2013 Festival Schedule

 

UMSL, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA
The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, Philadelphia, PA, USA
IRepresent International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA


UMSL, Missouri History Museum
St. Louis, MO, USA
Friday, March 1st, 2013
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Takeo: A Percussionist with Down Syndrome 76m
    Takashi Tokida (Japan)
    An inspirational documentary about a young Japanese musician with Down Syndrome. Takeo Niikura has always loved music and socially interacts with people through the power of music. Having attempted several instruments through his development, Takeo had found a love for African drumming after having participated in an African drumming workshop in elementary school. Now 24 years old and with many performances under his belt, Takeo finally achieved his long-held dream by signing up for a drumming workshop in Senegal, the homeland of his beloved instrument. The documentary follows his development as a musician as well as an individual. Takeo's enthusiasm for music is inspirational, and his journey unforgettable.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Wild West of Namibia 47m
    David Whalen (USA)
    The documentary film explores the desolation of Namibia, the great and eerie Skeleton Coast, the shipwrecks there (specifically the Dunedin Star), the souls of the dead diamond hunters on her shores, and the history of the diamond rush at the turn of the century. Inland discoveries include the elusive hermit Flip Stander, who has lived in the desert among the desert lions. After a surreptitious border crossing into Angola we learn of the Himba people, their matriarchal society, their tragic past, the infamous German General, Lother Von Trotha, who nearly decimated them in what is considered a precursor to the Nazi Genocide, as well as their future struggles in preventing a hydroelectric dam from ruining their lands and way of life.
  • Holyland 53m
    Anna Somershaf (Israel)
    'Holyland' tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn't deal with for many years.
  • One Day After Peace 86m
    Erez Laufer, Miri Laufer (South Africa, Israel)
    Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South-Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialog with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in overcoming years of enmity. This thought-provoking journey, through South Africa past and present and through the cooperation of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents shows Robi and the viewers that even from a place of deep personal pain one can see a glimmer of hope and a possibility of a better future.
6:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison.  They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • Mbekk Mi 54m
    Sophie Bachelier (France)
    Mbekke Mi, two words of Wolof which evoke the clandestine emigration. The expression beats, echoing the pirogues which throw themselves against the ocean waves and which are often wrecked at the end of their journeying. But Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. If these young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against so many perils, it's in hope of finding a better life. But what happens on the other side of the disaster? The 'wretched of the sea' leave their loved ones behind - their wives, their mothers. It is these women's unique voiced that are heard in this documentary. Speaking straight to the camera with stark intimacy, we can hear their moving and dignified voices.
  • Flare 10m
    Creative Artistic (Netherlands)
    An intimate look at the life of a Dutch woman suffering from an extreme case of Lupus. We meet Ida and follow her through day to day life, from long train rides seeking medical help to the intimacies of her past in this monochromatic short film. As though from a first person observer, we hope to better understand a less than popular disease and the effects of its affliction.
  • My Mother's Club 60m
    Rodney Thompson (USA)
    A documentary film that centers on African American women's social clubs in Kansas City during the late 1940's,1950's, and 1960's. Segregation was the rule in America during these eras and its practice and acceptance gave rise to as well as proliferation of a separate African American social clubs. These clubs played an integral role in all aspects of social life and well-being of the community, from hosting spectacular parties and social functions to supporting the civil rights movement. This captivating story is told in a series of interviews through the eyes of the daughters of these women, through interviews with remaining club members and with cultural historians. The discussions focus on the impact of these clubs on Kansas City's African American community through their social activities, volunteerism, and social activism.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Panel Discussion
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)
    A film about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafontain, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Q & A Session
    ...with the film director, Mr. Mika Kaurismaki and Mr. Nelson Lumumba Lee, Mariam Makeba's Grandson
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • I am Gay and Muslim 59m
    Chris Belloni (Netherlands)
    This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that these gay men struggle with or have overcome in the past.
  • Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution 91m
    Deborah Riley Draper (USA)
    Not many moments in life change the course of history; break the mold; shatter the status quo and usher in a paradigm shift. On a chilly night in November 1973, such a moment happened. The 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own- a fashion statement. The legendary event pitting the five lions of French couture with five top American designers for industry dominance created a cross-stitch of change across fashion, race, business and catwalks. The Americans claimed victory. Their secret weapon: great clothes and bold and beautiful black models sashaying down the royal runway. They turned heads and stole the show. The extraordinary evening left an unforgettable imprint on the fashion industry while changing the course of the fashion industry.
The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Santiago is Santiago (Santiago es Santiago) 70m
    Warren Haack (Cuba, USA)
    Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot. Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the Commercialized World of American Mass Media! In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on its own. In 2010, the filmmaker traveled to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
  • African Drum, Beyond the Beat 48m
    Tariq Richards (United Kingdom, South Africa)
    'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' is a portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses an ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum's social functions range from uses in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to it more contemporary uses by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social.
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Flare 10m
    Creative Artistic (Netherlands)
    An intimate look at the life of a Dutch woman suffering from an extreme case of Lupus. We meet Ida and follow her through day to day life, from long train rides seeking medical help to the intimacies of her past in this monochromatic short film. As though from a first person observer, we hope to better understand a less than popular disease and the effects of its affliction.
  • Mbekk Mi 54m
    Sophie Bachelier (France)
    Mbekke Mi, two words of Wolof which evoke the clandestine emigration. The expression beats, echoing the pirogues which throw themselves against the ocean waves and which are often wrecked at the end of their journeying. But Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. If these young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against so many perils, it's in hope of finding a better life. But what happens on the other side of the disaster? The 'wretched of the sea' leave their loved ones behind - their wives, their mothers. It is these women's unique voiced that are heard in this documentary. Speaking straight to the camera with stark intimacy, we can hear their moving and dignified voices.
