Encounters documentary film fest ready to roll

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Some of the world’s best documentary films have been lined up for the upcoming Encounters film festival.
Among these are two Oscar-nominated films ‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘How To Survive A Plague’. Sundance film festival winners ‘Queen of Versailles’ and ‘The House I Live In’ will also be shown on the big screen.

This year would be the fifteenth Encounters festival and the event is scheduled to run in Cape Town and Johannesburg from June 6 to 16.

Festival director Lesedi Oluko Moche said they hoped the festival – that struggles financially like other film gatherings – would sell out.

The range of films would focus on poverty, HIV/Aids, drugs wars, Palestine and other biting realities.

Thirteen documentaries would interrogate Africa. This includes a profile on deceased Mozambican president Samora Machel who was married to Graca Machel, the current wife of Nelson Mandela.

South African films include ‘The Devil’s Lair’ by Riaan Hendricks. It is described as a “jarring story of fatherhood, drug dealers and assassinations on the Cape Flats.”

Filmmakers Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum’s ‘The Village Under The Forest’ meahwhile “explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under the purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.”

A full programme with film trailers is available online at http://www.encounters.co.za

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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