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Docusur International Documentary Film Festival, which took place in Tenerife, Spain. Docusur, which screens films made in Latin America, Africa, Spain and Asia, programmed a special South African section of 10 documentaries, covering a wide range of local directors.

A South African delegation consisting of Rehad Desai, Zivia Desai Keiper, Dumisani Phakati and Francois Verster attended the festival. These filmmakers, apart from introducing their own films, took part in various conference events on South African film, north-south relations and other important global filmmaking issues. A large number of South African documentaries were also on sale at the Docusur Market, and sales interest was expressed in at least three films.

Best Film International Long-form Competition was judged to be Francois Verster’s The Mother’s House. This film also received the Documania Award, which is linked to broadcast on Spanish television.

The local Tri Continental Film Festival, which assisted in sourcing South African films this year, has agreed with Docusur on a partnership for future festivals.

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