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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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