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Time of the Writer Schools Short Story Competition

The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) will host the 12th Time of the Writer, international writers’ festival from 9 to 14 March 2009. Principal activities take place each evening at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. International and local authors will read from their work and be interviewed by selected hosts, followed by discussions with the audience. Additional daytime activities – including school visits – will take place in and around Durban. The full programme will be announced in mid-February.

A central focus of the festival is to encourage reading and writing, particularly among the youth. Time of the Writer invites learners to begin submitting material for the short story writing competition to be held in conjunction with the festival. Learners are invited to engage creatively with a theme of their choice.

Please make your submissions by no later than MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY and our judges will then make the final selection. Please note that entries must be fictional stories and not critical essays. A maximum of 5 pages (preferably typed) are to be written in either English, Zulu or Afrikaans. Illegible entries will not be considered.

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Call for Entries: DIFF Announces Dates for Landmark 30th Edition

DIFF 2009The Durban International Film Festival has announced that its landmark 30th edition will take place from 22 July to 2 August 2009.

The festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa . Screenings will take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers, and 2009 will see the return of the very successful Talent Campus Durban.

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Triomf Well Received Everywhere it Plays

Michael Raeburn’s film Triomf – based on Marlene van Niekerk’s novel of the same name – is creating a sensation wherever it’s filmed, and is sure to attract much interest at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

The festival screening follows a successful international debut at Cannes Film Festival in May this year, rave reviews from the screening at the National Arts Festival, and an exceptionally well received gala screening in Johannesburg earlier this month, where it played to an audience of over 400 of the city’s who’s who.

Triomf will be screened at DIFF tonight, July 25, at Suncoast Numetro and on July 27 at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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Wavescapes Surf Films at Durban International Film Festival

Wavescapes PosterA unique collection of surfing films will premiere in South Africa at the 2008 edition of the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival in Durban. The festival, part of the Durban International Film Festival, opens with a special outdoor screening of the film High Water on Sunday 27 July. Film director Wes Brown – his grandfather Bruce made the cult classic Endless Summer – is being flown out from California for the premiere, and will hold a workshop for aspirant surfing filmmakers. High Water, which will be projected onto a large screen near the famous surf break Bay of Plenty, chronicles the story of the North Shore in Hawaii, particularly the events that make up the Triple Crown of surfing.

According to Steve Pike, director of Wavescapes, the film shows how surfers can “go from hero to zero, through the tube into the nirvanic after-life of clicking cameras, clips of cash, and a cameo on Baywatch”.

Wavescapes, which runs from 28 July to 1 August at the KwaSuka Theatre, will also screen the South African documentary film Zulu Surf Riders. The film documents the story of Cyril and Meshack Mqadi, who hail from Umzumbe on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Apart from overcoming the rigours and rip tides of the sea, the youngsters had to overcome traditional taboos about the ocean. With minimum support, the Mqadi brothers bring self-realisation to interested youngsters in their community by teaching them to ride waves.

Two films about sharks are set to pique the interest of surfers. With the support of the Save our Seas Foundation, Wavescape has committed to educating surfers about the critical role sharks play in the ocean, screening the feature documentary Sharkwater and a South African-made short called Shark Angels.

Another premiere at Wavescapes is the artistic surf documentary Thread, featuring the sand art of Jim Denevan, who uses beaches at low tide as giant canvasses for vast patterns the size of a cricket oval. There is a gritty documentary about surfing in the Vietnam War called Between the Lines, and Sea Fever, a lyrical film about surfing in Ireland, including the giant waves of Aileens (Aill n Searrach).

“One of my favourites is Sliding Liberia, a beautifully made film about surfing in war-torn Liberia. It adds gravitas to our line-up, which is rich and varied this year. Surfing movies are no longer just wave after wave, with punk rock providing a monotonous sound track!” said Pike.

Visit for more information on the films.

Principal screening venues of DIFF 2008 are Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Nu-Metro Cinecentre-Suncoast; Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau – Gateway; Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu; KwaSuka Theatre, and the BAT Centre, with further screenings in township areas where cinemas are non-existent, and a special programme of screenings at Luthuli Museum on the North Coast.

