June 16-22, 2016
In its 37th edition, the Durban International Film Festival has become one of the leading showcases for independent African and international films, presenting over 200 screenings. Honouring the rich, ever-evolving language of African cinema, the festival will screen 101 feature-length films, 50 African films, including 17 fiction films and nine documentaries, and 24 South African films, including 10 fiction films and 14 documentaries. The festival’s program will include more than 90 short films, most of them African and South African films. This year, DIFF has also partnered with Festival Scope Pro, an online platform dedicated to film professionals and film producers who will present a selection of films at the festival.
Payal Sethi-directed short film Leeches has been shortlisted by the festival as an entry from India. The film, set in Hyderabad, is based on a girl named Raisa, who is trying to save her younger sister from a contract marriage. Raisa lives with her ammi and three younger sisters, and when her mother promises her 13-year-old daughter, Zainab, in marriage to a foreign businessman, Raisa decides that she must rescue her little sister.
Watch Out For
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Directed by Jolynn Minnaar and Sean Metelerkamp, the film is set in 2014 and chronicles the free-wheeling journey of three South African photographers – Sean Metelerkamp, Sipho Mpongo and Wikus De Wet – across the country as they explore the current state of South Africa. The film answers several questions relating to the state of the country with a kaleidoscopic set of responses that is disturbing, beautiful, thought-provoking and surreal. The film shows underlying demons of the country’s troubled national soul but also its deep and profound beauty with the help of technology.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
The Space In Between – Marina Abramovic And Brazil
This Marco Del Fiol directorial is a story of Marina Abramovic, who has travelled through Brazil in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration. She experiences sacred rituals and explores the relationship between art, immateriality and consciousness. A mix of a road movie and a spiritual thriller, the documentary brings an unprecedented approach to the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of her time.