Jozi Film Festival 2021 All Access Pass

Jozi Film Festival 2021 All Access Pass

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  • Displaced

    Artist Emma Willemse explores in her work the nature of the traumatic experience of the loss of a home. Rooted in the personal experience of displacement she has suffered herself, her work resonates in her own country with its history of forced removals and around the world in an age when record ...

  • I Am Here

    Ella is not your average 98-year-old. Her magnetic personality makes her past even more surprising. Follow this spirited South African Holocaust survivor as she reveals her astonishing life journey and unwavering appreciation of life.

    I Am Here recently won the Audience Choice Award and the Jury...

  • Murder In Paris

    Murder in Paris is a political crime thriller documentary that traces the motives for the assassination of anti-Apartheid activist, Dulcie September. The story travels from the heart of Paris in March 1988 to the pursuit of justice in 2021.

    Directed by multi-award winning Enver Samuel.

  • Mutant

    Mutant is a documentary film that paints an intimate portrait of one of South Africa's most outspoken and controversial artists, Isaac Mutant, and the turbulent world he lives in. A world of extremes, the film captures the harsh realities of living in one of the most dangerous corners of the eart...

  • Run George

    Run George is the story of a young man named George who is in dire straits and is about to reach a boiling point in his life. We meet him on a day on which he is in desperate need of a lot of money in order to pay his rent and continue to lead his ordinary life. He goes to his local bar and ente...

  • Binti

    A meditation on contemporary African womanhood unfolding in four chapters, BINTI (Swahili for "young woman") tells the intertwined tales of four women living in Dar-es-Salaam.

    Directed by Seko Shamte, a Tanzanian film producer, writer and director.

  • Ebumnyameni

    A tormented mother struggles under a dark cloud of depression brought on by guilt. She blames herself for a loss in her family and decides that taking her own life will not only free her from her pain, but also give reprieve to her grief-stricken family.

    Director: Sunni Faba

  • Heart Attack

    An orphaned and accomplished cardiologist, Dr Khanyaqhawe Mabuyakhulu is challenged when she finds out she has to operate on Bheki, a man that killed her mother.

    Minenhle Luthuli directs. "This is a product of love, dedication, sweat and tears. Not only because the team worked so hard to make th...

  • Ekstasis

    Ekstasis is a short film about a young woman that discovers intimacy, and the loss thereof, through an intricate relationship with her best friend and the dissipation of her parents' marriage.

    Directors: Emilie Petra Badehorst, Kanya Viljoe. Their statement: As two emerging female writers and di...

  • Trapped

    Ayanda's double life comes crashing down around her when a surprise visit from her mom upsets the carefully built closet she hides in. Torn between traditional family and career expectations, Ayanda tears her relationship apart. Somewhere in the heart of it all acceptance is found.

    Director: Ath...

  • High Maintenance

    Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world and won the most prestigious international art awards. Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are deteriorating, his advanced age is starting to catch up with him, the political climate in I...

  • Promenade

    "Promenade" is a chronicle about life of one seemingly unremarkable embankment of the Kama River in a remote area of Perm, Russia. But it is unremarkable only at a first glance. If an attentive viewer takes a closer look at what is happening here, he will be able to catch the whisper of absolutel...

  • The lost kids of Kalahari

    Niccolo Bruna directs. Director's Statement: Namibia is considered one of Africa's wealthiest countries however alcohol abuse and a population struggling with HIV/AIDS means 20% of households are child-headed. In this village of the Harap region, Flora and other kids of the Nama tribe are constan...

  • The Wikipedia Promise

    Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia of all time – by looking at the inner life of Wikipedia, the documentary deals with issues of perspective, representation and Western-centrism.

    In 2001, Jimmy Wales created the first entry on Wikipedia: "Hello world". Today, 20 years later, Wikipedia contain...

  • Let Me Have My Hands Again

    Microsurgeon Vadim Keosyan is known far beyond borders of Krasnoyarsk thanks to his talented hands. Keosyan can work at the operating table for more than a day to return a lost body part to a person. His patients are people who are most often are given one diagnosis - amputation - but for Vadim t...

  • Stolen Fish

    In the tiniest country of mainland Africa, The Gambia, fish is now being powdered up by Chinese corporations and exported to Europe and China to feed animals in industrial farming. As a result, Gambians are being deprived of their primary source of protein and overfishing is depleting marine ecos...

  • Who is the Witch?

    What does a family do when a family do when a child starts hearing voices and acts bizarre? Filmmaker Lawrie Zidyana looks back a mystery that dominated his life growing up in Zimbabwe.

    Director: Lawrie Zidyana. My main concern before I made this film was how my family would react. What I went t...

  • Al Sit

    In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. But can Nafisa choo...

  • Ashima

    'Ashima' follows Natacha Maboma, a young Cameroonian-American woman who, at the time of making the film, had been living and travelling abroad in Asia for 3 years. Whilst visiting Hong Kong for the first time, Natacha reflects on the experience of being a young woman - and specifically, a black w...

