Tri-Continental festival launches with hard-hitting films

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The Tri-Continental Film Festival will feature a series of hard-hitting African, Latin American and Sian films and documentaries. The festival opens in Johannesburg at Cinema Nouveau on 8 September and at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on 15 September


The festival includes 40 films and documentaries that deal with globalisation, women, music, youth, and the struggle around scarce resources.


Nominated last year for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, God Sleeps in Rwanda tells how the genocide has left the country with a population that’s now 70% female, handing Rwanda’s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity.


Favela Rising, the Best Documentary at the Latino Film Festival 2005, tells the story of Anderson Sá, a man haunted by an infamous police massacre in his community in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slums.


Other award-winning films include Liberace Of Baghdad (Best Documentary, The British Independent Film Awards 2005); Zen & Zero (Surf Film Festival, St Jean de Luz, France 2006 – Best Film); State Of Fear (Best of the Festival, UN Documentary Film Festival, 2006); The Boys of Baraka (Newport International Film Festival, Best Documentary 2005); The Refugee All Stars (AFI Festival, 2005 – Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary); Bushman’s Secret; and Ongeriewe (Finalist Best Short Film Cannes 2006).


Rehad Desai, the founding Tri-Continental director said the festival was initiated in SA to “create a platform for film and documentary as a tool for the intellectual and social development of the country”.


Tickets available at the cinema, TicketLine on 082-16789 or at www.sterkinekor.com.


For programme details, schedules and more information go to www.3continentsfestival.co.za or www.sterkinekor.com

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