  • Shokran, Toni12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • Holyland 53m
    Anna Somershaf (Israel)
    'Holyland' tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn't deal with for many years.
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
  • The Thing That Happened 20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary School. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan Universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)
    A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafonte, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael (a.k.a. Kwame Ture) in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Songs of Redemption 78m
    Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)
    The documentary reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. As one inmate clearly states, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.
  • Wolf Call 12m
    Rob Underhill (USA)
    It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now... WOLF CALL (12 Best Film Awards), is the true-story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
  • Thirteen Percent 85m
    Art Jones (USA)
    The documentary takes a probing look at how and why 13 percent of the total US population (African-Americans) now accounts for 50 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. It tells the stories of individuals representing the hardest-hit segments - men who have sex with men, women aged 25-44 and youth - and shares the perspective of the experts on the driving factors behind the epidemic. Sharing their hard-won lessons are politicians, physicians, academicians, clergy, journalists and, of course, individuals living with the infection. In the spotlight is a continuing culture of stigma and silence - exacerbated by a new complacency as AIDS becomes a chronic disease instead of a death sentence. It concludes with thoughts about how to change the trajectory of this disease, starting with each individual.
IRepresent International Documentary Film Festival
Lagos, Nigeria
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
4:30 PM
  • From Queens to Cairo 57m
    Sherif Sadek (USA)
    When the Egyptian Revolution started back in January 2011, many Egyptians abroad were unable to leave their jobs and families to return to Cairo to participate in that popular attempt to shake off autocracy in Egypt. This film is about an Egyptian American who takes his family back to his native Cairo, one year after the Egyptian Revolution. He is determined to see for himself the challenges that lie ahead on the road to democracy. His travels take him from Tahrir Square to the insides of cabs and slums’ discussing the future of the country but also the major events of the previous years, as a way to understand how the country arrived at the state it was in, one year later.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
2:50 PM
  • Mbekk Mi 54m
    Sophie Bachelier (France)
    Mbekke Mi, two words of Wolof which evoke the clandestine emigration. The expression beats, echoing the pirogues which throw themselves against the ocean waves and which are often wrecked at the end of their journeying. But Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. If these young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against so many perils, it's in hope of finding a better life. But what happens on the other side of the disaster? The 'wretched of the sea' leave their loved ones behind - their wives, their mothers. It is these women's unique voiced that are heard in this documentary. Speaking straight to the camera with stark intimacy, we can hear their moving and dignified voices.
8:00 PM
  • Holyland 53m
    Anna Somershaf (Israel)
    'Holyland' tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn't deal with for many years.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
10:10 AM
  • Presentation- Documentary Films and The African Diaspora
    Professor Niyi Coker, Director of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival
11:00 AM
  • The Road to Freedom Peak 89m
    Max Pugh (United Kingdom, Australia)
    Jonathan Okwir was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda when he was ten years old and forced into the jungle to be trained as a child soldier. Corrin Varady is a philanthropist and activist who is working to help children like Jonathan re-join their communities. Together, they embark on an adventurous trek across East Africa from the border of South Sudan, through Uganda and Tanzania en route to Africa's highest point - Freedom Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. To Africans, Mount Kilimanjaro is revered as a symbol of independence and hope. For Jonathan, the Road To Freedom Peak becomes an extraordinary journey to forgiveness and redemption
3:50 PM
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
4:20 PM
  • The Thing That Happened20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary school. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
7:00 PM
  • Salut Y’all 16m
    Boukary Sawadogo (USA, Burkina Faso)
    A documentary about the personal and professional experience of African teachers teaching French in Louisiana, USA. The film raises the question not only of French heritage of Louisiana, but also the future of French in a context of economic crisis. The film also addresses the issue around the personal decision of the African teachers, whether they intend to return to Africa to establish their own schools.
8:30 PM
  • Lost Boy Home 40m
    Mark Barger Elliott (USA)
    Zachariah Char, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” featured in The New York Times, returns to South Sudan and his home village of Duk Padiet to search for his mother and father 24 years after fleeing the country during a brutal civil war. The story resonates with everyone who struggles to find and connect with their father and mother and to feel at home in the world.
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
12:40 PM
  • The One Who Builds 37m
    Hillary Pierce, Nick Gooler, Peter Carolla (USA)
    TVs around America light up every night with the news of people displaced by war, famine and political unrest. The struggles of refugees are often seen as a distant problem, a world away from the living rooms of America and only a click away from something more entertaining. What Americans often do not realize is that some of these displaced persons are their neighbors. “The One Who Builds” is about the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is giving back as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina. Omer has transcended boundaries dictated by society, race and religion to build a new village, one friendship at a time.
1:20 PM
  • Rwanda - 17: Healing a Nation 63m
    Claudio von Planta (United Kingdom, Rwanda)
    The Documentary captures the story of rising Rwandan football stars who qualified to compete at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Born just after the 1994 genocide, these young players - more than half of them orphaned by war - show how discipline, determination and uncompromising team spirit leads to the success that can inspire a nation to reconcile and recover from a murderous past. Presented by award winning Sierra Leone reporter Sorious Samura, the story of these young players represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.
