Encounters Documentary Film Festival Comes to KwaZulu-Natal

In November last year when I was down at the Ina-Doxa conference on digital archiving of audio-visual material I was introduced to Lesedi Oluko Moche Festival Director of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Encounters is Africa’s longest running documentary film festival that runs every year in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

At the time of our meeting I was putting together The Digital Campus and so made the suggestion that we should try and bring “the best of Encounters to KwaZulu-Natal. She was open to the idea. So one thing led to another and we are now thrilled to announce that the Encounters International Documentary Festival will be running at Michaelhouse in the picturesque KZN Midlands over the weekend of April 6 and 7.
The line up is fantastic. The award winning film from the Joburg Film Festival starts us off on Saturday evening April 6, Orania by German filmmaker Tobias Linder kicks the festival off at 7 pm on Saturday evening April 6. And then on the Sunday we have the award winning South African films from the last 5 years of Encounters 2008-2012:
Shamiela’s House: Robyn Rorke
FOKOFPOLISIEKAR “Forgive them for they know not what they do”: Bryan Little
The 16th Man: Clifford Bestall
Forerunners: Simon Wood
The African Cypher: Bryan Little

 The Encounters festival will also run parallel in the same venue to DocuFest Africa a documentary photo and archives festival that will be run for the first time. Both festivals are also sandwiched by The Digital Campus which is being run during the week on either side. So there will be lots to do in the KZN Midlands.
Picture from Bryan Little’s award winning South African documentary film African Cypher that follows dancers as they prepare in townships and on the streets for the Red Bull Beat Battle