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Peter Rorvik Departs Centre for Creative Arts (CCA)

The departure of Peter Rorvik from the UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts concludes an exciting growth period for arts and culture in Durban, represented through the four annual CCA festivals – Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa, JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, and the Durban International Film Festival. All of these landmarks in Durban’s event calendar have contributed significantly to the cultural life of this city, delivering hosts of cutting-edge writers, poets, dancers...

Important South African Film that Combines Sport with Politics

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   'OTELO BURNING' One of most talked-about films in S. Africa today.  One of the most talked-about contemporary  films  from South Africa, is ‘Otelo Burning ’, which combines sport, racism, politics, family and peer  relationships with gentle but awesome power. It will have a special screening at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT),in  Bangkok .  The film is the debut feature of Sara Blecher, who has made many notewort...

DIFF calls for entries

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Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) Call for Entries The 33rd edition of DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from 19 to 29 July 2012. Supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), the National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, the festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focu...

Nashen Moodley appointed to Sydney Film Festival

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Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.  Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and ...

TWO EYES STARING on Fantastic Zagreb!

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  photo still from film TWO EYES STARING (2010) The film opened the first annual Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival on July 02, 2011. The film is Dutch and already has a remake option in place by actress Charlize Theron. Read Hollywood Reporter clip below:   22 September 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodReporter.com | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news » London -- Oscar winner Charlize Theron has proffered a Dutch wink to remake rights to writer/director Elbe...

Durban International Film Festival to open with OTELO BURNING

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Over 250 screenings will be presented at the 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival’s from 21 to 31 July. With principal support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the line-up of films from over 50 countries includes numerous award-winners and premiere screenings, with a core component of the newest South Africa productions. The festival proudly opens with the World Premiere of a film shot in Durban - Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher. Beginning in the ...

Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle a film

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Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle a film : documentaryReconciliation: Mandela's Miracle a filmby Michael Henry Wilsonby RonGilbert The title of this film says it all. Yes! Nelson Mandela is amiracle and an inspiration. In America we hadMartin Luther King and in SouthAfrica they hadNelson Mandela, who has this fortitude and determination and he never lost hopeeven after spending 26 years in prison. He is a precious gift to everyone. Oscarwinning director Clint Eastwood’s voice is at the openi...

Durban announces dates for 2011

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The dates for 2011 have been announced and Durban will be buzzing! Dairise 21 - 31 July 2011 for the 32nd Durban International Film Festival. More information to be released.   ...

Talent Campus Durban, new talents announced

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) Talents Announced The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, an...

Invictus review

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SYNOPSIS: In his first historic term as President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), faces the tensions and divisions of a post apartheid nation, where whites and blacks are equally suspicious of the other. Mandela, who had survived 27 years in prison (clinging to the spiritual message of William Ernest Henley's poem, Invictus) believes that the South African white man's sport - rugby - can help bring his people closer together, so he makes it his mission, through the captain, ...

30 th Durban International Film Festival attendance soaring

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Attendance increased significantly at the 30 th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, reports Peter Rorvik, Director of the festival and the Centre for Creative Arts. “Attendance figures were up this year with over 22, 471 at the 280 festival film screenings, representing almost 5,500 more than in 2008, despite there being 26 less screenings this year. Workshop and seminar attendances were also up with 1650 film enthusiasts attending 38 seminars and workshops, indicating a great l...

Durban International Film Festival to open with Durban film

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30th Durban International Film Festival 23 July to 2 August 2009 Celebrating its landmark 30th edition, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, will open with My Secret Sky (Izulu Lami), directed by Madoda Ncayiyana and shot in Durban. Based on the experiences of the city's homeless children, it is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption, featuring exceptional performances by a group of talented child actors discovered by Ncayiyana and clos...

Billy August, will receive the Ischia Humanitarian Award

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Ischia, island of cinema and human rights: director Billy August, will receive the Ischia Humanitarian Award for his film “Goodbye Bafana”, dedicated to the legendary South African president Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel peace prize.Enzo Cappello, special commissioner of the Tourist Board of the Islands of Ischia and Procida announced that the Danish director will receive the award during the fifth Ischia Global Film & Music Fest (July 13-20, 2008).“In the year in which we are launch...

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Sproquets 2007: gay & lesbian television festival on Triangle and Stratos Television, New Zealand

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Here’s the broadcast schedule and summaries of the entries in this year’s Sproquets.The films will be broadcast In Auckland and Wellington Triangle Television at 9pm Sundays and nationally on Stratos at 8.30pm on Sundays.SPROQUETS 2007MEN ON HEAT (Essan Laurent, Australia, 22 mins): A comedy with 17 different nationalities. From Sydney, it’s sexy and extremely funny, Essan says "This program has been written specifically for women and for the first time men have been treated as an object w...