University of Yaoundé
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Monday, April 8th, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Opening Reception
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Atalaku (Town Criers) 62m
    Dieudo Hamadi (France)
    Atalaku offers an inside view into Congo’s 2011 presidential elections. Gaylor, a struggling pastor, has sold his services and become a “crier” to drum up support for the highest paying candidate. The documentary captures the fray of Gaylor’s attempt to mobilize voters. He recruits a group of local youth living in a cemetery to compose a tune to a candidate they do not even know, and engages citizens in the streets. The elections are chaos. Congo’s vast poverty besieges the polls, but immediately thereafter, life resumes and the tombstones remain.
  • Voices 52m
    Joachim Landau (France)
    The new voices of South African cinema speak about the future of their industry. The documentary focuses on the renewal of the sector, the South African style and identity, issues and goals.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Discussion Session
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Holyland 53m
    Anna Somershaf (Israel)
    'Holyland' tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn't deal with for many years.
  • Mbekk Mi 54m
    Sophie Bachelier (France)
    Mbekke Mi, two words of Wolof which evoke the clandestine emigration. The expression beats, echoing the pirogues which throw themselves against the ocean waves and which are often wrecked at the end of their journeying. But Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. If these young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against so many perils, it's in hope of finding a better life. But what happens on the other side of the disaster? The 'wretched of the sea' leave their loved ones behind - their wives, their mothers. It is these women's unique voiced that are heard in this documentary. Speaking straight to the camera with stark intimacy, we can hear their moving and dignified voices.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Velingara Théâtre 56m
    Javier Jarillo, Javier Arcos (Spain)
    In Velingara, southern Senegal, a group of teenagers struggle to do theater. To go on stage and be part of the trip that will take them through the region of Casamance, they must fight against their fears and their own families, choosing between tradition and modernity.
  • We Rise & Fall 22m
    Dan Duran, Hiyam Abousaid, Katie Chilson, Malayika Lemoine, Ruth Paul, Serena Felsher (Ghana)
    In the summer of 2011, a group of filmmakers set out for Ghana, West Africa to document what they thought to be a legitimate and effective non-governmental organization (NGO) known as Ga Gbeke Bii in the hopes of bringing attention to the struggles of Ghanaian street children. What they found, however, was a crisis far more hidden and far less addressed. We Rise and Fall welcomes you on a journey with the children of Ga Gbeke Bii through the good and the bad, to discover both the possibilities of successful NGOs and the dangers of unregulated NGOs so that we may join together to find a solution.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Discussion SessionDiscussion Session
3:15 PM – 6:15 PM
  • Songs of Redemption 78m
    Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)
    The film reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. For these prisoners, as described by one inmate, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.
  • Kinshasa Symphony 95m
    laus Wischmann (Germany)
    Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth – Freude schöner Götterfunken. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keeps them going. “Kinshasa Symphony” is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavor, a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Democratic Republic of Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Rwanda - 17: Healing a Nation 63m
    Claudio von Planta (United Kingdom, Rwanda)
    The Documentary captures the story of rising Rwandan football stars who qualified to compete at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Born just after the 1994 genocide, these young players - more than half of them orphaned by war - show how discipline, determination and uncompromising team spirit leads to the success that can inspire a nation to reconcile and recover from a murderous past. Presented by award winning Sierra Leone reporter Sorious Samura, the story of these young players represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.
  • Standing at the Touchlines 52m
    Ashley Morrison (Australia)
    'The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game they should be playing,' wrote activist Steve Biko before his death in 1977. He was referring to life under apartheid in South Africa, but the statement was also true when it came to football. Football is a key part of African Life; it is a sport that brings the people together; A sport that gave them their independence. However, would South Africa hosting the World Cup bond a continent? 'Standing at the Touchlines' travels through Africa during the World Cup in 2010 to find out.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Women of the African Great Lakes (Africaines Des Grands Lacs)53m
    Claire Duguet (France)
    A moving and committed trip into the heart of the African Great Lakes region, regularly aflame since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Eight women have all accepted to pose for the French artist Titouan Lamazou and to confide to the camera. They tell us their stories of the massacre, the exodus and the rapes committed both by the rebels and the regular army soldiers, without ever giving up their hope.
  • Miriam's Struggle (Ingxaki ká Nobesuthu) 10m
    Jeffrey Hunter (USA)
    Nobesuthu (Miriam) is a South African Xhosa woman who only wants to find her way out of poverty. Now she sits down and openly tells her story, all the while highlighting the problems that have plagued many of her fellow citizens. Pulling no punches, this charismatic domestic woman will fill your heart with warmth, laughter, and overpowering strength that will leave you with nothing but heartfelt admiration for her and her struggle.
  • Guerrilla Grannies 80m
    Ike Bertels (Belgium, Mozambique, Netherlands)
    For ten years three guerrilla girls were fighting for freedom in Mozambique against Portuguese rule. Years ago, director Ike Bertels saw a BBC film about the liberation army - FRELIMO. She was touched by Monica, Maria and Amelia, who had made the choice to fight. Ike found them, learned Portuguese, and filmed them time and again in 1984, 1994 and up to now. She showed to what extent ideals from the revolution did shape Mozambique. Today the grannies struggle with their children and grandchildren. How to mix ideals about education or the role of women in society with the upcoming globalized world?
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Words of Witness71m
    Mai Iskander (USA)
    Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.
  • From Queens to Cairo 57m
    Sherif Sadek (USA)
    When the Egyptian Revolution started back in January 2011, many Egyptians abroad were unable to leave their jobs and families to return to Cairo to participate in that popular attempt to shake off autocracy in Egypt. This film is about an Egyptian American who takes his family back to his native Cairo, one year after the Egyptian Revolution. He is determined to see for himself the challenges that lie ahead on the road to democracy. His travels take him from Tahrir Square to the insides of cabs and slums’ discussing the future of the country but also the major events of the previous years, as a way to understand how the country arrived at the state it was in, one year later.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Santiago is Santiago (Santiago es Santiago)XXm
    Warren Haack (Cuba, USA)
    Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot. Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the Commercialized World of American Mass Media! In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on its own. In 2010, the filmmaker traveled to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
  • African Drum, Beyond the Beat 48m
    Tariq Richards (United Kingdom, South Africa)
    'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' is a portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses an ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum's social functions range from uses in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to it more contemporary uses by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • The Wild West of Namibia 47m
    David Whalen (USA)
    The documentary film explores the desolation of Namibia, the great and eerie Skeleton Coast, the shipwrecks there, the souls of the dead diamond hunters on her shores, and the history of the diamond rush at the turn of the century. Inland discoveries include the elusive hermit Flip Stander, who has lived in the desert among the desert lions. After a surreptitious border crossing into Angola we learn of the Himba people, their matriarchal society, their tragic past, the infamous German General, Lother Von Trotha, who nearly decimated them in what is considered a precursor to the Nazi Genocide, as well as their future struggles in preventing a hydroelectric dam from ruining their lands and way of life.
  • The Road to Freedom Peak 89m
    Max Pugh (United Kingdom, Australia)
    Jonathan Okwir was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda when he was ten years old and forced into the jungle to be trained as a child soldier. Corrin Varady is a philanthropist and activist who is working to help children like Jonathan re-join their communities. Together, they embark on an adventurous trek across East Africa from the border of South Sudan, through Uganda and Tanzania en route to Africa's highest point - Freedom Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. To Africans, Mount Kilimanjaro is revered as a symbol of independence and hope. For Jonathan, the Road To Freedom Peak becomes an extraordinary journey to forgiveness and redemption
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Takeo: A Percussionist with Down Syndrome 76m
    Takashi Tokida (Japan)
    An inspirational film about a young Japanese musician with Down Syndrome. Takeo Niikura has always loved music and socially interacts with people through the power of music. Having attempted several instruments through his development, Takeo had found a love for African drumming after having participated in a drumming workshop in elementary school. Now 24 years old and with many performances under his belt, he finally achieved his long-held dream by signing-up for a drumming workshop in Senegal, the homeland of his beloved instrument. The documentary follows his development as a musician as well as an individual. Takeo’s enthusiasm for music is inspirational, and his journey unforgettable.
  • The Thing That Happened 20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary school. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
  • Salut Y'all 16m
    Boukary Sawadogo (USA, Burkina Faso)
    A documentary about the personal and professional experience of African teachers teaching French in Louisiana, USA. The film raises the question not only of French heritage of Louisiana, but also the future of French in a context of economic crisis. The film also addresses the issue around the personal decision of the African teachers, whether they intend to return to Africa to establish their own schools.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Discussion Session
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Hibana 70m
    Ameer Muhammad (USA)
    A Documentary film about an American man that travels to the Dominican Republic. He does not know Spanish but is introduced to a Dominican woman and they fall for each other. They each have two children and now a new girl (Hibana) on the way. The audience learns the Dominican culture through following this very unique family as he learns Spanish and is introduced to an entire new way of life. She incorporates his Islamic faith with her beliefs and Catholic culture. The film has a dramatic twist that is sure to surprise all.
  • I am Gay and Muslim 59m
    Chris Belloni (Netherlands)
    This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that these gay men struggle with or have overcome in the past.
Friday, April 12th, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Bittersweet 19m
    Peter Bicknell, Andrew Kappel (Ghana, Netherlands)
    ‘Bittersweet’ is a film that highlights the good work being done by Conservation Alliance, a Non-Governmental Organization with project sites throughout Western Africa. They train cocoa farmers in the correct ways to grow and cultivate the crop without damaging the environment or themselves.
  • I'm tremendously happy that I am going to play Golf 51m
    Sameh Estefanos (Egypt)
    Golf courses in Egypt are fast growing a big number nowadays, establishing continually in new compounds as well as touristic resorts, while Egyptians are facing a current and future thirst and hunger! …and that is why I am happy, tremendously happy that I am going to play Golf!
  • Nile Perch XXm
    Josh Gibson (Uganda)
    A man and a fish on Lake Victoria in Uganda. This hand-made black and white film is a meditation on the economic impact of an invasive species as well as a parable about the effects of globalization and colonialism on Africa.
3:00 PM - 5:15 PM
  • On the Edge 44m
    Isy India Geronimo (South Africa)
    There are nights when those who sleep on the streets of inner city Johannesburg fear nothing more than having a South African police officer take their blankets at night. The homeless community in inner city Johannesburg have endured xenophobia and continuous police harassment in a supposedly 'post-racial,' progressive South Africa. The documentary explores how the legacy of apartheid lingers in the midst of the police force renown for violence and human rights abuses. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable of the population suffer the brunt of this condition - the homeless and immigrant communities.
  • War Don Don 85m
    Rebecca Richman Cohen (USA)
    In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, the documentary puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Discussion Session
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)
    A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafontain, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Discussion Session
Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program, St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO, USA
Monday, April 8th, 2013
2:15 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 251
  • Wolf Call 12m
    Rob Underhill (USA)
    It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now... WOLF CALL (12 Best Film Awards), is the true-story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
3:00 PM
Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall
  • Dear Mandela 93m
    Dara Kell (South Africa, USA)
    When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Busch Student Center, Room 253A
  • Lost Boy Home 40m
    Mark Barger Elliott (USA)
    Zachariah Char, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” featured in The New York Times, returns to South Sudan and his home village of Duk Padiet to search for his mother and father 24 years after fleeing the country during a brutal civil war. The story resonates with everyone who struggles to find and connect with their father and mother and to feel at home in the world.
