The inaugural Joburg Film Festival will kick off on Friday 28 October and run to Saturday 5 November 2016 at multiple venues across the city, where over 60 South African, African and international films will be screened.
As a truly urban festival, the screenings will be taking place at a host of venues – and not just at traditional cinema chain venues. Whilst the Joburg Film Festival and its partner, Ster Kinekor, will host screenings at The Zone at Rosebank, Maponya Mall, and Newton Junction, additional venues across the city will also be utilized.
The Joburg Film Festival is driven by a motivation to rekindle the love of cinema by contributing to the revival of important and historic venues.
Historical cinema-house, The Majestic, once the crown jewel of movie culture in Fordsburg and now operating as a church, will be restored to its movie-screening glory with screenings including We’ve Never Been Kids on Oct 29th, the African American Shorts Package on Oct 30th and Clash and Mali Blues on November 5th.
Kings Cinema in Alexandra is another classic venue that will play host to Joburg Film Festival events. The cinema was built in the 1940s or 1950s (depending on who you ask) and other than natural ageing, it’s hardly changed over the last 65 years. Kings Cinema is the oldest movie theatre in Alex and has 500 seats that will host guests for screenings including Love and Kwaito on November 4th.
One of the most exciting screening events of the Joburg Film Festival will take place in the courtyard of Constitution Hill on November 3rd. This evening, in partnership with The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (MWFF), will see the screening of the classic 1966 Ousmane Sembène film Black Girl, that tells the story of a Senegalese girl working as a maid for a French couple.
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