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ENCOUNTERS DOCIE FESTIVAL
Fri, 1 June 2012
The 14th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival takes place in Cape Town and Johannesburg from the 7th to the 24th of June.
With themes ranging from art and gay rights activism to food and music, this year’s crop of exciting local and international films promises to be a fantastic treat for documentary lovers.
The line up of the last year’s most compelling documentaries - award-winners, festival darlings, SA world premières and fresh student films - includes 29 international and 22 South Africa films.
The screenings take place at Nu Metro Hyde Park and The Bioscope cinema in Johannesburg and Nu Metro V&A and The Fugard theatre in Cape Town.
Highlights of this year's programme include:
Call Me Kuchu
Behind the hysterical homophobia rampant in Uganda today are the stories of ordinary men and women fighting for their communities – and their lives. Among them, activist David Kato returns from South Africa a liberated man and sets about campaigning for gay rights only to be murdered. Beyond the tragedy of his death, Call Me Kuchu shows that there’s true fire in the fearless movement that is working hard to turn the tide.
Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology
Seat belts on for a fast tempo, upbeat, witty film about what it means to be connected in the 21st Century. Starting with our technology addictions, director Tiffany Shlain expands the definition and explores how increased connectedness is changing our world in the wider sense. Visually rich and snappy, the film ranges far and wide into nature, metaphysics, politics and sociology and then heads back home to the filmmaker’s own family connections as crisis hits.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Say Eames and most design aficionados think of ‘that chair’. But there was more - much more - and filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey set out to reveal an industrial design empire that changed daily life in America in the 1950s and 60s. Parallel to the tale of a design philosophy gone universal is the fascinating if less well-known back-story of the relationship between Charles Eames and his wife Ray, a painter by training and stylist by instinct.
A Matter of Taste: Serving up Paul Liebrandt
A rare glimpse behind the façade of haute cuisine as filmmaker Sally Rowe delves into the personality, reputation and menus of super-foodie Paul Liebrandt. Liebrandt is to haute cuisine what Jackson Pollock was to contemporary art – an innovator or heretic, depending on whom you ask. He’s complex, a demon chef, more than a bit mad, and above all, great theatre. A must for foodies fascinated by what goes on behind swing doors.
Nominated for best documentary at the Oscars this year, Pina is German master filmmaker Wim Wenders’ (Paris, Texas; Buena Vista Social Club) homage to modern dance legend Pina Bausch. He delivers an exquisite biopic filled with scenes from Bausch’s visually spectacular dance pieces. Pina is as fascinating for film enthusiasts as it is for dance fans.
For more information about the festival, including the full programme, visit the official website at www.encounters.co.za.