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SOUTH AFRICA AT 20: THE FREEDOM TOUR is the name of a truly ground breaking season of South African films that will screen in cinemas across the UK from October 2014 to February 2015. A high quality programme of 11 titles will showcase brand new work alongside re-mastered classics by a diverse group of hugely talented South African filmmakers, some of whom will be visiting the UK to introduce their own films and to host post-screening discussions. Venues include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, London Albany, Hackney Picturehouse, Cambridge Picturehouse, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Birmingham mac, Cardigan Mwldan, Bangor Pontio, Bracknell South Hill Park, Swansea Taliesin, Newcastle Tyneside Cinema, Bristol Watershed and many more.


Says SA at 20 director and executive producer Lizelle Bisschoff (left):“South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour will bring a hugely exciting selection of South African cinema, past and present, to audiences all over the UK. The timing could not be more appropriate; South Africa is celebrating its second decade of democracy and freedom this year, and the eyes of the world are on this young nation. “With Mandela’s sad passing in December last year, the country is now forced to tackle its future head-on; to learn from the wisdoms and mistakes of the past, and to listen to the voices, young and old, that advocate for a better, brighter future. Film has become a primary creative tool for expressing the realities, hopes and dreams of this rainbow nation, and the selection of films in The Freedom Tour is as diverse as the colours of the country itself. From previously banned anti-apartheid classics and probing contemporary documentaries, to gritty dramas and world-class animation, The Freedom Tour will tell the stories of South Africa in all their diversity.”

All the films chosen for South Africa at 20 – fiction and documentary – depict the history, cultures and stories of South Africa and are grouped in three themes:  

Freedom Struggles:

  • Come Back, Africa (Dir: Lionel Rogosin, 1959)
  • 1994: The Bloody Miracle (Dir: Meg Rickards, 2013)
  • Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (Abby Ginzberg)

Post-apartheid Challenges:

  • Four Corners (Dir: Ian Gabriel, 2014)
  • Life Above All (Dir: Oliver Schmitz, 2011)
  • Miners Shot Down (Dir: Rehad Desai. 2014)
  • Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (Dir: Khalo Matabane, 2014)

Young South African Voices:

  • Felix (Dir: Roberta Durrant, 2013)
  • Future Sounds of Mzansi (Dir: Spoek Mathambo & Lebogang Rasethaba, 2014)
  • Hear Me Move (Dir: Scottnes L. Smith, 2014)
  • Khumba (Dir: Anthony Silverston, 2013)

October screenings:

October 12th                        Birmingham mac                               Life Above All

October 13th                        Swansea Taliesin                              Dear Mandela, Felix
October 14th                        Hereford Courtyard                         White Wedding
October 15th-18th             London Albany                  The African Cypher, Tsotsi, Khumba, Sea Point Days
October 19th                        London Stratford East PictureHouse    The African Cypher, The Future
Sounds of Mzansi
October 20th-22nd            Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre       1994: Bloody Miracle, Tsotsi, Four Corners,
Life Above All
October 24th                        Hereford Courtyard                         Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me
October 24th-25th             Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre       Siliva the Zulu, Felix, Hear Me Move
October 25th 26th              Edinburgh Filmhouse                     Come Back Africa, Khumba, Siliva the Zulu
October 25th-27th            Bracknell South Hill Park             Felix, Khumba, Come Back Africa, Mpantsula
October 27th                        Aberystwyth Arts Centre             Dear Mandela, Four Corners
October 29th                        Edinburgh Filmhouse                     Four Corners
October 30th                        Glasgow Film Theatre                    Khumba

The season will also include one-off screenings of a further 14 titles including the 2006 Oscar winning Tsotsi, the multi-award winning documentary Dear Mandela, the brilliant 1987 Mapantsula directed by the then 27 year old Oliver Schmitz, the fascinating 2010 documentary Surfing Soweto about trains rather than waves, and the hilarious romantic comedy White Wedding which was South Africa’s official submission to the 82nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Marking the 20th anniversary of democratic elections in South Africa, SA At 20: The Film Tour

is a collaboration between the five African film festivals in the UK:

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland

Film Africa in London

Afrika Eye in Bristol

Watch-Africa in Wales

Cambridge African Film Festival


Directors Meg Rickards, Ian Gabriel, Khalo Matabane, Scottness L Smith, and choreographer Paul Modjadji

Will be visiting the UK to introduce their films and take part in talks, workshops and discussions.

Meg Rickards is the director of 1994: The Bloody Miracle, a chilling look at how those who were determined to derail democracy in South Africa 20 years ago have made an uneasy peace with the Rainbow Nation.

Screenings: (venue) November 1st, Cambridge/November 3rd, Glasgow/November 4th, Edinburgh/November 5th

Ian Gabriel is the director of Four Corners, a high-octane, multi-thread coming of age crime drama set in the unique and volatile South African prison and gangland subculture of the Cape Flats townships.

Screenings: Cambridge/November 5th, Glasgow/November 6th, (venue)/November 7th

Khalo Matabane, director of Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, asks global thinkers, Apartheid-victims and Mandela’s entourage to classify Nelson Mandela’s achievements, thereby providing a multi-faceted approach to his myth.

