Just Four Days Left of Encounters Film Festival

Cape Town film festival's popularity calls for organisers to increase festival line-up

Just four days are left before the 11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will draw to a close after a marathon run of 17 days in Cape Town.

Although the final count is not in yet, the festival has experienced multiple sold out screenings during stormy Cape Town weather.

Full houses give an indication of audience’s preferences – a combination of award winning films, well known filmmakers, and celebrity ‘subjects’.

So far, the festival has enjoyed sold out screenings for animated Waltz with Bashir, music-based Fokofpolisiekar, Sea Point Days, Defamation, The Invincibles, Encounters at the end of the world, as well as Kentridge and Dumas in Conversation.

Other festival darlings are The Manuscripts of Timbuktu, Rewind, Who Killed Maggie, Rip – A Remix Manifesto, The Queen and I, and Nature of Life.

Due to popular demand, the organisers of Encounters were delighted to announce additional screenings to the Festival line-up.

Francois Verster’s
Sea Point Days has been well received by the public, selling out both screenings on the first weekend.


An additional screening of Sea Point Days is scheduled for Saturday 18th July, 2:30pm at Cine 9. See complete overview.


Fokofpolisiekar “Forgive them for they know not what they do”, directed by Brian Little, received an overwhelming response with all four screenings sold out before the Festival opened to the public.

An additional screening
is schedule for Friday 17th, 10:30pm at Cine 9. See complete overview.

Other music films
are also receiving a great response from the audiences.


RIP – A Remix Manifesto by Brett Gaylor – makes an impassioned plea for the re-introduction of free speech and ‘fair use’ in all areas of culture.

It will be screening again on Friday 10th, 6:30pm and Wednesday 15th, 8:45pm. See complete overview.


Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi takes us on a journey with Grammy award winning Senegalese artist Youssou N’dour.

This powerful film
will screen again on Friday 17th, 8:15pm and Sunday 19th, 6pm. See complete overview.


Yandé Codou, Griot of Senghor (La Griotte De Senghor) by Angèle Diabang Brener about the legendary griot to the President of Senegal.

Yandé Codou will screen again on Tuesday 14th, 8pm. See complete overview.


Jitsvinger: Maak it Ann by Nadine Angel Cloete about poet, activist and hip hopster Jitsvinger alias Quinton Goliath, screens on Thursday 9th at 6:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A. See complete overview.


The passion behind music is explored through the Philadelphia Orchestra in Music From the Inside Out by Daniel Anker.

The film screens
on Sat 11th, 5pm; Mon 13th, 8:30pm and Sat 18th, 3:45pm. See complete overview.

The organisers als
o regret to announce that Velcrow Ripper, director of Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action has cancelled his attendance of the Festival due to an injury.

His Master Class
on sound, scheduled for Saturday 11th, 9am as well as the Q&A’s after the screening of his film have all been cancelled.

The screenings
of the film will go ahead as scheduled. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this might have caused you.

With so many additional
screenings being added to the line-up there will be plenty to keep you busy at the 2009 Encounters Documentary Film Festival.

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2009:

Date: 3 - 19 July 2009
Venue: Nu Metro Cinema
Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Price: R33 p/p*
Contact: +27(0)21 465 4686
Website: www.encounters.co.za

*Tickets can be purchased online on the Encounters website or at the V&A Waterfront box office

To not let this festival go by (again) make sure you have looked through the completed Encounters Festival Overview.

An absolute recommendation is our new events section for a look at the individual Encounter Festival Day.

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