From sex to celebrity, to rebellion and injustice. These are just some of the themes that will be explored at the 13th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 9 to 26 June 2011.
Featuring 37 films from 14 countries and five continents, Encounters also boasts 11 world premiers, 19 South African films and 17 international films.
More than just keeping audiences entertained, the Encounters organisers ensured that the selection of films would make the audience look at the world through a different perspective.
Highlights to look out for include When China Met Africa, an award-winning account of the impact and experience of Africa’s biggest investor. Forerunners looks at South Africa’s emerging black middle class and also scooped the Jury Award at The Pan African Film Festival in Cannes.
Lauren Beukes makes her directorial debut at encounters with Glitterboys and Ganglands, the hopeful story of the Miss Gay Western Cape competition. History Uncut is a rare interview with assisinated Communist Party leader Chris Hani, while Once Upon a Day profiles the queen of African pop music, Brenda Fassie.
For more information, and more films, visit the Enounters Facebook page.
When China Met Africa
Glitterboys and Ganglands