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The JOMBA! KHULUMA Blog is Up and Running!

Centre for Creative Arts Announcement: – the blogsite for JOMBA! KHULUMA is up and running!

The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience runs until 12th September and you can visit the JOMBA! KHULUMA blogspot for regular updates, reviews and beautiful photos by Val Adamson. Over the 12 days of the festival veteran journalist Adrienne Sichel will mentor seven UKZN honours students in a process of learning how to decode, read and write about dance performance.

Twitter @Jomba_Dance will forward links of all blog posts!

Watch out for the two JOMBA! Khuluma print editions!

Adrienne Sichel is winner of the 2009 Alan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever award presented by Mondi Shanduka Newsprint and the Newspaper Association of South Africa. She has a reputation for being a fearless defender of artistic and press freedoms in South Africa and has a lifetime reputation of fighting for coverage for dance and theatre in South Africa. Her decades of arts journalism inspires and provokes!.

Sichel will also co- host and facilitate the selected JOMBA! TALKS DANCE forums in which dancer- choreographers will get to speak about their work – all in an attempt to raise the critical debate around dance in South Africa. Check the schedule for dates!

JOMBA! 2010 is made possible with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principle funder), the National Arts Council, the City of Durban, HIVOS, Pro-Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Karbardock, and other valued partners.

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Indian Cinema and Eco-Lens at the 31st Durban International Film Festival

Indian Cinema at the 31st Durban International Film Festival

It’s that time of year again when film enthusiasts can satisfy their motion picture mania. The 31st Durban International Film Festival runs from the 22 July to 1 August promising eleven days of cinematic indulgence.

In the festival’s wide selection of films from around the world is a selection of thrilling, edgy, thought-provoking and downright funny films from India and the Indian diaspora.

Zooming in on political accountability, Peepli Live explores the realities of poverty-stricken farmers whose only way out is committing suicide so that their families may receive government compensation. This surprisingly hilarious film was produced by the legendary Indian actor Aamir Khan.

Durban filmmaker Masood Boomgard’s Attack of the Indian Werewolf is a cheerfully irreverent spoof of the horror genre starring East Coast Radio deejay and stand-up comedian Neville Pillay. Serious laughs are to be had.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jyoti Mistry comments on the commonalities of the human experience in various international urban spaces with her experimental feature, The Bull On The Roof (Le Beof Sur Le Toit).

Fans of the master Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta will thoroughly enjoy his latest work screening at the festival, The Window (Janala), a magical and remarkably frank commentary on modern Indian life.

This year’s DIFF also brings a triumph for Marathi cinema with Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s The Well which is a tender look at the loss of the innocence of childhood. The film is produced by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, and the director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will attend the festival.

Alongside these fine feature-length films, the festival also celebrates topical Indian cinema through the short film medium. Homecoming explores the challenge in balancing modernity and traditional Indian values while The Floating Position sees a young man facing a dilemma between his caste identity and his high economic status.

Audience members will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Indian cinema at the 31st Durban International Film Festival with screenings at movie theatres and other public arenas throughout Durban.

Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films are available free at cinemas, Computicket, and other outlets.

Eco-lens at DIFF 2010

Filmmakers are key agents in keeping a watchful eye on not just on social and political issues but on environmental abuse that often slips unobtrusively into our daily lives. A number of films at this year’s Durban International Film Festival conscientise us about the need for integrated approaches to development, and the threats to human ecology and environmental balance.

With genetic modification shifting global food production increasingly further from nature, Scientists Under Attack is an important exposure of the influence of big corporates in the active suppression of information and how scientists must put their careers on the line just to bring you the truth about what you consume.

Carlos Franciso‘s American Foulbrood looks at the crippling effects of a deadly disease on African honey bees and its possible impact on food production in South Africa.

When the water that comes out of your taps turns to flame you know something is wrong – the highly entertaining Sundance Jury Prize Winner Gasland explores the shocking consequences of massive natural gas drilling across the USA. Koundi and the National Thursday is an intimate look at life inside a small village in the forests of Cameroon and how this communal society is negotiating the demands of globalization and the search for uniquely African solutions.

