Ugandan feature film ‘Galz About Town’ directed by Hassan Mageye won ‘Best East African Movie’ at the prestigious Kenyan Riverwood Academy Awards, held on the 12 March 2016. The feature film by New Cinema Productions had been on a successful run, picking up nominations at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Mashariki African Film Festival earlier the year. ‘Galz About Town’ written by Waheedah Mwagale, is a story based on the prostitution world in Uganda, exposing the different ways prostitutes service their clients and the lifestyle they live through selling sex. Check out the trailer below…
South African feature film “Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word” directed by Thabang Moleya, had been well received among film enthusiasts, silencing critics and grossing R2 371 782 in box office receipts opening weekend. Based on the award winning novel by Cynthia Jele, the cast includes Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman and Mmbatho Montsho as lead actress, exploring the story of three career women in search of true love in the “city of gold”, Johannesburg. The romantic drama by Moleya went on to be the best performing new release of the weekend, attracting 45 000 people and outshining international releases like, ”50 Shades of Black”, “13 Hours” and “Hail, Ceasar”, to name a few. “Happiness Is A Four- Letter Word” is still currently screening at South African cinemas nationwide, so don’t hesitate or you might be too late! Check out the official trailer below…
What if three best friends who think they are happy have their perfectly constructed lives burst, when one of their ex-fiance reappears, another’s extra marital affair threatens to be exposed and the third’s perfect boyfriend is revealed to be living a double life?
“Happiness is a Four Letter Word” is a heart-warming romantic drama exploring the lives of three best friends, Nandi, Zaza and Princess, living the good life in fast paced Johannesburg. Nandi is on the fast track to being made partner at her law firm and is engaged to emerging entrepreneur, Thomas. Zaza is a trophy wife to the wealthy and successful property developer Bheki. And Princess is the celebrated owner of one of the trendiest art gallery in town, and is living with her sexy and talented boyfriend, Leo. But things aren’t what they seem…
Based on the novel, Happiness is a Four-Letter word, by Cynthia Jele, these strong, empowered, and highly individual women find themselves having to negotiate new norms of being upwardly mobile black women in a rapidly changing South Africa. In a time when wealth and positions seems to be more important than traditional values, each woman will find out that happiness is not found in a one-side-fits-all box. Only through trial and sacrifice will each friend discover what it is that truly makes them happy.
“Lamb”(2015) directed by Yared Zeleke is Ethiopia’s first ever film to be officially selected at the Cannes International Film Festival 2015.
Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home. Check out the official trailers below in Amharic with French and English subtitles.
“Wako” is a feature length film from award winning director Zziwa Aaron Alone set in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Director Zziwa Aaron Alone co-directed “The Superstition” with Paresh Gondaliya which went on to win a number of international awards. Wako tells the life story of a young hustler \ going through the criminal underworld to save the life of his cervical cancer-stricken sister. See the official trailer below…
A woman marries an abusive, violent man, who cheats on her with a woman he introduces to his wife as a sister-in-law. The wife, Alice, gets frustrated and in one of his violent attacks on her, she kills him in self-defence. She is acquitted of the case. Her co-wife, Viola, bewitches her, unleashing charms that make Alice unable to leave her house. Worse still, her husband’s ghost returns to haunt her from within, seeking revenge. Unable to go outside, haunted from inside, the movie tells the events of Alice’s struggle to get her life back.
What if you discovered that love was a conspiracy? Would you still love the one you love? South African feature film “Love the one you love” marks the directorial debut of promising filmmaker Jenna Bass.
Release date: 2015 (Cape Town, South Africa)
Director: Jenna Bass
Cast: Louw Venter, Chi Mhende, Andile Nebulane, Dayaan Salie, Mzu Ntantiso, Nelson Das Neves, Thenji Stemela, Lise Slabber, Kira Wilkinson
South African feature film “For Love and Broken Bones” by Tebogo Malope walked away with all the spoils at the Portland Film Festival 2015, winning the festivals prestigious main award, Best Film. To earn the title of Best Film, “For Love and Broken Bones” had to compete against 220 other films screened at the Portland Film Festival to win the Jury Narrative Feature Section. After the great success at Portland Film Festival, the South African filmed and produced feature film is likely to generate a buzz among festival goers at the New York Independent Film Festival running from the 12-18 October 2015, with the film making official selection at 6th annual film festival.
“For Love and Broken Bones” starring Lerato Mvelase and Mduduzi Mabaso, tells the story of a lonely and ruthless debt collector who falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner, who also happens to be his latest assignment. Can they overcome their old fears and let love into their lives? And can he save her and her son in time before his powerful and dangerous boss comes back to collect his money. Check out the trailer to Teboge Malope’s film “For Love and Broken Bones” below.
What happens to an adolescent discovering they attracted to the same sex? To make circumstances more complex, what is it like to be an interracial homosexual couple in South Africa? Well, allow South African feature film “While You Weren’t Looking” produced by Out in Africa, to demystify some perceptions you may have with regard to homosexuals and their experiences through the eyes of one family.“While You Weren’t Looking” directed by Catherine Stewart, follows the shaky marriage of a mixed raced lesbian couple and their daughter Asanda’s new found discovery of being a lesbian. The film shot on location in Cape Town, highlights South African issues like race, gender, identity, class and sexuality through the eyes of one homosexual family. “While You Weren’t Looking” won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Pink Apple Film Festival 2015, and recently screened at the Durban International Film Festival 2015. Check out the official trailer below…
Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa, who seem to have it all. When a wedding anniversary gift goes very wrong, cracks begin to show. They must now learn to cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to destroy the seemingly perfect world they’ve crafted. Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
Set in South Africa, 10 years after apartheid comes a feature film “LADYGREY”, the directorial debut of former cinematographer Alain Choquart. The French-Belgian South African production, tells the tale of a black and white community residing at the base of the Drakensberg Mountains, living in trauma due to a series of unsolved killings. Everyone remembers the killings but instead choose to remain quiet, until the arrival of a young woman shatters the entire fragile balance in the town.
Ten years after the end of Apartheid. Inside a French mission established at the foot of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, a community of black and white South Africans tries to live without recalling the violent clashes of the past that have left their secret scars on everyone. The past will suddenly emerge and break the silence, endangering the fragile balance of reconciliation and the slightly crazy dreams of the community’s most innocent members.
Director: Alain Choquart Country: South Africa, France, Belgium Year: 2015 Duration: 109 min