DStv rival StarSat goes offline

Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon.

StarSat subscribers have called TechCentral, complaining that they have not been able to contact the company through its call centre or through e-mail.

In a terse statement sent to TechCentral, StarSat says simply that it is “experiencing technical issues”.

Banda TV picks up “Love Lab” for Angola and Mozambique

Banda TV has commissioned 60 episodes of the reality dating show Love Lab to air in Angola and Mozambique. The deal marks the Israeli company’s first commissions from those countries.

The original version of Love Lab was produced by Abot-Hameiri and aired on Israel’s Channel 10. In the series, one bachelor, his three best friends and 14 single women live in a mansion cut off from the outside world in a bid to find love.

Hassan Hajjaj To Premiere Documentary About Badass Moroccan ‘Henna Girl’

After two years of working on a Marrakesh-set documentary project, Moroccan pop art photographer/filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj will soon unveil his new documentary, A Day In The Life Of Karima: A Henna Girl. In the lead-up to the film’s world premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in May, Hajjaj has shared a high adrenaline trailer and an accompanying music video for an artist by the name of Koma. From the short clip, the film looks to be a live action version of Hajjaj’s iconic Kesh Angels photographs of Moroccan biker women.

IMAX Expands Partnership with Ster-Kinekor, Bringing Number of IMAX Theatres to Six in Under Two Years

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia (Pty) Ltd., has announced an agreement for two additional IMAX® theatres.  The first IMAX theatre will be added to the exhibitor's upcoming multiplex at the Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, with a second to be added to an existing multiplex at the Cradlestone Mall in Johannesburg. The deal brings Ster-Kinekor's IMAX footprint to six theatres with three currently open in Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town and another slated to open in Johannesburg.

Award-winning filmmaker explores her family's dark colonial past in Rwanda

The multi-award-winning Greetings From The Colony premieres on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 20h00 GMT / 22h00 CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera's observational documentary strand.

In Greetings From The Colony, Belgian filmmaker Nathalie Borgers explores a family mystery, kept secret for 80 years: her mixed-race aunt she didn't know existed.

Local family comedy opens with R1.2m at the box office!

Johannesburg - Quirky new comedy, Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente, earned R1 219 664 on its opening weekend. By the close of business on the long weekend, more than 35 000 people had seen the film.

It held onto position number five on the Industry Top Ten behind Hollywood blockbusters Fast & Furious 7,  Cinderella, Home, and Insurgent, and remained ahead of another local film, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, which took sixth place on the Top Ten.

Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever'

I'm happy to see this short work finally making its way online for all to see - we first mentioned it on this blog in late 2012 when it had just kicked off its international film festival travels, taking it to countless destinations all over the world, winning acclaim along the way.

Azam Media inks USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with FKF

African pay-TV operator Azam Media, has signed a three year USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League to broadcast league matches live, the Standard reported. Azam Media CEO Rhys Torrington said the operator will broadcast the first league match on 28 March. Thereafter, it will broadcast two matches a week for the duration of the league. The agreement also provides for FKF to allow a local free to air station rights to transmit two matches every week.

AKON to Crown Airtel TRACE Music Stars Winner in Kenya

With more than 2.3 million calls made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, Airtel TRACE Music Star is by far the biggest music competition to ever take place on the African continent.

During a 6-month-selection process in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon, tens of thousands candidates had to demonstrate their skills and talent in their native land.

Idris Elba Documentary ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’ To Premiere In April



A forthcoming documentary will center on Idris Elba‘s preparation for the part of Nelson Mandela, the South African music project that resulted, and the British actor’s relationship with his late father. The 60-minute Mandela, My Dad and Me follows the Beasts Of No Nation star on a “journey of self-exploration,” beginning in South Africa in 2013 to shoot Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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