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 253C
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 352/353
  • The Road to Freedom Peak 89m
    Max Pugh (United Kingdom, Australia)
    Jonathan Okwir was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda when he was ten years old and forced into the jungle to be trained as a child soldier. Corrin Varady is a philanthropist and activist who is working to help children like Jonathan re-join their communities. Together, they embark on an adventurous trek across East Africa from the border of South Sudan, through Uganda and Tanzania en route to Africa's highest point - Freedom Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. To Africans, Mount Kilimanjaro is revered as a symbol of independence and hope. For Jonathan, the Road To Freedom Peak becomes an extraordinary journey to forgiveness and redemption
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
9:00 AM
School of Nursing, Lecture Hall A
  • War Don Don 85m
    Rebecca Richman Cohen (USA)
    In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, the documentary puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 253D
  • Santiago is Santiago (Santiago es Santiago) 70m
    Warren Haack (USA)
    Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot. Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the Commercialized World of American Mass Media! In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on its own. In 2010, the filmmaker traveled to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Busch Student Center, Room 253C
  • Words of Witness 71m
    Mai Iskander (USA)
    Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.
University of Kansas, Lawrence
KS, USA
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Guerrilla Grannies 80m
    Ike Bertels (Belgium, Mozambique, Netherlands)
    For ten years three guerrilla girls were fighting for freedom in Mozambique against Portuguese rule. Years ago, director Ike Bertels saw a BBC film about the liberation army - FRELIMO. She was touched by Monica, Maria and Amelia, who had made the choice to fight. Ike found them, learned Portuguese, and filmed them time and again in 1984, 1994 and up to now. She showed to what extent ideals from the revolution did shape Mozambique. Today the grannies struggle with their children and grandchildren. How to mix ideals about education or the role of women in society with the upcoming globalized world?
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurism (South Africa)
    A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafontain, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Woodstock in Timbuktu - The Art of Resistance (Woodstock in Timbuktu - Die Kunst des Widerstands) 90m
    Désirée von Trotha (Germany)
    Documentary about a music festival in the Sahara rooted in an ancient nomadic tradition. The festival is the ideal platform for the encounter with the Kel Tamasheq (Touareg) and witnesses their inspiring cultural aliveness today. But through increasing challenges of globalization their ancient nomadic traditions are now threatened. As a result, these legendary people feel the urgent need to oppose - with their amazing music.
8:35 PM - 10:00 PM
  • War Don Don 85m
    Rebecca Richman Cohen (USA)
    In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, the documentary puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
Friday, April 19th, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
  • Kinshasa Symphony 95m
    laus Wischmann (Germany)
    Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth – Freude schöner Götterfunken. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keeps them going. “Kinshasa Symphony” is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavor, a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Democratic Republic of Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.
8:40 PM - 9:20 PM
  • The One Who Builds 37m
    Hillary Pierce, Nick Gooler, Peter Carolla (USA)
    TVs around America light up every night with the news of people displaced by war, famine and political unrest. The struggles of refugees are often seen as a distant problem, a world away from the living rooms of America and only a click away from something more entertaining. What Americans often do not realize is that some of these displaced persons are their neighbors. “The One Who Builds” is about the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen who is giving back as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina. Omer has transcended boundaries dictated by society, race and religion to build a new village, one friendship at a time.
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:16 PM
  • Takeo: A Percussionist with Down Syndrome 76m
    Takashi Tokida (Japan)
    An inspirational film about a young Japanese musician with Down Syndrome. Takeo Niikura has always loved music and socially interacts with people through the power of music. Having attempted several instruments through his development, Takeo had found a love for African drumming after having participated in a drumming workshop in elementary school. Now 24 years old and with many performances under his belt, he finally achieved his long-held dream by signing-up for a drumming workshop in Senegal, the homeland of his beloved instrument. The documentary follows his development as a musician as well as an individual. Takeo’s enthusiasm for music is inspirational, and his journey unforgettable.
2:20 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Bittersweet 19m
    Peter Bicknell, Andrew Kappel (Ghana, Netherlands)
    ‘Bittersweet’ is a film that highlights the good work being done by Conservation Alliance, a Non-Governmental Organization with project sites throughout Western Africa. They train cocoa farmers in the correct ways to grow and cultivate the crop without damaging the environment or themselves.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
  • I am Gay and Muslim 59m
    Chris Belloni (Netherlands)
    This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that these gay men struggle with or have overcome in the past.
3:50 PM - 4:10 PM
  • The Thing That Happened 20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary school. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
4:15 PM - 4:55 PM
  • Lost Boy Home 40m
    Mark Barger Elliott (USA)
    Zachariah Char, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” featured in The New York Times, returns to South Sudan and his home village of Duk Padiet to search for his mother and father 24 years after fleeing the country during a brutal civil war. The story resonates with everyone who struggles to find and connect with their father and mother and to feel at home in the world.
5:00 PM - 5:12 PM
  • Wolf Call 12m
    Rob Underhill (USA)
    It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now. The film is the true-story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s.
