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What to look out for at the Durban International Film Festival

The 36th annual Durban International Film Festival (Diff), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, starts on Thursday and it’s sure to be a cracker. ZILUNGILE MNISI rounds up five films you should make a point of seeing at the festival this year.

Ayanda
This South African film is about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery as she sets out to revive, and hold onto, her late father’s garage business. Directed by Sara Blecher, of Otello Burning fame, and starring Fulu Mugovhani the film revolves around Ayanda’s quest to operate in a man’s world, to hold onto her memories of her father and honour his legacy.

Impunity
Described as a “post-apartheid noir thriller”, Impunity, directed by Jyoti Mistry, follows a detective and a police officer as they investigate the murder of a cabinet minister’s daughter. The film shows the political struggle between the two, as one aims to secure a swift conviction to protect his politically powerful masters, while the other just wants justice. This film was selected for screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Boda Boda Thieves

Set in Uganda, The Boda Boda Thieves is about a young boy’s search for his father’s stolen motorbike in busy Kampala. This film is inspired by the 1948 film, The Bicycle Thief, by Vittorio de Sica. Directed by Donald Mugisha, the film gives viewers an insight into life in urban Uganda.

Glory game

Director Odette Schwegler documents rugby great Joost van der Westhuizen’s struggle with Motor Nueron disease. The film shows Van Der Westernhuizen’s rise as a rugby player, his diagnosis and how he since coped in the face of a life-limiting illness.

Miners Shot Down

In the painfully moving Miners Shot Down, director Rehad Desai combines interviews with never before seen security and television footage to piece together the events of the seven days leading up to the Marikana massacre. Despite being released more than a year ago, it is still the film every South African should see.

– Featured image: Durban International Film Festival (supplied).

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