The Newtown Precinct is the place to check out this year’s Africa Rising International Film Festival (ARIFF) that is happening over a period of four days, from the 27th to the 30th of November.
Africa Rising International Film Festival began last year as a pre-event to the Global Citizen Festival Week in South Africa and Mandela 100 Festival, it ran from 26-29 November 2018. This year’s full program will include international and Pan African film screenings, The ARIFF Film Child program for school children, masterclasses, panel discussions, live film masterclasses, Pan African Legends Series curated by Lebone Maema, film poker pitching, the Digital Hub, and so much more.
The Africa Rising International Film Festival is the brainchild of a group of young filmmakers and trailblazers, including Kweku Mandela, Ayanda Sithebe and Lala Tuku, whose collective signifies what the rise of Africa represents: a young, diverse and hungry nation ready to make a change. This festival was formed with the intention of putting the African narrative at centre stage.
“ARIFF screenings fuels my quest, even more, to play a part in growing the African film industry. Filmmaking in Africa is challenging, budgets are limited yet the African filmmakers have found ways to make it work and as a film festival, we aim to help them showcase their work to as many relevant people and stakeholders as possible so that they can also grow,” says co-founder Kweku Mandela.
“Through our core film program, we address lack of accessibility, women empowerment and youth development, by providing an opportunity for previously disadvantaged communities (the youth, women, the queer community and people living with disabilities), an opportunity to participate in the festival, through the festival’s programs,” adds Lala Tuku.
This year’s Pan African Legends Series will see ARIFF honouring and celebrating South African producer, director, and writer, Mr Ramdan Suleman. His award-winning feature films Fools and Zulu Love Letter including his latest ground-breaking documentary By All Means Necessary will form part of ARIFF’s 2019 film screenings program.
Other notable African Films/Documentaries to look forward to include:
• Busiswa: An Unbreakable Story – It takes us on a journey back in time and explores the complex conditions that thrust a modest young girl named Busiswa Gqulu from Umthatha into the boisterous voice that reverberated through our speakers alongside Beyonce on The Gift.
• Mama Africa – A film by Mika Kaurismäki. A documentary about the humanitarian musical icon Miriam Makeba.
The full International and African film screening program is currently being communicated through the Africa Rising International Film Festival social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.