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Whispering Truth to Power

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Whispering Truth to Power

DIRECTOR : Shameela Seedat
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 86min

Nu Metro 5, 14 Oct @ 6pm | SK Nouveau 5, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating – in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges – the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President. But how does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the larger moral of continued inequality? WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER documents the tense story of Madonsela’s last year in public office while simultaneously crafting an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, as well as providing insight into several critical issues facing South Africa today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Former Fulbright scholar Shameela Seedat is a human rights and governance specialist turned filmmaker. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from Columbia University in New York. Shameela worked for the South African Constitutional Court, the UNDP/UNIFEM in New York and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), and also made submissions or consulted for the South African parliament, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Global Integrity (GI). She has published widely on human rights and democratic accountability and has addressed the Parliament of the DRC, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the International Civil Forum against Corruption in Indonesia and South Africa’s National Anti-Discrimination forum.
In 2010, Shameela turned to filmmaking; working as director, producer, scriptwriter, researcher, editor and sound recordist. She has been commissioned by various civil society institutes and televisions stations to make character-lead, human and political interest documentaries. Her director credits include BECOMING MYSELF (2017), I AM WOMAN: LUCINDA EVANS (2016), three half-hour narrative documentaries for CGTN’s FACES OF AFRICA series KHALO’S LETTER TO MADIBA, LIVING THE CHIMURENGA LIFE and MONWABISI AND THE SHARKSPOTTERS, as well as web-based films for the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the European Union and the Open Society Foundation. Her producer credits include A STORYTELLER IN EGYPT (for Al Jazeera’s ARTSCAPE) and the multi-award winning documentary THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD.

The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others

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The State Against Nelson Mandela and the others

DIRECTOR : Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
COUNTRY : France
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 105min

Nu Metro 4, 13 Oct @ 8.30pm | SK Nouveau 5, 17 Oct @ 6pm 

SYNOPSIS

2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. He seized centre stage during a historic trial in 1963 and 1964.But there were eight others who, like him, faced the death sentence. They too were subjected to pitiless cross-examinations. To a man they stood firm and turned the tables on the state: South Africa’s apartheid regime was in the dock. Recently recovered archival recordings of those hearings transport us back into the thick of the courtroom battles.

AWARDS

Durban International Film Festival 2018
Audience Award – Best Film
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Nicolas Champeaux is a reporter for Radio France Internationale (RFI) . In 1993, he graduated from high school Jean Macé Rennes before studying journalism and moving to the capital. At RFI, he specializes in the Africa service dealing with themes as diverse as religion in Africa, Islam, Boko Haram in Nigeria and even the intervention of Vladimir Putin in Syria. He is in charge of the daily news Today in France as well as Network Europe. He also collaborates with Radio France Culture. 

The documentary The State Against Mandela and the others, which he co- directs with Gilles Porte, is scheduled for the Special Screenings of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival . This is a first in the cinema for the French journalist. His theme is Nelson Mandela’s nine-month trial in 1963 and 1964, after which he will be sent to jail with five blacks, a white man and an Indian for 26 years. This is one of the most striking trials of the twentieth century, yet never filmed. To realize this project, the two men had to listen to more than 250 hours of archives. These could be restored in 2016. The documentary also incorporates archival footage and even animated passages as well as testimonials from relatives of Mandela. 

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Gilles Porte (born 11 May 1965) is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and assistant cameraman. He is a member of société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD), of société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM) and of l’association française des cinémas d’art et d’essai (AFCAE).
Since 1989, Gilles Porte became an assistant cameraman on the films of Jacques Audiard, Marcel Carné, Raoul Ruiz, Maroun Baghdadi, Patrice Chéreau, Costa-Gavras, and Xavier Durringer, and cinematographer on films of Abbas Fahdel, John Lvoff, Christian Philibert, Xavier Durringer, Olivier Jahan, Pierre Javaux, Jilani Saadi, and others. In 2003 he co-directed with Yolande Moreau his first feature film, Quand la mer monte …, for which they received the 2005 César for best first film and for Best Actress.

The Long Season

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The Long Season

DIRECTOR : Leonard Retel Helmrich
COUNTRY : The Netherlands
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 115 min

Nu Metro 4, 12 Oct @ 2.30pm | 17 Oct @ 12.30pm

SYNOPSIS

Nine million Syrians have left their homeland since the breakout of the war. Most of them have ended up in camps like Madjal Anjar in the Beqaa Valley, just over the border in Lebanon. This camp was set up by seasonal workers from Raqqa who were unable to return when their city was taken over by IS. Some of the camp’s inhabitants rent land to cultivate crops, while others earn a little toiling in the fields of a local farmer who treats them with contempt. The rest of the time they spend waiting for the bus that brings goods and news from Raqqa. In conditions such as these, frustration rapidly turns to conflict, traumatized children become aggressive and women’s freedom of movement is very restricted. Multi-award-winning director Leonard Retel Helmrich uses his hallmark single-shot cinema verité style to probe deep into life in the camp. The fluid motion of the camera—sometimes high in the air, sometimes gliding just above ground level—allows him to get extremely close to the camp’s inhabitants, bringing home the human drama behind the abstract number of nine million.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

After Indonesian independence the Helmrich family repatriated to the Netherlands during the Indo diaspora. Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch cinematographer and film director. He was born the 16th of August 1959 in Tilburg, Netherlands and has lived in Amsterdam since 1982. He received highest honours for international documentaries at the Sundance Festival and was the first two-time International Documentary winner at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA).[1]. In June 5, 2018 he was rewarded by the Dutch King Willem-Alexander with the title Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion, a very high distinction.

Helmrich is famous for perfecting the ‘Single Shot Cinema’ filming method and his related technical camera innovations. “…you can move inside an event and go with your camera to the right spot, at the right moment,… That’s what the whole single-shot cinema is about: trying to think of the world as a kind of clockwork, a machinery, with everything interrelated. The bigger and smaller things are just as important. In a clockworks you can’t pull out a little gear because the whole thing jams. The solution is to become one of the clockworks.”

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

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Searching for Ingmar Bergman

DIRECTOR : Margarethe von Trotta
COUNTRY : Germany, France
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 110min

Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 7.45pm | SK Nouveau 5, 13 Oct @ 5.30pm

SYNOPSIS

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman’s life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman’s creative achievements.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

The daughter of Elisabeth von Trotta and the painter Alfred Roloff, Margarethe von Trotta was born in Berlin in 1942 and spent her childhood in Düsseldorf. After fine art studies, she moved to Munich to study Germanic and Latin language. She then joined a school for dramatic arts and began an acting career, in the theatres of Düsseldorf and afterwards in the Kleines Theater of Frankfurt in 1969 and 1970. At the end of the 1960 she moved in Paris for her studies and immersed herself in the film-lover circles of the time. She took part in script redacting and directing of short films and discovered via the Nouvelle Vague directors and critics the films of Ingmar Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock