The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Vancouver South African Film Festival
The second-annual Vancouver South African Film Festival takes place at Denman Cinemas (1779 Comox Street) from April 20 to 22. The three-day festival presents feature films and documentaries that explore culture, history, and politics in South Africa while entertaining and informing audiences.
This year’s opening gala screening is Under African Skies , Joe Berlinger’s documentary on the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s album, Graceland, and the singer-songwriter’s return to South Africa for a reunion concert.
Other highlights include the Canadian premiere of Glitter Boys and Ganglands, filmmaker Lauren Beukes’ documentary on 14 contestants vying for the title of Miss Gay Western Cape, which is South Africa’s largest drag show; Where Do I Stand My Gound, which takes a look at South African youth looking to carve out a place for themselves amongst a divided nation; Paradise Stop, Jann Turner’s comedy, which takes place in a small Limpopo town; and Retribution, director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s psychological thriller.
The Vancouver South African Film Festival will close with a screening of Spud, a family-appropriate comedy starring John Cleese.
Tickets to individual films and festival passes can be purchased online
Under African Skies