First glimpse of what to expect at this year’s Durban International Film Festival

A scene from Valley of a Thousand Hills, directed by Bonnie Sithebe. (Photo: Supplied/DIFF)

AN EVENT: The Durban International Film Festival


The Creative Arts Center (CCA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from July 21-30.

The theme for this year’s 43rd edition of the festival is “Adaptation, Survival and Sustainability”.

DIFF will present a selection of South African premieres, which includes a diverse number of feature films, documentaries and short films.

The festival also organized a hybrid film presentation program consisting of almost 200 feature films, documentaries, short films and student films. The films selected highlight alternative gazes through different prisms.

“DIFF prides itself on discovering and nurturing new talent, and every year we select films from filmmakers from different countries, including first-time feature film directors,” festival director Valma Pfaff said in a statement. a press release.

“The 43rd edition is no exception with almost 30% of first feature films programmed, which makes us very happy,” added Pfaff.

The program celebrates the myriad ways in which we have restructured our lives to reflect current global direction.

The greatest strength of the program is its contribution and representation of 50% female content.

DIFF 2022 will be presented in a hybrid edition with online screenings on Durbanfilmfest.com and a diversity live program presented at Suncoast CineCentre, Durban.

Tickets for the live screenings will be available directly at Suncoast CineCentre and will open by the end of this month. The full festival program will be posted on July 1.

A scene from Donkeyhead, directed by Agam DarshI

A scene from Donkeyhead, directed by Agam Darshi. (Photo: Supplied/DIFF)

Some of the feature films include:

Donkey head (Canada), directed by Agam Darshi in which failed writer Mona is tasked with caring for her ailing Sikh father, but her three successful siblings soon interfere.

Juwa (Belgium), directed by Nganji Mutiri in which a son and a mother are reunited in Belgium, after a traumatic night in the Congo.

Klondike (Ukraine), directed by Maryna Er Gorbach takes place in 2014, at the beginning of the Donbass war. This is the story of future parents, Irka and Tolik, living in disputed territory in Ukraine.

Africa Public Toilets (Ghana), directed by Felix ‘Kofi’ Ofosu-Yeboah, in which a reluctant Ama returns to the town where she was gifted to a white art collector as a little girl, with a quest to even the score.

Wandering Ring (Japan), directed by Masakazu Kaneko, is a fantasy drama about a young man who aspires to be a manga artist and traces the memories of sleeping souls spent in downtown Tokyo.

Skeletons (South Africa), directed by Jade Bowers, is set in the Maluti Mountains and is a magical, realistic film that grapples with social and political issues and issues of land and property.

Valley of a Thousand Hillsdirected by Bonnie Sithebe, in which a young woman from a conservative village must choose between living a lie to remain the perfect Zulu girl or risking her life for true love – with another woman.

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