Film festival screens Siya and Racheal Kolisi’s film

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Festival director, Ayanda Sithebe and festival, chair Lala Tuku.PHOTO: supplied
Festival director, Ayanda Sithebe and festival, chair Lala Tuku.PHOTO: supplied

The fourth edition of the Africa Rising International Film Festival (ARIFF) themed Africa In Me #MyStory will be opened by Siya and Rachel Kolisi’s film.

“We Are Dying Here” is a short South African film based on a stage production. The film is a poetic indictment of the prevalence of gender-based violence in South Africa. It is produced by Rachel and Siya Kolisi.

Festival chair Lala Tuku said the films selected for this year’s edition celebrate Africa and issues faced by everyday people on the continent.

“We seek to package African films for export to the global stage while being at the centre of driving change and being a motivating anchor that unearths authentic African stories,” said Tuku.

The festival will screen more than 30 Pan-African films. A new addition to ARIFF’s line-up this year is the Pan-African Cinema Legends Series aimed at honouring creatives who have contributed immensely to the African film industry. The inaugural honouree is a British Academy Film Award winning filmmaker and actress, Xoliswa Sithole.

The festival will close with the screening of an LGBTQI+ centered film called “I Am Samuel’’ filmed over five years in Kenya. I Am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing pressures of family loyalty, love, and safety and questioning the concept of conflicting identities.

The film was banned by the Film Classification Board in Kenya.

“A hundred years from now, ARIFF wants to make sure that we’ll be able to look back at a glorious archive of impactful African stories told by storytellers with an authentically African point of view,” said Tuku.

The festival is taking place from November 25 to November 28 online, on the festival’s website and on-site in venues across Johannesburg.


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