SA films feature at African festival in southern Spain

2013-10-14 00:00

THREE South African films — Jeppe on a Friday, Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation and Nairobi Half Life — are being screened at the 10th African Film Festival of Córdoba in southern Spain this week.

Last year, the locally-made experimental and hybrid documentary film Gangster Project, by Teboho Edkins, who starred as the main character of the film, was awarded the Griot for the best documentary film.

This year, Jeppe on a Friday will compete for the Griot prize. Yesterday the film-makers, Arya Lallo (Citizen X) and Shannon Walsh (H2Oil), took part in a question and answer session following the screening at the Góngora Theatre (Polifemo screen).

Lallo and Walsh will also be attending the Film Appetisers tonight. There will be a second screening of their film, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) earlier this year, on Thursday, October 17.

In Jeppe on a Friday, the film-makers portray the lives of eight different people, from the poorest to the richest, recording a day in the life of Johannesburg. The film shows them going about their daily lives and talking about the changes that the South African economic hub is going through.

Nelson Mandela has been a constant reference in South African films. In Córdoba they have chosen to screen the documentary Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, a 1996 documentary directed by Angus Gibson and Jo Menell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

The film, which will be screened on October 17 and 19, traces Mandela’s story from his birth to his respected position as a political leader and international reference for freedom.

Last but not least, film fans will be able to see Nairobi Half Life. This is a South African production set in Kenya, which won the audience award at London Film Africa 2012.

Directed by David (Tosh) Gitonga, it will be screened tomorrow and on Friday at the Góngora Theatre.

The film tells the story of an aspiring actor who travels to Nairobi to accomplish his dream, but instead gets involved in gangs and violence that will shape his maturity as a person and an actor.

The African Film Festival of Cordoba — FCAT celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It is the only Spanish platform showcasing African and Middle Eastern cinema.

During the festival 70 films from or on Africa, made by 32 different countries, will be showcased.

During the opening ceremony, the organisers showed the making of this year’s FCAT poster made by Sudanese Dar Al Naim Mubarak-Carmona.

La vie sur terre, Life on Earth, by one of the fathers of African

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