The Encounters documentary film festival opens this week with a lineup that includes some compelling movies exploring creative struggles, triumphs, personalities and pioneers in Africa. The beauty of a festival like this is that it presents the opportunity to shine a light on so many stories that haven’t been told yet.
Here are seven films we’re looking forward to seeing:
“Asni: Courage, Passion and Glamour in Ethiopia” by Rachel Samuel
Considered the Ethiopian Edith Piaf of her time, Asnaketch Worku pioneered the way for women in theatre and music during the 50s and 60s. Dripping in glamour and full of gumption, the performer is now a legendary cultural icon.
“Beats of the Antonov” by Hajooj Kuka
Filmmaker and reporter Hajooj Kuka uncovers the harsh reality of life in war-torn Sudan. The film focusses on the sheer resilience of the locals, who despite the horrors of everyday life find solace in traditional music created with makeshift instruments.
“The Dream of Shahrazad” by Francois Verster
The stories of individual characters are woven into a bold tale of resistance in this award-winning documentary by Capetonian Francois Verster, director of the Emmy award-winning “A Lion’s Tale”. Behind the narrative, the act of storytelling surfaces as a means to combat conflict in territories of the Arab spring.
“In Search of our Own: The Forgotten Legacy of Norman Eaton” by Adriaan De La Rey and J.P. Kotzé
A retrospective exploring South African architect Norman Eaton and his portfolio of work acclaimed for its African quality and artful workmanship. The film honours Eaton’s memory as peers and critics discuss his architecture and what makes it so unique.