Seven African Short Films Aim to Debunk Myths About Continent

Durban Fest launches program July 20

African Metropolis Shorts Durbin Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival is launching the African Metropolis Short Film Project, seven short films, filmed in seven African cities by seven African directors. The  directors and producers will participating in Q&A sessions after the screenings on July 20 (5 p.m., Musgrave Sterkinekor) and July 21 (4 p.m., Blue Waters Hotel). There will also be a screening July 23  (4 p.m. Ohlange School Hall, Inanda).

There will be a panel discussion 9 a.m. July 21 at the South Deck Room, 11th floor, Blue Waters Hotel.

The project is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African exec producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam.

“African Metropolis held its first workshop at DIFF last year,” says Markovitz. “The festival is a great incubator for creative ideas, and a great platform for networking and sharing ideas. We are all delighted to be able to present seven finished short films at the same time just one year later.”

The films are set in Lagos (director, Folasakin Iwajomo), Abidjan (Philippe Lacote), Kinshasa (Carole Maloba), Dakar (Marie KA), Johannesburg (Vincent Moloi), Cairo (Ahmed Ghoneimy) and Nairobi (Jim Chuchu). The filmmakers’ goals were to show a modern and cosmopolitan Africa and to challenge cliches and misperceptions about the continent.

DIFF manager Peter Machen says: “We are delighted to host the world premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project, which explores and promotes young directing talent from different capitals of the continent. This idea fits perfectly with our own goal of highlighting the emerging African film industry.”