Film festival premiers at V&A Waterfront

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival will see 20 documentary films being screened from Wednesday October 10 until Friday October 19 at various cinemas at the V&A Waterfront.

Among the list of documentaries is award-winning South African director Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall, which is a look at the #FeesMustFall student movement.

The story is told by four student leaders at the University of the
Witwatersrand and their vice-chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist.

Another South African documentary, Hear My Music – the Dizu Plaatjies Story from director Ron Stuart, will also premiere.

The documentary tells the story of Dizu Plaatjies, the musician, scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music.

His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa Township to concert stages world-wide, is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary.

Whispering Truth to Power, from film-maker and human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat, tracks Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female public protector, as she builds her second case against the country’s president, Jacob Zuma. The final cut of Cape Town director Weaam William’s District Six: Rising from the Dust, that just recently won an Award of Excellence from the Scandinavian Film Festival, will also be screened at the festival.

The film takes the viewer through her personal account of how in 1966 the homes and land of her grandparents were declared an all-white area under apartheid’s oppressive Group Areas Act.

Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s film, New Moon has also been selected for the festival. The Kenyan film-maker takes viewers on a journey of spiritual awareness.

Documentaries from as far afield as Germany, France, Lebanon, Cameroon, Syria, Japan, the USA and Australia will also be featured.

For more information on this year’s CTIFMF, visit