SOWETO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
23 – 25 November
The Soweto Festival and Expo is an arts, culture and heritage Festival owned and done by Sowetans for Sowetans through Heritage, Arts and cultural activities that are both educational and developmental to the community of Soweto.
Soweto International Film Festival in partnership with Social Development will feature documentaries and theatre Production on Gender Based Violence during 16 Days of Activism
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The Soweto International Film Festival (SIFF) in collaboration with The City Of Joburg’s Arts Alive, will this year layout three platforms over a three-day period (November 22, 23, and 25th) to exhibit various acts encompassing Africa Day, Soweto and Youth as well as the 16 Days Of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse.
This Film Production leg of the Festival aims to use motion pictures to tell different stories of art and performing artists on the continent. With celebrated Nollywood actors, writers, and producers in attendance, audiences can look forward to different content and appearances. “The use of authentic African languages in film and television is another aspect that is getting significant recognition this year,” says SIFF’s CEO Nonkululeko Ndlovu. “Actor and producer Fumani N. Shilubana are one of the key speakers who will be giving us content on this fascinating issue.”
Under the theme of Soweto and Youth with riveting speakers like the Miss Soweto 2019 Musawenkosi Gumede and Motor Sports entrepreneur Pule Earm who will engage the audience on his ten-year-old endeavours in making this sport a motion picture entertainment. “The whole idea of the festival is to get all film production enthusiasts from marginalised pockets of our society engaged in the world of film production and hopefully leave all with a mind compass of where they can fit in because it’s through such narratives that people can visualise their own niches.”
Moreover, organisers of the festivals have put together a free film submission competition where each submission will be critiqued and scored on
cinematographic quality. “This will determine who walks away with the prize but also teach others how to improve their own productions because it’s a collaborative meeting of creatives.”
The Gender Based Violence narrative aims to give voice and colour to the reality of the scourge which has been perpetrated by the Covid-19 lockdown. Different speakers and acts will take centre stage and shine the spotlight on the realities of this plague in different life paths. Amongst the speakers will be Penny Lebyane who has been vocal about the different tones of this form of abuse on different media platforms.
One speaker talks of how the scourge goes unreported in most workplaces and how men stand up for one another still. Another speaks of the rapidly growing human trafficking crime that has left even America baffled. This platform will form a spring board into the national launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse which goes into the spotlight from November 25, 2020.
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Venue: Ster-Kinekor, Maponya Mall
Dates: 23-25 November 2020
Entrance Fee: Free but bookings must be made on line
Covid-19 Regulations protocol: Only half the capacity of 1400 seats can be utilised.
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