This year’s Durban International Film Festival has a heap of must-see movies including crime thrillers from Kenya, romantic comedies from Ghana, and a documentary about the great Nelson Mandela. The festival was held from July 17 to 21.
- Veve. This Kenyan crime feature film stars Lizz Njagah and is directed by Simon Mukali. This is a crime drama about a narcotic cop and the crime underworld of Kenya.
- Difret. This feature film by Zeresenay Behane Mehari with Angelina Jolie as the executive producer is a true story about the harsh reality women are facing in Ethiopia.
- The Two of Us. Set in South Africa, this film by first time filmmaker Ernest Nkosi is about sibling relationship with themes that would certainly appeal to the international audience.
- Living Funeral. This Nigerian short by Udoka Oyeka is a riveting story about facing death. It is a story of a woman who has breast cancer and her amazing way dealing with it.
- Wegkruipertjie. This short film from South Africa directed by Chatre Chafford is an incredible stop-motion animation about a girl struggling to cope with the death of her mother as she slowly drifts into an imaginary world.
- Black Mamba:The Kiss of Death. This Wild Talk Africa show explores the world of the most poisonous reptiles in Africa. This 50-minute docu is directed by Kira Ivanoff.
- Lady Baboon. Another Wild Talk Africa show about an elderly woman who lives with baboons, 500 of them. This film is directed by Adrian Cale.
- Miners Shot Down. This South African film directed by Rehad Desai is a brave documentary that looks deeper into the August 2012 Marikana miners’ strike. Police gunned down 30 employees during that protest.
- A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake. Directed by Michael Lessac, this documentary is about the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” which was created after the Apartheid.