WATCH | Encounters Documentary Film Festival all set for official kick off

After two years since the global pandemic shut down all festivals, the Encounters Documentary Film Festival returns to the in-person format and officially kicks off June 24. The festival promises an exciting line-up of 53 titles for 2022’s 24th Edition, which include short and feature length films, highlighting the most anticipated international films alongside original African productions.

Audiences can expect a showcase of 29 South African films and 7 World Premieres by emerging and established filmmakers, with an aim to entertain, educate and leave a lasting impact. The festival runs from 24 June – July 3, will offer both physical screenings and online Encounters Talks as audiences explore the bouquet of projects from countries that include Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Brazil and more.

The opening night film “ Music Is My Life” Joseph Shabalala AND LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, directed by Mpumi “Supa” Mbele, profiles the legend of South Africa’s unique isicathamiya music and the group that delivered it to the global stage.

Films will be screened at the following cinemas:  Cinecentre Killarney (Johannesburg), The Bioscope Independent Cinema (Johannesburg), The Labia Cinema (Cape Town). Below are some of the films screening at this years festival below…

“Summer Of Soul” documentray directed by Quest Love (Trailer)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park), never seen before until now.

The Double Futures Of Athlone Trailer

This cultural history of Athlone, one of apartheid’s ‘dumping grounds’ for the victims of forced removals, is something of a delight, providing an intimate snapshot of a bygone era that continues to live in the hearts and imaginations of many of the town’s residents. At the film’s centre is the Kismet theatre, which once acted as both the local bioscope and as a performance venue for the rich musical talent of the time. Making engaging use of contemporary interviews and historical anecdotes, the film manages to sidestep sentimentality and nostalgia in favour of an emotional realism.

Find out more about films at the festival here

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