This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa’s longest-running film festival. For the second year in a row, the festival is effectively held for the COVID-19 pandemic. But nevertheless, the organizers say they are proud and successful in programming nearly 140 works, including feature films, documentaries and shorts.
The Durban International Film Festival is a global showcase focused on continental films. Produced by diaspora and Africans of African descent.
One of the most popular films at this year’s festival is the documentary “I Am Here” directed by Jordy Sank. An incredible story about the 99-year-old Cape Tonian Ella Blumenthal, who shares her story of surviving the Holocaust. Some of Ella’s memories include surviving three concentration camps and avoiding death.
Another popular movie on the circuit is “Jindel”.
In the town of Zinder in Niger, a group of young people are trying to escape violence and gang wars. Director Aicha Macky from Jindel shoots daily life separately between the gang and his family.
It was also emphasized to explore the story of the hardships in refugee camps. The movie “The Last Shelter” of survival in a refugee camp tells the story of an immigrant in Gao, Mali, on the southern tip of the Sahara Desert. This documentary recently won an award at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, the two protagonists Esther and Kadi, have overcome their hardships and shared a bond.
The number of viewers who buy movies online has increased significantly since 2020.
“Despite the COVID, there has been a huge increase online and many people have been able to buy movies and make the program successful,” said Dr. Ismail Mahomed, director of the Creative Arts Center. ..
This weekend’s festival is coming to an end.
SA Holocaust Survivor Doccie-SABC News, a hit at the Durban International Film Festival
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