Bringing one-of-a-kind local films to local audiences

2012-05-21 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL film lovers are set to experience a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience next weekend when the first edition of Cosi Cosi Pop-Up Cinema makes its way to a Durban screen on May 26.

The event, presented by Durban-based creative agency Coolab, aims to bring local films to audiences that might not regularly get to experience them.

Olwethu Bandezi, co-creative director at Coolab, said the event aims to strengthen the growing culture of cinema lovers in the city.

The Cosi-Cosi Pop-Up Cinema project is part of the outreach being done by the Tri-continental Film Festival to bring human-interest films to wider audiences in South Africa.

Taking place at Colombo Coffee and Tea in Glenwood, the project will screen A Small Town Called Descent, Surfing Soweto and Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements.

Directed by Eastern Cape-born film-maker, Jahmil XT Qubeka, A Small Town Called Descent follows three Scorpion agents in the investigation of a monstrous crime in a small, isolated town.

With xenophobic attacks looming in the country, two Zimbabwean brothers and a local girl, played by Isidingo’s Hlubi Mboya, are brutally attacked and one of the brothers is killed. With the help of a strange cleric, the three Scorpion agents scheme through the small town’s complex social dynamic in pursuit of the truth.

Speaking about the multi-award-winning film, Qubeka said that this is a film that he wanted to make to document a significant scar in South African history.

“For me it was a call to arms for the xenophobic attacks that occurred in 2008,” said Qubeka. “Most South Africans didn’t have a voice or the means to express their condemnation of what happened. I chose to pick up my laptop and write,” he says.

Surfing Soweto is a coming-of-age story which follows a group of Soweto teenagers who surf moving trains. This film is directed by Sara Blecher who is also the director of Otelo Burning. The film chronicles the lives of young boys riding trains while avoiding cables with over 3 000 volts of electricity running through them.

Mama Goema profiles an ensemble of Cape Town musicians and is a soulful reflection on the role of music in the social and political life of Cape Town.

Speaking about the films that were selected, Hlongwane noted that it was important to showcase stories that were not only made in South Africa but were also reflective of local realities.

As part of a partnership with Durban International Film Fest, there will be a giveaway of two double golden tickets to new film premieres at this year’s festival which is scheduled to take place in late July. In addition, there will be food stalls available at Cosi-Cosi Pop-Up Cinema.


• Tickets are available for before the event at Colombo Coffee and Tea for R50 for all three screenings or you can book by contacting Russel Hlongwane at 073 678 1901 Russel.Hlong or Olwethu Bandezi at 072 3349 149 brandrmagazine@


• Only 250 seats are available.

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