  • The Night Passenger

    Marty is going through a crisis and is hanging on by a thread. After discovering a man tied up in his trunk things go from bad to worse. Worse being a psychopathic Irishman who joins Marty on a journey through the city of LA.

    Directed by Josh Bowman. "We wanted to give the audience a story with ...

  • ALA KACHUU - Take and Run

    Sezim wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire f...

  • Charon

    Freshly retired, a man doesn't know how to occupy his days. For fear of being killed by boredom, he gets involved in the crazy project of building a boat in the cellar of his suburban house.

    Director - Yannick Karcher (France).

  • Shadows

    During the fragile chapter when a girl faces womanhood, Naya explores her independence on homecoming night away from her watchful family.

    Director: Ria Tobaccowala. Director's statement: As a first generation Indian-American, I was raised on the South Side of Chicago and speak more Spanish than ...

  • Identibye

    The protagonist of the story faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility regarding one's innermost feelings. He has been judged from the very beginning by the ones closest to him. The fear of these never-ending judgments fills him with doubt and he has to work against the clock to a...

  • Lefu - The Funeral

    When Mpho Molotsi loses his mother to Covid-19, he is devastated to lose not only his closest relative, but also a confidant. The film is a portrait of final goodbyes, which follows Mpho and his family as they make final rites amidst the regulatory restrictions for burials during Covid-19.

    Direc...

  • Lindela Under Lockdown

    During Level 5 of the national lockdown a Congolese man is detained at Lindela, the largest facility for the holding of undocumented migrants in South Africa. In an effort to expose the gross Human Rights violations that he is subjected to, and the lack of safety regulations around Covid-19, he l...

  • Schools Shut Down

    Buhle Mdluli is one of the brightest students in her school in Orange Farm who aspires to study medicine. During the Covid-19 lockdown, she and her school friends try to maintain their education through online learning with limited access to devices or internet while schools remain closed.

    Direc...

  • Farmhouse (Plaashuis)

    Dian Weys director this short film. Director's statement: Last year, 382 people were attacked and 63 people were murdered on farms or small holdings in South Africa. Farm murders are a complex phenomenon that occur at the intersection of South Africa’s challenging historical, racial, political, s...

  • Everyday Onslaught

    An experimental documentary bringing to the fore questions of happiness and finding your true self, Everyday Onslaught visualizes the director's own internal conflict as an LGBTI+ activist, torn between the need to stand up for the rights of her people, and the desire to fit in and live a quiet l...

  • From Durban To Tomorrow

    Five frontline health advocates from different parts of the world work through victories and defeats plotting a path toward a meaningful, universal human right to health.

    With the inequities of global health more evident and stark today than at any point in history, FROM DURBAN TO TOMORROW recal...

  • CODA

    Young voices moving through Johannesburg city at the end of the year speak on time, how it feels and what it means to them.

    Director: Hallie Haller. "Time passes and we lose our jobs or lose our loved ones or lose hope or just lose sight of what the point of it all is. Life is so expansive and o...

  • Jeanette Makes Masks

    During the Covid-19 lockdown Jeanette Niyidufasha started making Covid-19 protective masks from home with the support of her husband, after her usual business trading closed due to lockdown, and donating extra masks to the unemployed out in the street. Her anxiety around the virus and mask wearin...

  • Kesho Pia Ni Siku: Tomorrow Is Another Day

    Kesho Pia Ni Siku is a story of rebirth. It means “Tomorrow is Another Day.” Njeri Mereka is a smooth-talking, hymn-singing, 67 year old grandmother who runs her small boutique, Kanyoko Fabrics and Designs in Nairobi. She retells how she unintentionally started her business from the boot of her 1...

  • Purge

    The week from hell. No one could train you for what we have witnessed on the frontline. Lack of sleep, camaraderie, dead bodies, being shot at, this was the taste of war. There was no time to think about tomorrow or next week. From Cato Ridge to Central Durban, just pure adrenaline for days on en...

  • Intsimbi

    When confronted with an unfamiliar and hard situation, we have the potential to act in unrecognisable ways. These are the moments in our lives that will test our morality. Intsimbi explores that very moment. The grey area that exists in the human experience where someone is judged solely based on...

  • The Shack

    A story about a shack, who is telling a story about Buti's life amidst his daily struggles in the immediate and greater environment he lives in, more especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shack is frustrated, situated in a densely populated South African informal settlement where many hard...

  • The Endless Chain

    Filmed at South Africa’s second oldest boys’ school, The Endless Chain observes different stages of a pupil’s journey – Grade 8's being inducted into the school, matrics leaving, a 10 year reunion and a 50 year reunion.

    Examining why Old Boys experience such strong attachment to their school, t...

  • The Novelist

    An aspiring writer struggles to finish her novel but finds inspiration in a peculiar painter who she decides to make the protagonist of her book.

    Director - Andile Joshua Gumbo. Gumbo is a Zimbabwean screenwriter and editor based in Johannesburg.

