South Africa: Encounters Documentary Festival


Encounters is Africa's premier documentary festival, with 16 world premieres and 52 documentaries, including winners from the Oscars, Emmys, Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW and The European Film Awards.
•              Two of the top five best reviewed films of 2012: Marley & The Island President, fresh from their US cinema runs

•              2012 Oscar nominees Pina and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

•              Hot Docs and Berlin winner Call Me Kuchu

•              Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark, winner of The Foreign Press Association Documentary of the Year, The George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Scripps Howard Jack R. Howard Award for Television Reporting, and Amnesty International’s UK Media Awards.

•              Al Jazeera showcase

•              SXSW winning documentary on Paul Simon, the cultural boycott & Graceland

•              Doccies on big news stories like Sean Davison and Rhino Phila

•              House of Nsako doccie by SAFTA winner Steve Kewna Mokwena

•              Documentaries on Trevor Noah, Hugh & Sal Masekela

•              Tribeca-winner Connected, directed by Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain

•              New films by previous Encounters winners Bryan Little & Cliff Bestall


“We have something for everyone,” says festival director Mandisa Zitha, pointing to a bumper lineup of documentaries dealing with a wide range of topics, including the arts (Eames, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble, Noise of Cairo), gender activism (Can’t Just Fold Your Arms), sex in Africa (The Sunny Side of Sex), female circumcision (The Cut), forgiveness (One Day After Peace), sports (An Epic Tale, Breathe Again, Progress) and solutions to the shortage of rural doctors in South Africa (Healers).