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24th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

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24th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

from 02 Jul 2022 17:30


Encounters is the number one documentary festival in Africa and has been running for 24 years. We offer a 10-day multiplatform event, featuring the best African and international documentaries from around the world and continue to engage audiences with year-round activities. We pride ourselves on discovering the most promising new voices in African storytelling and bringing their work to screens, both in cinemas and online, as well as at outreach venues. For the first time in two years all films will be shown in selected cinemas in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 23 June to 3 July 2022.

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Screen 1, Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Str, Cape Town  Location on Google Maps


24th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

Young Plato 02 Jul 2022 17:30


Set in still war-torn Belfast, Young Plato carefully documents headmaster Kevin McArevey’s attempt to place philosophy at the centre of his school, both in terms of the curriculum and a more general approach to education, including conflict resolution. In a community plagued by poverty, drugs and violence, and still haunted by the divisions of the past, the approach taken by McArevey and his dedicated team delivers rich, if incremental, dividends. The film celebrates the power of philosophy not as an esoteric concept but as an approach to dealing with the challenges of daily life and a way of questioning the mythologies and narratives around war and violence.

The Voice Behind The Wall (L) 02 Jul 2022 20:30


Dir. Gideon Breytenbach
South Africa | 2022 | 104 min
As an indigenous language of South Africa, The Voice Behind The Wall explores the history of
Afrikaans through its use in music. With the help of artists who contributed to Afrikaans’ cultural
development, this documentary aims to show how it evolved from working-class music of the
early 1930s to a voice advocating for the unjust apartheid system in the 1980s. It offers a socio-political perspective on Afrikaans music in the post-1930 era born out of an amalgamation of cultures, yet misrepresented by the National Party as a language of exclusive origin for propaganda purposes.

Girl Taken 03 Jul 2022 12:00


When their three-day-old baby goes missing from Groote Schuur Hospital, the event comes to define the lives of Celeste and Mourne Nurse. Over the course of the next 17 years, they move through a relentless cycle of hope and despair, never giving up the search for Zephany, their missing daughter. When their second daughter Cassady joins a new school and finally finds her missing sibling living just a few kilometres away, it seems like the Nurse family’s prayers have been answered. Imbued with the feel of a forensic thriller, Girl, Taken provides a full account of a story that has long occupied South Africa’s imagination, allowing all those involved to tell the story.

No Simple Way Home 03 Jul 2022 15:00


Akuol de Mabior’s illuminating debut feature length film is both personal reflection as well as historical excavation of a country’s troubled past. With No Simple Way Home, de Mabior, daughter of the late South Sudanese vice president and liberation hero John Garang de Mabior, reflects on her father’s outsized legacy and the country he left behind. Having been born and raised in exile, the filmmaker returns to the country of her parent’s birth, searching for her place in the new republic. Through intimate interviews de Mabior interrogates the idea of home as well as the sense of responsibility that she may have inherited from her parents.

The Conductor 03 Jul 2022 18:15


Dir: Bernadette Wegenstein
United States | 2021 | 91 min
The Conductor illuminates the world of classical music performance today through the life of the astonishing internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop. As one of the first female conductors, with stunning accomplishments including winning the MacArthur `Genius` Grant and currently holding the position of the music director of three orchestras internationally, the film reveals Alsop’s struggles and triumphs to reach the top. Alsop, raised by a family of musicians and trained from an early age, details her persistent drive to fulfill her dream as a conductor, despite the gendered limitations of this male-dominated field.

Navalny 03 Jul 2022 20:30


Dir. Daniel Roher

Navalny provides an account of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s former opposition leader, in the wake of his poisoning in August 2020. Made with remarkable access to its subject and his family and colleagues, the film follows Navalny as he recuperates in Berlin and unravels the at times ludicrously stupid plot to kill him, assisted by the forensic skills of the citizen-powered investigative unit Bellingcat. The result is a documentary like no other, one that is far more thrilling and suspenseful than most Hollywood thrillers, and utterly of our times.

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