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
  • David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth 29m
    Richard Kane (USA)
    The documentary is a story about one of today's most important artists and leading authorities on African American art. The film captures David Driskell making collages inspired by his mentor Romare Bearden, documents him in conversation with National Gallery curator Ruth Fine, and painting at his easel in his Falmouth, Maine studio. The film also explores the give and take of his creative relationship with master print maker, Curlee Holton. It all results in powerful works that pull from abstract expressionism, African art/masks, Coptic art, modernism, cubism - the history of all art in the works of this wise and gentleman.
5:50 PM – 6:55 PM
  • My Mother's Club 60m
    Rodney Thompson (USA)
    A documentary film that centers on African American women's social clubs in Kansas City during the late 1940's,1950's, and 1960's. Segregation was the rule in America during these eras and its practice and acceptance gave rise to as well as proliferation of a separate African American social clubs. These clubs played an integral role in all aspects of social life and well-being of the community, from hosting spectacular parties and social functions to supporting the civil rights movement. This captivating story is told in a series of interviews through the eyes of the daughters of these women, through interviews with remaining club members and with cultural historians. The discussions focus on the impact of these clubs on Kansas City's African American community through their social activities, volunteerism, and social activism.
7:00 PM - 8:21 PM
  • Red, White, Black & Blue 81m
    James Brown (USA)
    Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to play Rugby. A sport that is increasingly popular in the United States, the tour provides these students and the Kiwi teams they battle a rare opportunity to dig beneath the surface of things. On the field, troubled histories melt away, and we see boys rise as men and girls lead as women. The film provides a sensitive take on a rough game: it blends on-field triumph with off-field tragedy. If the spirit of these teens is any indication, the Olympic Rugby Gold Medal - currently held by the United States since it was last an Olympic sport in 1924 - may just be defensible.
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Dear Mandela 93m
    Dara Kell (South Africa, USA)
    When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
University of the West Indies
Kingston, Jamaica
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Red, White, Black & Blue 81m
    James Brown (USA)
    Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to play Rugby. A sport that is increasingly popular in the United States, the tour provides these students and the Kiwi teams they battle a rare opportunity to dig beneath the surface of things. On the field, troubled histories melt away, and we see boys rise as men; girls lead as women stronger for facing up to a challenge. 'Red, White, Black and Blue' provides a sensitive take on a rough game: it blends on-field triumph with off-field tragedy. If the spirit of these teens is any indication, the Olympic Rugby Gold Medal - currently held by the United States since it was last an Olympic sport in 1924 - may just be defensible after all.
  • Standing at the Touchlines 52m
    Ashley Morrison (Australia)
    'The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game they should be playing,' wrote activist Steve Biko before his death in 1977. He was referring to life under apartheid in South Africa, but the statement was also true when it came to football. Football is a key part of African Life; it is a sport that brings the people together; A sport that gave them their independence. However, would South Africa hosting the World Cup bond a continent? 'Standing at the Touchlines' travels through Africa during the World Cup in 2010 to find out.
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • The Wild West of Namibia 47m
    David Whalen (USA)
    The documentary film explores the desolation of Namibia, the great and eerie Skeleton Coast, the shipwrecks there, the souls of the dead diamond hunters on her shores, and the history of the diamond rush at the turn of the century. Inland discoveries include the elusive hermit Flip Stander, who has lived in the desert among the desert lions. After a surreptitious border crossing into Angola we learn of the Himba people, their matriarchal society, their tragic past, the infamous German General, Lother Von Trotha, who nearly decimated them in what is considered a precursor to the Nazi Genocide, as well as their future struggles in preventing a hydroelectric dam from ruining their lands and way of life.
  • Songs of Redemption78m
    Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)
    The documentary reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. As one inmate clearly states, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.
6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
  • Dear Mandela 93m
    Dara Kell (South Africa, USA)
    When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
  • Holyland 53m
    Anna Somershaf (Israel)
    'Holyland' tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn't deal with for many years.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Rwanda - 17: Healing a Nation 63m
    Claudio von Planta (United Kingdom, Rwanda)
    The Documentary captures the story of rising Rwandan football stars who qualified to compete at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Born just after the 1994 genocide, these young players - more than half of them orphaned by war - show how discipline, determination and uncompromising team spirit leads to the success that can inspire a nation to reconcile and recover from a murderous past. Presented by award winning Sierra Leone reporter Sorious Samura, the story of these young players represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.
  • Takeo: A Percussionist with Down Syndrome 76m
    Takashi Tokida (Japan)
    An inspirational film about a young Japanese musician with Down Syndrome. Takeo Niikura has always loved music and socially interacts with people through the power of music. Having attempted several instruments through his development, Takeo had found a love for African drumming after having participated in a drumming workshop in elementary school. Now 24 years old and with many performances under his belt, he finally achieved his long-held dream by signing-up for a drumming workshop in Senegal, the homeland of his beloved instrument. The documentary follows his development as a musician as well as an individual. Takeo’s enthusiasm for music is inspirational, and his journey unforgettable.
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Santiago is Santiago (Santiago es Santiago) 70m
    Warren Haack (Cuba, USA)
    Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot. Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the Commercialized World of American Mass Media! In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on its own. In 2010, the filmmaker traveled to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
  • African Drum, Beyond the Beat 48m
    Tariq Richards (United Kingdom, South Africa)
    'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' is a portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses an ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum's social functions range from uses in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to it more contemporary uses by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social.
6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hibana 70m
    Ameer Muhammad (USA)
    A Documentary film about an American man that travels to the Dominican Republic. He does not know Spanish but is introduced to a Dominican woman and they fall for each other. They each have two children and now a new girl (Hibana) on the way. The audience learns the Dominican culture through following this very unique family as he learns Spanish and is introduced to an entire new way of life. She incorporates his Islamic faith with her beliefs and Catholic culture. The film has a dramatic twist that is sure to surprise all.
