SA movies to compete with Africa’s best

2011-06-11 00:00

TWO South African feature films and two documentaries will be screened for the main competition of the eighth African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT)on the southernmost tip of the Spanish coast, across the Mediterranean from Morocco, for a week from today.

The four films are: Khalo Matabane’s State of Violence, which tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered in a seemingly random act of violence; the multi-award-winning Shirley Adams, directed by Oliver Hermanus, which tells the story of a woman who loses her family to violence and poverty, but gains her sense of selfworth; Surfing Soweto, about a group of teenagers who surf moving trains in Soweto; and The Killing of the Immam, which recounts the murder of Muslim cleric, journalist and political activist Iman Abdullah Haron by apartheid police in 1969.

A total of 148 movies from 23 African countries are competing for eight awards endowed with €46 500 (R453 600).

Featuring in the non-competitive section are the South African musical Afrikaaps and an animated film The Tale of How.

FCAT is one of the biggest European festivals of African cinema, with more than 200 film-makers present at the event.

— Arts Editor.

RUNNING concurrently with the FCAT festival is the fourth Photoafrica competition, which offers African photographers €3 000 (R29 200) in prize money.

Thirteen of the 25 photographers competing in this year’s event, which has the theme “Urban Space”, are from South Africa.

Their works will be on show in Tarifa throughout the festival and after its closure will be travelling through Spanish and African cities.

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