Screenings: Edinburgh/November 6th, (venue)/November 7th-9th, (venue)/November 9th

Scottness Smith is the director and Paul Modjadji the choreographer of the highly entertaining Hear Me Move in which Muzi, the son of a pantsula dancer (the highly energetic dance form that originated in the black suburbs of South Africa during the Apartheid era) embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Screenings: Glasgow/November 5th, (venue)/November 7th and 8th.

Other standout titles include Come Back Africa co-written, directed and produced by Lionel Rogosin in 1959. Shot clandestinely and featuring, among others, a young Miriam Makeba, this film brings to life the injustices of the apartheid system in a unique way. It remains a work of historical and cultural importance by preserving the unique heritage of the townships of South Africa in the 1950s.

Miners Shot Down by director Rehad Desai commemorates the terrible events of 2012 when mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began an isolated fight against the combined forces of the mine owners, Lonmin. The strike ended in one of the most brutal tragedies of the post-apartheid era.

Khumba directed by Anthony Silverston is about a half-striped zebra who leaves home in search of the magic waterhole that will cure his anomaly. This colourful animation features the voices of Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E. Grant, and Liam Neeson.

Publicity:             judy.lipsey@premiercomms.com or Robbie.wilson@premiercomms.com


Check all the information in the official website: http://safilmtour.uk and download the flyer.  Publicity:             judy.lipsey@premiercomms.com or Robbie.wilson@premiercomms.com

Over 10 films and a South African focus


The longest running African film festival in the UK returns to the city of Cambridge from 1 to 9 November, showcasing more than ten films from a variety of countries, including South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon and Nigeria. The Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) opens with Timbuktu, by one of the leading lights of African cinema, Abderrahmane Sissako, which impressed the audiences at Cannes 2014.

True to its original goals, CAFF 2014 aims to show the best of contemporary African films, increase understanding and awareness of African and black culture in the UK, and build a UK audience in the beautiful city of Cambridge for African filmmakers, while offering an important counterbalance to the Western media’s stereotyping of Africa. Most screenings are followed by a Q&A, either with the director, or students and academics at the University of Cambridge. In collaboration with The Humanitarian Centre, there is also a panel discussion showcasing various projects aimed at empowering young Africans through film.

This year CAFF has joined forces with other UK African film festivals to put together, for the first time ever, a touring season called ‘South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour’, marking the 20th anniversary of democracy in the country. Thanks to its participation in this exciting tour, which is a partnership between the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the British Council, CAFF is screening a rich selection of South African titles, from 1994: The Bloody Miracle, a compelling documentary, presented by director Meg Rickards, that immerses us in the context of the first democratic elections in South Africa; to the fresh and first ever South African street dance film, Hear Me Move, a vibrant portrayal of contemporary youth that closes the Festival and is followed by a live performance by South African singer Joyce Moholoagae. The festival line-up explores other themes, such as oppression, migration and the arts, and pays tribute to young filmmaker Bakary Diallo, who passed away in the tragic crash of Air Algérie Flight 5017. CAFF also highlights work by women filmmakers, inviting debut Nigerian-British director Destiny Ekaragha to speak at the screening of her comedy Gone Too Far.

Not only a celebration of film, CAFF is hosting a free seminar at the Fitzwilliam Museum on ‘Africa & Photography’, led by Spanish artist Javier Hirschfeld, whose exhibition ‘Más Morena’, adapting Spanish art to Senegalese subjects, will be at the Arts Picturehouse for the whole month of November. There will also be a workshop on South African popular songs as well as live music at the opening and closing of the festival.

CAFF is sponsored by Trinity Collegeand the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge. CAFF has also received strong support from prestigious organisations such as the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and the Cambridge Film Trust, the French Society at Trinity College, Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Centre of African Studies at the University of London, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Key Travel, The Humanitarian Centre, and the African Society of Cambridge University.

The main venues for the festival are the Arts Picturehouse and the Winstanley Lecture Theatre at Trinity College. Tickets are on sale as of Friday 3 October.



The Cambridge African Film Festival is back! The longest-running annual African film festival in the UK will celebrate its 13th edition from 1-9 November, offering the best of contemporary African films.

This year all African Film Festivals in the UK will be celebrating the 20 years of democracy in South Africa, in a tour named ‘South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour’, offering a rich selection of South African films and documentaries. Other than this, CAFF will host a focus on migration, with engaging screenings followed by discussions with guests and academics, and a wide range of films from multiple African continents. For one week, the city of Cambridge will travel to Africa through the lens of African filmmakers, in an environment of discussions and celebration, with music, a photographic exhibition and much more! Must-see!

This festival is supported by Cambridge Film Trust, Cambridge Art Picturehouse, Trinity College, The Centre of African Studies of the University of Cambridge, as well as the French Society at Trinity College, The African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU), The Humanitarian Centre, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Faculty of Education (University of Cambridge), Key Travel and Cambridge-Africa Programme.

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