khayelitsha townships to become video journalists with the support of FIFA and Sony International. Jooste recently completed the feature length documentary CAPTOR AND CAPTIVE, the story of two enemy soldiers who meet 30 years after an event that changed both their lives, to be released September 2010.

Plexus Films and The Glasshouse presents AFRIKAAPS The Documentary

Directed by Dylan Valley Edited by Khalid Shamis

Using Hip Hop, Humor and personal persecutive Dylan Valley follows a group of artists creating the stage production AFRIKAAPS, as they trance the true roots of Afrikaans back to the slaves in the Cape.

The film reclaims and liberates Afrikaans from its reputation as the language of the oppressors, taking it back for all who speak it.

Featuring Jitsvinger, Kyle Shepherd, Emile YX, Blaq Pearl, Bliksemstraal, Shane Cooper, Moenier Adams and Jethro Louw.

13 and 14 Aug at Nu-Metro, A&A, CPT
21 Aug The Bioscope, Newtown, JHB

Encounters International Documentary Film Festival

12 August 2010

Encounters Documentary Film Festival starts this week

For their 12th edition, the Encounters Team have scoured the earth to bring their festival audience over 50 of the latest and best documentaries. This year, they are proud to present 14 excellent films examining the many varied aspects of South African heritage—a rainbow nation represented in a wide selection of films from some of the best directors (both established and up-and-coming, local and international): from a cutting-edge hip hopera about the origins of Afrikaans to a celebration of the coming together of South Africans in support of the Springboks during the early post-Apartheid days.

Looking more broadly, their Green Movies showcase various green and social issues, while highlighting sustainable solutions from local and international organizations. Using humour, shock tactics and good old-fashioned investigative filmmaking, these documentaries are set to be audience favourites. And, of course, they bring you the best local and regional films: The Battle for Johannesburg, Mario and the Rude Boys, Driving with Fanon. See you at the festival!

Cape Town: 12 – 29 August 2010, at the Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront and the Labia on Orange
Johannesburg: 18 – 29 August 2010, at The Bioscope, Ground Floor of Main Street Life, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct

Don’t forget to check out their website and their Facebook Page.

A Country For My Daughter

A Country For My Daughter screens at the 12th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

  • 15 August 2010 – 18:00 @ The Labia on Orange, Gardens, Cape Town (followed by Q&A with Lucilla Blankenberg, director and Nonkosi Khumalo, senior researcher at AIDS Law Project & Chairperson, TAC)
  • 21 August 2010 – 17:45 @ Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • 28 August 2010 – 18.30 @ The Bioscope, Maponeng Precinct, Johannesburg
A Country For My Daughter (2010, 54 minutes)
A film about Women, Violence and the Law

Director: Lucilla Blankenberg
Producer: Janine Tilley

“The fact that Nana learns a song in pre-school about rape shows that we need to restructure our society. All children should be singing songs of joy and freedom not songs of fear, pain and imprisonment.” Zackie Achmat

In what seems to be a hard and unwinnable battle against sexual violence in South Africa, A Country For My Daughter showcases some legal victories and offers hope.

Among the landmark cases the film focuses on are Carmichele vs Minister of Safety and Security 2001 and Miss K vs Minister of Safety and Security 2004. Both cases not only have legally empowered women in South Africa but also inspired women and gender activists around the world.

Nonkosi Khumalo, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) chairperson, senior researcher at Section27 and Nana’s mother, who herself experienced domestic violence once, revisits the stories, places, and where possible, the women, to find out how personal experiences of horrific trauma have begun to change the way the law against rape is prosecuted in South Africa.

Some of the legal minds involved in pursuing the cases profiled who appear in the film, include Advocates Michelle O’Sullivan, Hayley Galgut and Wim Trengrove. Judge Edwin Cameron who pronounced judgment in the case of S vs Abrahams, involving the appeal of a sentence for a father who had raped his teenage daughter, underlines that while South Africa’s legal framework had improved, the big challenge remained in its implementation. “Our courts have a fairly poor track record on issues of gender violence. Too many white male judges with little understanding about the issues on hand,” states Cameron.

Nonkosi indeed counts merely seven women judges among the multitude of portraits of judges on display in a corridor of the Bloemfontein Supreme Court.

Moving and brave camera appearances by Miss K as well as the parents of raped and slain TAC member Nandipha Makeke give insight into the grief and struggle to keep the faith, as Mrs Makeke’s statement reveals: “The law is still very weak – if you don’t push for your case, charges are dropped and they tell you the docket is missing.”

What Nonkosi discovers is that only public outrage and organised protest have the power to force the authorities to provide women with the protection and justice to which they are entitled to: “Justice does not get served on a plate… You must work for it!”

In a film described by its director as the most difficult her all-woman crew have ever worked on, Nonkosi’s dynamism, anger and compassion will hopefully spur more South Africans to action rather than despair.

Community Media Trust (CMT) developed a comprehensive 60 page gender based violence training manual that is available with the film (see contact details below).