  • I am Gay and Muslim 59m
    Chris Belloni (Netherlands)
    This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that these gay men struggle with or have overcome in the past.
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • From Queens to Cairo 57m
    Sherif Sadek (USA)
    When the Egyptian Revolution started back in January 2011, many Egyptians abroad were unable to leave their jobs and families to return to Cairo to participate in that popular attempt to shake off autocracy in Egypt. This film is about an Egyptian American who takes his family back to his native Cairo, one year after the Egyptian Revolution. He is determined to see for himself the challenges that lie ahead on the road to democracy. His travels take him from Tahrir Square to the insides of cabs and slums’ discussing the future of the country but also the major events of the previous years, as a way to understand how the country arrived at the state it was in, one year later.
  • Words of Witness 71m
    Mai Iskander (USA)
    Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)
    A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Belafontain, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
  • Flare 10m
    Creative Artistic (Netherlands)
    An intimate look at the life of a Dutch woman suffering from an extreme case of Lupus. We meet Ida and follow her through day to day life, from long train rides seeking medical help to the intimacies of her past in this monochromatic short film. As though from a first person observer, we hope to better understand a less than popular disease and the effects of its affliction.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mbekk Mi 54m
    Sophie Bachelier (France)
    Mbekke Mi, two words of Wolof which evoke the clandestine emigration. The expression beats, echoing the pirogues which throw themselves against the ocean waves and which are often wrecked at the end of their journeying. But Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. If these young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against so many perils, it's in hope of finding a better life. But what happens on the other side of the disaster? The 'wretched of the sea' leave their loved ones behind - their wives, their mothers. It is these women's unique voiced that are heard in this documentary. Speaking straight to the camera with stark intimacy, we can hear their moving and dignified voices.
  • The Road to Freedom Peak 89m
    Max Pugh (United Kingdom, Australia)
    Jonathan Okwir was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda when he was ten years old and forced into the jungle to be trained as a child soldier. Corrin Varady is a philanthropist and activist who is working to help children like Jonathan re-join their communities. Together, they embark on an adventurous trek across East Africa from the border of South Sudan, through Uganda and Tanzania en route to Africa's highest point - Freedom Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. To Africans, Mount Kilimanjaro is revered as a symbol of independence and hope. For Jonathan, the Road To Freedom Peak becomes an extraordinary journey to forgiveness and redemption
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas 1948-1962 73m
    Marion Bethel (Bahamas)
    Five Bahamian women led the Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas. The journey to female enfranchisement spanned more than a decade. The film narrates the story of the Women's Suffrage Movement with special attention to its five leaders and the women and men who supported the suffrage for women.
  • Guerrilla Grannies 80m
    Ike Bertels (Belgium, Mozambique, Netherlands)
    For ten years three guerrilla girls were fighting for freedom in Mozambique against Portuguese rule. Years ago, director Ike Bertels saw a BBC film about the liberation army - FRELIMO. She was touched by Monica, Maria and Amelia, who had made the choice to fight. Ike found them, learned Portuguese, and filmed them time and again in 1984, 1994 and up to now. She showed to what extent ideals from the revolution did shape Mozambique. Today the grannies struggle with their children and grandchildren. How to mix ideals about education or the role of women in society with the upcoming globalized world?
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM
  • The Thing That Happened 20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary school. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
  • Nile Perch 17m
    Josh Gibson (Uganda)
    A man and a fish on Lake Victoria in Uganda. This hand-made black and white film is a meditation on the economic impact of an invasive species as well as a parable about the effects of globalization and colonialism on Africa.
  • I'm tremendously happy that I am going to play Golf 51m
    Sameh Estefanos (Egypt)
    Golf courses in Egypt are fast growing a big number nowadays, establishing continually in new compounds as well as touristic resorts, while Egyptians are facing a current and future thirst and hunger! …and that is why I am happy, tremendously happy that I am going to play Golf!
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tumi: The Life and Death of Boitumelo McCallum 57m
    Ian Phillips (USA)
    A documentary film about a young black woman murdered in New York by her former boyfriend in 2007. The daughter of a South African anti-apartheid activist, Tumi had moved to New York from her home in South Africa with her parents, now professors at NYU, who were searching for freedom and security. Through home movies, stills and interviews with family and friends, the director creates a portrait of a talented, loving young woman whose life ended in tragedy, and shows the effects of this tragedy on the people who loved her.
  • Wolf Call 12m
    Rob Underhill (USA)
    It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now... WOLF CALL (12 Best Film Awards), is the true-story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
  • War Don Don 85m
    Rebecca Richman Cohen (USA)
    In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, the documentary puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.
University of the Western Cape
Library Auditorium Bellville, South Africa
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
6:00 PM
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Voices 52m
    Joachim Landau (France)
    The new voices of South African cinema speak about the future of their industry. The documentary focuses on the renewal of the sector, the South African style and identity, issues and goals.
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Workshop (@ Centre for the Performing Arts)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wolf Call 12m
    Rob Underhill (USA)
    It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now... WOLF CALL (12 Best Film Awards), is the true-story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
  • Dear Mandela 93m
    CREW (South Africa, USA)
    When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
Friday, July 26th, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Shokran, Toni 12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • Guerrilla Grannies 80m
    Ike Bertels (Belgium, Mozambique, Netherlands)
    For ten years three guerrilla girls were fighting for freedom in Mozambique against Portuguese rule. Years ago, director Ike Bertels saw a BBC film about the liberation army - FRELIMO. She was touched by Monica, Maria and Amelia, who had made the choice to fight. Ike found them, learned Portuguese, and filmed them time and again in 1984, 1994 and up to now. She showed to what extent ideals from the revolution did shape Mozambique. Today the grannies struggle with their children and grandchildren. How to mix ideals about education or the role of women in society with the upcoming globalized world?