Get ready for Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival

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The 13th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival will kick off on Friday & Saturday, July 6th & 7th, 2007. Shows at 9:00 p.m.You just need to get to the Alliance for West Oakland Development Parking Lot, 1357 5th St. at Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA. See a map.How: Sit in your car, or bring a chair to sit outside, and watch movies "magically" projected onto a giant screen. Sound is broadcast into your car or boom box using the wonder of frequency modulation ("FM") — in stereo!...

Billy August, will receive the Ischia Humanitarian Award

Ischia, island of cinema and human rights: director Billy August, will receive the Ischia Humanitarian Award for his latest film Goodbye Bafana, dedicated to the legendary South African president Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel peace prize.Enzo Cappello, special commissioner of the Tourist Board of the Islands of Ischia and Procida announced that the Danish director will receive the award during the fifth Ischia Global Film & Music Fest (July 9-15).“In the year in which we are launchin...

The 28th Durban International Film Festival hihlights

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The 28th Durban International Film Festival presents a selection of the best in cinema from South Africa, Africa and around the world, most of which are premiere showings in this country. Over 300 screenings will be showcased at 25 venues across the Durban district between 20th June and 1st July. Including numerous award-winners, the line-up of cutting edge feature films is supplemented by a prime selection of topical documentaries and short films. Themes and focus areas of DIFF 2007 include a S...

"Time of the Writer" it's writers' time in Durban

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Announcing the 10th TIME OF THE WRITER international writers festivalDurban: 19 - 24 March 200718 writers from 10 countries will descend on Durban for a stimulating feast of words, ideas, and discussion at the Time of the Writer international writers festival. Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu Natal), the festival celebrates its tenth year with an extensive week-long programme of activities from 19 to 24 March. Diversity of the written word is a notable feature of the...

A Showcase For European Cinema

Monday, February 5----While the Berlin Film Festival, which opens on Thursday evening, is certainly an international affair, it has traditionally been one of the important showcases for new European cinema. With a French film opening the prestigious Berlinale Competition section (LA VIE EN ROSE by Olivier Dahan) and top-flight French and UK films included this year (see earlier stories), the rest of Europe gets equal billing as the Festival presents mainly world premieres from some of Europe's ...

Race and Identity in South African filmmaking

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Race and Identity in South African filmmaking : Debate at EncountersIn the past few months there has been much debate about racial issues in the South African film arena. Tsotsi won the Oscar® and the whole country was celebrating, but there have been critical statements made about issues of representation of black identity in that film. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu made a statement during the TRC anniversary this year, stating that there are still white people who are not thankful for the ...

Durban Festival The curator speaks out…

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The 27 the Durban International Film Festival has come to an end and the curator, Nashen Moodley, is extremely proud of the festival.According to Nashen, the festival is the biggest of its kind in South Africa with the most films and is an integral part of the sunny city on the South Coast."We had a very successful festival with the most filmmakers ever and the diversity was excellent," he said.Nashen's personal highlight was the Iranian films and directors present at the festival. He is also v...

Spotlight On South Africa

Friday, June 16----In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Soweto Riots, a tipping point in the decades-long struggle of black South Africans to end the abusive system of apartheid, the SILVERDOCS festival is hosting a special program of films by South African documentarians, who have turned their probing camera eyes on their homeland. Seven films (five features and two shorts) are being presented, including the world premiere this evening of SOWETO BLUES, a musical documentary that re...

Exhibition on Durban fest 25 years history

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On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from June 14 to 23, The Local History Museums and DIFF organizers, the Centre for Creative Arts, present an exhibition entitled, Celebrating 25 Years of the Durban International Film Festival. The exhibition takes a retrospective view of the festival over the past quarter of a century, with most of the reminiscence coming from DIFF Founder, Ros Sarkin, who together with her husband Teddy, began t...

Durban festivities A (Allen) to Z (Zulu)

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DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 14-27 June The Durban International Film festival is an established international film festival and the largest of its kind in South Africa. This year, two landmark occasions will be celebrated: the 25th Anniversary of the Durban International Film Festival and 10 Years of Democracy in South Africa. Committed to the exhibition of quality films and innovative programming, the festival is playing a major role in the stimulation of the film industry in KwaZulu-Nat...

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