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Beats of the Antonov wins big at Durban International Film Festival

Beats of the Antonov was a big winner at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, taking home both Best Documentary and the freedom of expression award.

The uplifting documentary is a celebration of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, who fought with the South for independence but now remain trapped in a civil war in the North.

This Young Filmmaker Wants to Make Africa's First Teen Movie

In a Q&A, Tatenda Mbudzi talks about using the silver screen to make a social impact.

Tatenda Mbudzi is tired of the way the media portrays Africa and minority actors—and he’s not alone. A new video series on YouTube, Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color, boils down lines from minority actors in feature-length films to mere seconds and recently went viral. Another video calling out how African men are portrayed in the media has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

Indiegogo Campaign Created For Doc “Generation Soweto,” Focusing On Millennials Living In South Africa

Nisa Ahmad, a producer and director, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for her documentary on South African’s millennials. Titled, Generation Soweto, Ahmad developed her project during her recent travels to the country, where she explored its youth’s culture, particularly those who were born post-apartheid.

Winx Club takes flight in South Africa

The popular animated series from Rainbow will now air across the territory with dolls hitting toy shelves in November.

Rainbow’s hit series Winx Club is heading to South Africa thanks to a new deal with ETV.

The broadcaster – one of the territory’s leading free-to-air channels – will be airing Winx Club series five and six from this month, while the launch will be accompanied with a marketing campaign across TV, press and digital media.

Al Jazeera documentary follows crowd-funded album by Congolese refugees in Malawi

Trésor and the Camp Musicians premieres on Al Jazeera English on Sunday, 19 July 2015 at 2330 CAT. The documentary tells the inspiring story of Trésor Nzengu Mpauni (aka Menes), who successfully crowd-funded a collaborative album between leading Malawian musicians and Congolese refugees - all from a refugee camp in Malawi where the 20 000 inhabitants aren’t legally allowed to work, or even to leave the camp without permission.

ZIFF 2015 announces Award Winners

ZIFF 2015 awarded a host of prizes to top films from around the world this evening during a stellar closing ceremony at the Old Fort in Stone Town. Festival Director Dr. Martin Mhando had this to say of the selection of films at ZIFF 2015, the level of films this year has surpasses our wildest expectations and many members of the jury have remarked on the quality of the films.

JAB Drama set in the World of Competitive Women's Boxing

JAB is a gritty, uplifting coming-of-age drama set in the world of competitive boxing, experienced through the eyes of a young black woman from Langa.

Full ZIFF Schedule Announced

The Zanzibar International Film Festival, taking place from July 18 – 26th has officially announced its full schedule and programme of events. This year sees an incredible selection of over eighty films being screened at four venues in Stone Town, in addition to screenings in villages across Zanzibar island and Pemba.

A full workshop programme, nightly music concerts, special screenings as well as annual Women’s Parade and Market as well as The Dhow Race will round out an incredible schedule for ZIFF 2015.

Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

To mark a decade of bringing the best surfing films to Durban, the Wavescape Surf Film Festival has announced a record line-up of 23 movies over a week at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from July 16 to 26.

Every conceivable film technique and technology is represented in an extraordinary selection of films, according to Spike from Wavescape, co-director of the Wavescape festival. “We have some excellent documentaries, including the hair-raising story of the Signal Hill Speed Run in California that started downhill skateboard racing.”

‘Ayanda,’ A New Girl Power-Themed Coming-Of-Age Film From South Africa

Ayanda is a forthcoming South African coming-of-age story whose title character embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the male-dominated world of auto repair. The film’s synopsis describes Ayanda as a “21-year old Afro-hipster” who fights to preserve her father’s auto repair shop from being sold eight years after his death. As she handles the business of reviving the shop, Ayanda must come to terms with her father’s legacy and her own personal growth.

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