Questions about urban development are raised in The Battle for Johannesburg and When The Mountain Meets Its Shadow. The feature film Altiplano is set against mercury poisoning of a community from a local factory.

Two films very much emphasise positive developments for our consideration.

In multi-award winning Waste Land we witness the creative production that results when art and poverty collide at the world’s largest rubbish dump in Brazil. The collaboration with catadores, who make a living picking recyclable materials, deals not only with important environmental and social issues, but restores dignity to a group of people tossed aside by society, like the garbage with which they work. The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy systematically and engagingly outlines the tantalising possibility of switching to 100% renewable energy sources in the next 30 years.

Such films provide a proactive approach to the challenges and indicate that another way is possible.

The Durban International Film Festival, which is principally funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), takes place from 22nd July to 1st August. See for more information.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City Of Durban, German Embassy of South Africa, Goethe Institut South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, Commonwealth Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.

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Durban International Film Festival: Our 2010 Showreel (Video)

It’s all happening in Durban from 22 July to 1 August – check out our fabulous Durban Film International Film Festival showreel!


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Call for entries: The Durban Short Film Challenge at the Durban International Film Festival

The Durban Short Film Challenge is an exhilarating filmmaking competition organized by the Durban Youth in Film Society, which takes place from May 24 to June 15, and is showcased at the Durban International Film Festival from July 22 to August 1, 2010.

The challenge is open to all South African Film-makers. Participating teams have three weeks to write, shoot and edit a short film or video around a specific theme. The top 12 films submitted will be selected for screening during the Durban International Film Festival.

The theme for the challenge will be announced on the ‘Film Tower’ group on the social networking site Alternatively, interested parties can send an email to on 24 May and the theme will be emailed to them.

The challenge starts on 24 May 2010 and runs up until and including 14 June 2010. The films entered have to be exactly 5 minutes excluding opening and end titles and can be in any genre. The final films have to be delivered on or before 15 June 2010. There are facilities for participants to upload their films onto and email the link to

“During this official competition period, the idea is that all creativity will take place, including but not limited to writing the script, rehearsing, costume and set design, filming, editing, rendering, sound designing.” explains Tiny Mungwe, co-ordinator of the challenge. “Teams are able to establish their organising creative team, cast, equipment and scouting and securing locations before this period, but can only begin once we have announced the theme. The winning film will qualify the director or writer of the film for a place in the National Film and Video Foundation’s Sediba SPARK programme.”

Full information about the short film challenge, as well as the rules and regulations can be found on

The Durban Short Film Challenge is a project of the Durban Film Society in partnership the Durban International Film Festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN). The Durban Short Film Challenge is thankful for the support of the Durban Film Office.

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Call for Entries: 3rd Talent Campus Durban 23 -27 July

Talent CampusThe 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July – 2 August 2010) is proud to announce the 3rd edition of Talent Campus Durban from 23 – 27 July 2010, an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by film professionals to enhance both theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking.

The 3rd Talent Campus Durban theme Focusing on Africa: Unleashing Talent in 2010 will focus activities towards the development and strengthening of partnerships between African filmmakers.

Talent Campus Durban invites filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars, which take place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 31st Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: 15 March 2010

Full Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from:

For further details:
Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1367
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074
Email: or

Talent Campus Durban is produced as a cooperation between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Department of Economic Development – KwaZulu-Natal.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with principle funding and support from the National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS and the City of Durban.

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Ukukhula Komdanso 2008

Ukukhula KomdansoThe Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) and JOMBA! presents

a festival that grows dance
24 – 29 June 2008
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban
Ticket Price R35 (adults)
R25 (scholars and students)

Workshops free and open with prior booking (031) 260 2506

Conference R30 or free with bursary (Application forms for bursaries are available from the CCA offices but need to be completed and handed in by 9am, 23 June 2008).


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