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Words of Witness 71m
    Mai Iskander (USA)
    Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, 'I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!' Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny and democracy.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Discussion
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • I am Gay and Muslim 59m
    Chris Belloni (Netherlands)
    This intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. The documentary aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that these gay men struggle with or have overcome in the past.
Monday, July 29th, 2013
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Workshop (@ Centre for the Performing Arts)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Seminar
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Mama Africa 88m
    Mika Kaurismaki (South Africa)
    A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Nonetheless she remained true to her South African musical roots. She was forced into early exile from her homeland in 1959 as a result of her involvement in the documentary indictment of the Apartheid system in South Africa. After gaining worldwide attention in USA through her collaboration with Harry Bellefontaine, she found herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther leader and black activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968. She decided to live and settle in Guinea, West Africa where she continued to fight the minority white Apartheid regime in her native land. Making use of rare archive documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artist and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Workshop (@ Centre for the Performing Arts)
2:00 PM
  • Standing at the Touchlines 52m
    Ashley Morrison (Australia)
    'The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game they should be playing,' wrote activist Steve Biko before his death in 1977. He was referring to life under apartheid in South Africa, but the statement was also true when it came to football. Football is a key part of African Life; it is a sport that brings the people together; A sport that gave them their independence. However, would South Africa hosting the World Cup bond a continent? 'Standing at the Touchlines' travels through Africa during the World Cup in 2010 to find out.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • On the Edge 44m
    Isy India Geronimo (South Africa)
    There are nights when those who sleep on the streets of inner city Johannesburg fear nothing more than having a South African police officer take their blankets at night. The homeless community in inner city Johannesburg have endured xenophobia and continuous police harassment in a supposedly 'post-racial,' progressive South Africa. The documentary explores how the legacy of apartheid lingers in the midst of the police force renown for violence and human rights abuses. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable of the population suffer the brunt of this condition - the homeless and immigrant communities.
  • Santiago is Santiago (Santiago es Santiago) 70m
    Warren Haack (Cuba, USA)
    Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot. Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the Commercialized World of American Mass Media! In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba’s isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on its own. In 2010, the filmmaker traveled to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Seminar (review of festival): Centre for Humanities Research/ Library Auditorium UWC
6:00 PM
  • African Drum, Beyond the Beat 48m
    Tariq Richards (United Kingdom, South Africa)
    'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' is a portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses an ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum's social functions range from uses in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to it more contemporary uses by fans at football games. 'African Drum, Beyond the Beat' takes a special interest in the conception and nature of rhythm and, in dance, the inter-dependent relationship between the drummer and dancer by exploring the effects of drum rhythms on both. It also looks at the different elements required for manufacturing a drum, from the physical to the social.
"I Will Tell" International Film Festival
London, UK www.iwilltell.com
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
  • Rwanda - 17: Healing a Nation 63m
    Claudio von Planta (United Kingdom, Rwanda)
    The Documentary captures the story of rising Rwandan football stars who qualified to compete at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Born just after the 1994 genocide, these young players - more than half of them orphaned by war - show how discipline, determination and uncompromising team spirit leads to the success that can inspire a nation to reconcile and recover from a murderous past. Presented by award winning Sierra Leone reporter Sorious Samura, the story of these young players represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
  • Dear Mandela93m
    Dara Kell (South Africa, USA)
    When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three young friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved and decided to stand up for their rights. Dear Mandela follows the journey of these three young people from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
  • Shokran, Toni12m
    Nahid Toubia (Sudan)
    In September 2011 the African American novelist and Nobel Laureate for literature, Toni Morrison published a letter addressed 'To a Sudanese Woman', in which she expresses her thoughts and feelings about the violations of women as a reflection to a Youtube video of a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime. A young Sudanese woman and her friends gather together to read Toni's letter and decided to respond to Toni Morrison. They say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic military rule. They take Toni (and the viewers) on a journey around Sudan telling the history of the country and its people, including the recent events of civil war and genocide committed by the regime, which caused the country to divide.
  • The Thing That Happened 20m
    Andrew Walton (USA)
    Near the remote trading center of Bweyale in Northern Uganda, sits the tiny campus of Hope North Vocational and Secondary school. The students here are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). The teachers are mostly rookie educators fresh out of Ugandan universities. Their teaching tools amount to little more than their own wits and a scattering of outdated textbooks. But deficiencies or not, the school is the only chance these kids have to escape their tragic histories. For the teachers, despite the numerous challenges, they are driven by a sense of responsibility to educate the next generation of peacekeepers and leaders. Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students. Their story becomes a metaphor for personal identity, the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of hope.
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
  • Songs of Redemption 78m
    Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)
    The film reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for numerous crimes. The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie exemplifies the unique transformation of an extremely violent environment into a new state of creative and healing artistic collaborations. Through the compassionate vision of Superintendent Fairweather, prison staffs are guided to recognize inmates as human beings whose lives could be renewed and positive outcomes unveiled through the use of creative outlets and skills. Combined with the efforts of Social Activist, Carla Gullotta, programs were initiated to support continuing education such as music production, computer technology, welding and other skill based opportunities. For these prisoners, as described by one inmate, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.