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

Full festival details can also be found on or by calling 031 2602506 or 031 2601650.

Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) the Durban International Film Festival is funded by National Film & Video Foundation, SABC, HIVOS, Royal Netherlands Embassy, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Stichting Doen, the German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institute of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, and the City of Durban, with valued support from a range of other partners.

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African Films at the 29th Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival, now in its 29th year, opens a window on the world, provides access to many different cultures and provides a space in which the cinematic art form transcends national boundaries. This is particularly relevant in view of the xenophobic attacks that swept South Africa, highlighting, more than ever, the need to disseminate and celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of the African continent. African films have traditionally been a central pillar of the DIFF programme, the core of which is the presentation this year of 71 South African films, comprising 10 feature films, 29 documentaries and 32 short films which indicate the steady growth of filmmaking in this country. While South African filmmakers struggle to make films and get audiences for them, DIFF is a proud showcase for the brave and talented filmmakers who continue, often against the odds, to make engaging and relevant films. A further 38 films from the continent underscores the broader African presence at DIFF 2008.

DIFF opens with the African Premiere of Jerusalema, directed by Ralph Ziman, a gripping look at the rise of a Johannesburg gangster and that touches on the topical issue of hijacking buildings. The festival will also present the World Premieres of Nothing But The Truth by John Kani, which is based on his popular play; My Black Little Heart by Durban’s Claire Angelique, a dark look at Durban’s underbelly, shot by the famed cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle; and uMalusi, directed by Mlandu Sikwebu and produced and shot in the Eastern Cape by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka.

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29th Durban International Film Festival Programme

Durban International Film FestivalSurf Film FestivalCinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 23 July to 3 August. Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world. Alongside the presentation of the some of the year’s finest films, the festival will run an extensive workshop and seminar programme giving the regions aspirant filmmakers an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of cinema’s greats.

Opening the festival is the African Premiere of Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, a gritty gangster thriller set on the harsh streets of Johannesburg . The festival will close with Mike Leigh’s uplifting new comedy, Happy-Go-Lucky.

The festival will offer an exciting journey into the world of contemporary cinema with a range of feature films, documentaries and short films that will not only entertain, but enlighten and inspire.

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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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Videos: John Pilger on Apartheid, Local and Global

John PilgerNew Rulers of the WorldFreedom Next TimeJournalist John Pilger attended the 2008 Time of the Writer, where he gave a Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture in association with the Centre for Civil Society during the festival’s closing session, which was simply entitled “An Evening with John Pilger”.

The entire session was recorded and is streamed at Here, we bring you three good-quality clips from the talk:

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For the Archive: Peter Rorvik and Mbulelo Mzamane Open the SA Writers Parliament

Here are two video clips from the inaugural session of the SA Writers’ Parliament, convened at Durban’s City Hall during the 2008 Time of the Writer.

In the first clip, Centre for Creative Arts director Peter Rorvik welcomes delegates and onlookers, and outlines the motivation for establishing a Writers’ Parliament. In the second, director of the UKZN’s Centre for African Literary Studies Mbulelo Mzamane gives the Parliament the title, “Inkundla Yabantu”.

While the footage isn’t the greatest quality, the clips serve as important material for the SA literary archive:

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Two Videos of Ananda Devi

Ananda DeviPagliAnanda Devi participated in the 2008 Time of the Writer, Durban. She’s the author of many works, and has received many prizes for her writing, which is predominantly in French (Devi is originally from Mauritius, but now lives in France).

Born in in 1957, Devi began to make her mark in Mauritian literature when she won, aged 15, a prize in a short-story competition organised by Radio France Internationale, the French national broadcasting corporation. Devi’s story was subsequently broadcast on French radio and published in an anthology. This marked the beginning of a long literary career, spanning over thirty years and nine novels, which has seen her become one of the major Francophone writers from the Indian Ocean.

Here are two clips of Devi reading from her work. The first is from her own English translation of her novel, Pagli, and the second from one of her French works:

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