11 Aug, 2009
Six world premieres at this year’s Tri-Continental Film Festival The 2009 Tri Continental Film Festival, which runs from 11 September – 12 October at selected Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau cinemas nationally, will offer an outstanding selection of
films from across the globe, including 6 world premieres, 19 African first showings and 22 South
Many of the films have gained international recognition by winning accolades at major
international film festivals.
―We are also pleased to confirm a number of screenings with filmmakers in attendance, which
means that audiences will be offered the opportunity to engage award-winning international and
local filmmakers in discussion about their respective films,‖ says Rehad Desai, festival co-
This year’s festival will focus on a variety of human interest issues, which range from local and
national revolutions in Mexico, Iran, Nepal and Burma to environmental disasters including
Hurricane Katrina, lawsuits brought against Texaco in Ecuador, the global pollution of water and
the impact of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. The determination and stamina of women
activists is also profiled in a number of films.
thAs 2009 marks the 20 anniversary of the most recent turning point in world history, ―The Fall of
the Wall- 20yrs later‖ is a collection of films about the GDR presented in conjunction with The
The local film industry’s inspiring ascent is apparent in the crop of critically-acclaimed South African films that have been selected for the Tri-Continental Film Festival.
Sea Point Days from Francois Verster, Akin Omotoso’s Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest and
Lloyd Ross’s The Silver Fez are highlights for doc lovers.
For those in need of a dose of drama the festival will host city wide premieres of Shirley Adams,
a film by 25 yr old Oliver Hermanus which has just scooped three awards at Durban
International Film Festival, including Best South African Feature and Best First Feature and
which will only receive commercial theatrical release in 2010.
Also on offer is My Secret Sky, a whimsical journey film that features an accomplished cast of
child actors, as well as Skin, an award- winning SA/UK co-production that tells the true story of
a black woman born to a white family during the height of Apartheid and features Sam Neill and
Sophia Okenedo in the leading roles.
―We, at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, are happy to announce the addition of three new sites to this
year’s film festival roster, which we hope will reach a much broader audience and spread the
very strong messages told in these fine quality films,‖ says Michael Bender, Marketing
Executive at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.
The Tri-Continental Film Festival will kick off with a bang at Soweto’s Maponya Mall on the 11 September until 13 September. International and local filmmakers will be present to engage the
public and other filmmakers about the specific form and content utilized in their work, with a
number of special events happening before, after and between screenings.
The festival will then move on to Cinema Nouveau Rosebank from the 14 September - 20
September, where many of the visiting filmmakers will also be present.
Another key element of this year’s expansion has been the addition of a three-day screening at
Bedford Square’s Cinema Nouveau from 17-20 September.
Other sites include Cinema Nouveau, V & A Waterfront in Cape Town from the 18 – 27
September, Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau in Pretoria between 01 - 05 October and will finish off in
Durban at Musgrave Sterkinekor from the 08 – 12 October. A collaborative effort, between Tri Continental Film Festival, Encounters South African
International Documentary Festival and the Southern Africa Communications for Development
nd(SACOD), the 2 Biennial People to People Documentary Conference will be held in
conjunction with the festival. The conference will run from 10 to 12 September in Johannesburg.
Tickets to the festival cost R30 and are available online either on your WAP-enabled cell phone
or PC, at TicketLine 082 16789 (value added service rates apply), in cinema at the self service
terminals (SSTs) or Box Offices and at Touchmart Transaction Access Points (TAP).
Please see screening schedule below
For more information on the festival, please visit www.3continentsfestival.co.za
Issued by: On behalf of:
Total Exposure Ster-Kinekor Theatres
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About Tri-continental Film Festival:
Tri Continental Film Festival is South Africa's premier human rights film festival. It has been running since 2003. Films showcased on the festival are mainly from Africa, Asia and Latin America and deal primarily with human rights issues. Every year a number of international filmmakers visit the Festival to present their films to audiences in the form of Q and A sessions and master classes. The Festival also runs an outreach programme in association with institutions and community organisations around South Africa.
10-13 September Ster-Kinekor Junction, Maponya Mall, Soweto
14-20 September Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg
17-20 September Cinema Nouveau, Bedford Square, Johannesburg
18-27 September Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
01-05 October Cinema Nouveau, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria
08-12 October Ster-Kinekor, Musgrave Centre, Durban