The Filmmaker

Lucilla Blankenberg has always wanted to tell stories and found documentary film to be her ideal medium. As a member of Idol Pictures she produced and directed several films about aspects of South African society including: Black People Don’t Swim, Don’t Shoot, Brothers in Arms and Through My Eyes: Blanche La Guma.

Lucilla is now Deputy-Director of a non-profit organisation specialising in media, outreach and training called Community Media Trust (CMT). She is also the director of Siyayinqoba Beat It!, the weekly educational TV show which is produced by CMT and broadcast on SABC 1.

Lucilla is committed to the reduction of gender-based violence in South Africa and uses her films as a vehicle to highlight this. A Country For My Daughter is dedicated to all women in South Africa and to their future.

Community Media Trust

Community Media Trust (CMT) is a not for profit company which has produced HIV/AIDS public health education material since 1998 under the Siyayinqoba Beat It! brand. CMT currently runs four programmes: the Siyayinqoba Beat It! television show, an Outreach project to assist with Treatment Literacy and Prevention programmes, a 21-part non-broadcast multilingual Treatment Literacy series and an archive project, housing South Africa’s largest audio visual HIV/AIDS collection.


The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, now in its 12th year, takes place from 12-29 August 2010 in Cape Town. The festival screens documentaries from around the world with a particular focus on South African work.


A Country For My Daughter was made in association with the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF). The filmmakers would also like to thank the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and Section 27 (formerly the Aids Law Project) for their support.


For media queries contact: Nathalie Rosa Bucher: 0768 310 434 /

For more information on the film, the producers and the accompanying gender based violence workbook contact: David McNaught: 021 788 9163 or 078 562 0566 /

11 August 2010

NFVF Discussion Session - NFVF as a National Custodian of Film

Dear Film Industry Member

The Cape Film Commission in partnership with Encounters and the National Film and Video Foundation would like to invite you to a discussion session with the NFVF about their role as the National Custodian of Film.

We urge everyone to attend this important and imformative discussion.

Date: Friday, 13th August 2010
Time: 10h00 – 12h00 (2 hours)
Venue: Victoria Junction Hotel, Greenpoint, Cape Town
Panel: Eddie Mbalo, Ryan Haidarian and Clarence Hamilton
Topic: NFVF as a National Custodian of Film

Should you wish to attend please RSVP to

Chicago Reel Shorts Film Fest call for Entries - Submit your Film

F I L M - Q U A R T E R L Y

Chicago REEL Shorts Festival
Sept 16 – 20th, 2010
Film Row Cinema
Chicago IL

Chicago REEL Shorts Submission Deadline is AUG 12th!

Submit here

The programmers are hard at work making all their final decisions for this year’s festival. One of the programmers, Toby Wallwork, says it best, “2010 is going to be a really great year!” Reel shorts is one of the few festivals you can submit to late (now) and have you film screen 5 weeks later.

Drama – Comedy – Horror – Family – Docs – Coming of Age – Animation – Music Video

No Restriction on the film’s production date this season. Meaning if your film was made in 2002 and it was never screened at the festival before – YOU CAN SUBMIT IT FOR CONSIDERATION! If you shot a masterpiece in 88, 92 or 2005 – SUBMIT IT!

Join our Facebook group to keep up to date with all that is the Chicago Reel Shorts Fest, from announcements to film screening times. Chicago Reel Shorts Facebook Page

10 August 2010

Here be Dragons premiere

Odette Geldenhuys is a DFA member and her Documentary film 'Here be Dragons' is about human rights icon George Bizos, will premiere at the forthcoming Encounters Film Festival. See below for screening details:

Screening times:
  • 8.30 pm, Friday 13 Aug: Nu Metro V & A Waterfront, Cape Town – world premiere
  • 6.30 pm, Thursday 19 Aug: Nu Metro V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • 8.30 pm, Monday 23 Aug: The Bioscope, 286 Main Street, Johannesburg + drinks
  • 8.00 pm, Thursday 26 Aug 2010: Nu Metro V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Nu Metro bookings – 0861 246 362
The Bioscope – to reserve seats -

Is it a coincidence that from Greek mythology to comics, the Superhero is really Everyman?

George Bizos is an international human rights icon, synonymous with saving Nelson Mandela from the gallows, with the inquest into Steve Biko's death and torture, and with more political trials than any other lawyer in South Africa. The dynamic between law and justice - and where the outcome is not always that predictable - is an underlying theme - rendered in a playful yet incisive way through a verite style that combines archives, feature films and comics. Intimately the film explores his life, not only George as Mandela's lawyer, but also George the gardener and storyteller. It reveals his humour despite tragic injustices, his humility despite having shaped the destiny of South Africa, and how the law became his sword to slay the dragons.

Directed and produced by Odette Geldenhuys, director of award-winning being pavarotti and Grietjie van Garies; co-produced by Catharina Weinek, cultural activist, writer, director and producer; edited by Tonia Selley, editor, singer and songwriter.