The films screened this month highlight some of the most contested political struggles of communities and individuals from across the globe.

Documentaries for Change
Documentaries for Change

Films screened this month cover historical political movements from that of Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso, (Capitaine Thomas Sankara and A Barefoot Revolution) and the recent upheavals in Egypt, (Dream of Shahrazad) to Hafsat Abiola’s pro-democracy movement in Nigeria (The Supreme Price), and American-in-exile whistle-blower Edward Snowden (CitizenFour).

Many of these films have recently been acknowledged with awards and nominations, including four South African Film and Television (SAFTA) nominations for Dream of Shahrazad and a DocImpact Award for CitizenFour.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch these award-winning films this month at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa.

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10 March
CitizenFour | Laura Poitras | USA | 2014 | 114 min
CIitizenFour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Academy Award – Best Documentary Feature
DocImpact Award 2016

17 March
The Dream of Shahrazad | Francois Verster | Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey | 2014 | 107 min
Recently nominated for four SAFTA’s, The Dream of Shahrazad is a feature-length documentary film which locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution – and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon – within a broader historical and cultural framework: that of storytelling and music. More particularly, it looks at the legacy of the famous collection of stories known as THE 1001 (or “ARABIAN”) NIGHTS.

Plus Poor Us 7min
A short animated take on the history of poverty and inequality.

24 March
The Supreme Price| Joanna Lipper | Nigeria | 2014 | 76 min
The film traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and the efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.

* Best Documentary – Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

A Miner’s Tale | Gabriel Mondlane & Nic Hofmeyr | Mozambique | 2001 | 40 min
Joachim is a migrant labourer who is torn between his responsibilities for his junior wife in South Africa and his senior wife and family in Mozambique.

Third Prize, One World Festival, Nordhein, Westfalia, 2003

31 March
Capitaine Thomas Sankara| Christophe Cupelin | Burkina Faso | 2014 | 52 min
A portrait composed of archives of Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso between 1983 and his murder in 1987. Ready to liberate his country and transform the mentalities of his fellow citizens, contesting the world’s political order and challenging the powers of his time, Sankara stands out strongly in the history both of Africa and of the world.

* Audience Award – Black Movie Film Festival 2013

A Barefoot Revolution
Christian Carmosino | Burkina Faso | 2014 | 54 min
In October 2014 Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou is the theatre of massive demonstrations against the country’s President, Blaise Compaoré, and his attempt to change the Constitution in order to keep the power for 15 more years. As a result of his intransigence, the protest turns into a full revolution, lasting 6 days and nights and ending with Compaoré’s departure, after a dictatorship of 27 years. A transitional government takes over and prepares the elections planned for October 2015.

Sketchaz and her friends | Steps | Lesotho | 2015 | 12 min
Rethabile/”Sketchaz”, whom everyone thinks is lesbian, is a confident young woman. She shows her vulnerability when she takes the decision to disclose her bisexuality to her friends.

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