  • Like Water

    Like Water is a lighthearted story fused with animation which captures the work of 73-year-old martial arts sensei, Togieda Flowers. Since 1977, Sensei Flowers has taught karate to Cape Flats youth, who seek a positive outlet to express themselves and an escape from gang violence. The story follo...

  • "I'm a recovering racist"

    Nigel Branken is a midde-class, white South African, who moved his family out of the affluent, predominantly 'white' suburbs and into the black inner city area known as Hillbrow. Hillbrow is infamous for its high levels of poverty, crime and violence. Nigel and his wife, Trish, strongly believe i...

  • Seven Days Short

    Shabab lives with his sick mother. One day he hires a woman to keep the house clean and tidy. The woman is unsettled by Shabab's increasingly strange behaviour.

    Director: Mahdi Javadifam (Iran)

  • Lilias Adie

    Lilias and young Maud walk the Scottish Highlands when talk turns to a jealous neighbour they know. Accusations of witchcraft lead Lilias to be arrested and interrogated, and when her friend's life is threatened she chooses to confess with thundering wrath.

    Director: Elize du Toit. Director's st...

  • Who

    A virus with an unknown cause is spreading to every corner of the world at a terrifying speed. Three protagonists in the same household are forced to maintain their isolated lives under strict restrictions of lockdown. Jason, a migrant worker who cannot return home, Se-hee, an international stude...

  • Extra Sauce

    Hans, a mediocre heartbroken actor, is greeted by an Angel of Death after attempting suicide an hour before his play's premiere.

    Alireza Ghasemi is an Iranian Filmmaker. He has made several short films which had brought him numerous awards, including the highly acclaimed short “Lunch Time,” whic...

  • Savage Land

    When Custer County Police kill 18 year old Cheyenne Arapaho Mah-hi-vist Red Bird Goodblanket in his family's kitchen, descendants of the Sand Creek and Washita Massacres take us back 150 years to reveal how historical trauma and the horrors of the past are still present in America today.

    Directe...

  • Nothing is Normal

    Nothing is Normal – The Second Pandemic is a gritty documentary on gender-based violence (GBV). This documentary aims to address the patriarchal mind-set we as a South African society live in as well as look at ways men can contribute in raising more awareness on this issue. The documentary also ...

  • Mudlarker

    An injured school bus driver, forced into retirement, finds purpose in searching for treasures on a radioactive beach in Brooklyn, NY. Outside of her treasure hunting realm, Adele Daly struggles to fit in. But, by helping people in her community and novice pickers at the beach at Dead Horse Bay, ...

  • Five Tiger

    South Africa, present day. A god-fearing woman finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter.

    FIVE TIGER is Nomawonga Khumalo's debut as writer/director.

  • Fisherman's Friend (Visserman se Vriend)

    Two fishermen collide in a tale of love, loss, and friendship. Every fisherman needs a friend.

    Director: Armand de Lauwere

  • An Encounter

    Freely adapted from the James Joyce short story, An Encounter, follows Stephen and Jay, (13), as they take a day mitching from school. Jay is a boy Stephen considers to be beneath him. Nervous of being detected, the pair stick to the margins, along the royal canal and through the anonymous dockla...

  • The Acolyte

    A doomsday cult clashes with an idealistic new recruit.

    Sammy James, Jr. directs. He is a Grammy-winning music producer and composer whose credits include “School of Rock,” “Tropic Thunder,” and Broadway’s “Kinky Boots.” In 2020, he managed a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the funding ...

  • a BLOOM

    Nick just got back home after spending three months at a therapy centre. He is determined to leave all the pain inflicted by his previous love behind. But after one night back, Nick goes out with his two friends and catch up in a local bar. Little he knows that across the room he will see love ag...

  • Four Walls and A Roof

    Ruva and Fro are illegal Zimbabwean immigrants, living in South Africa trying to make ends meet by scavenging, with the hope of being able to return home one day and build a life for themselves. On one of their daily routes, they come across an old, abandoned shack and soon discover that the shac...

  • Quiet on Set

    When Ria, a young, female sound designer, still finding her footing in the industry overhears the director harassing the lead actress, she must choose between her career and her morals. At first it seems like there is nothing she can do but when the director goes so far as to physically hurt and ...

  • The Inescapable

    A short student film - part drama, part horror, and part fantasy exploring ideas of friendship, honour, and betrayal, both at a personal and communal level. The effects of one's conscience on one's self and one's clan are investigated as part of the characters' drama. The film follows two Afrikaa...

  • The Professional

    Lulama is a timid character whose ideas of justice come from a belief that the system will always succeed. Her brother Lamla believes in vigilante justice. She is in her room one day remembering the dark night where Dumsani, her step-father abused Lamla and herself. As revenge the siblings hire a...

  • ZWART (Black)

    Number 53 is a lab-grown human with an artificially intelligent brain. She wakes up in a testing room of a company named A.D.A.M. (Advanced Development of Artificial Machines) where she is greeted by E.V.E. (Executive Vice Enforcer), the company's artificial intelligence that prepares 53 for the ...