African films at IIFF


South African films Elelwani and Jeppe On A Friday, as well as Nairobi Half Life (Kenya / Germany) Try Namibia (Namibia), Kau La Poho (Lesotho), Yvette (Burkina Faso), Trapped (Cote D’Ivoire) and The Secret of the Ant Children (Benin / France), are among the more than 30 films screening at the International Images Film Festival (IIFF) in Zimbabwe this week.

Africa – including English and Arab speaking regions – has more than 25 films at the festival, which opened on 24 August with two films – Freestate, a Zimbabwe / Canada / France co-production, and Nairobi Half Life.

This year IIFF is partnering for the first time with the Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival in London and also, for the fourth year running, partnering with Afrykamera in Poland.

Fifteen local entries are competing in the Shasha / Ingcitshi Zim Experts (SIZE) category and the Best Zimbabwean Documentary Section.

Festival highlights will include a documentary filmmaking talk with visiting filmmaker Iara Lee. The Brazilian-American will have a session with journalism students from the Harare Polytechnic and the Christian College of Southern Africa, as well as aspiring filmmakers.

The festival closes on Saturday 31 August at the Book Cafe with awards to be presented in 14 categories.


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