Fatherless and raised by his grandmother, thirteen year old Ricardo Galam lives in the Cape Flats, a culture dominated by two Number gangs, the 26 and 28. Ricardo's future as a chess prodigy is threatened by his growing interest in the 26 whose local leader is grooming him as a potential member. Unknown to Ricardo, the father he's never known is released from prison. A reformed general in the 28, he’s back in his old neighbourhood, an intruder in 26 territory.
SA Production Companies: Giant Films, Moonlighting Films
The Endless River (2015)
A young waitress welcomes her husband home to the small South African town of Riviersonderend (Endless River) after 4 years in jail. When the family of a foreigner living on a nearby farm is brutally murdered, the young woman and the grieving widower gravitate towards each other. Trapped in a cycle of violence and bloodshed, they form an unlikely bond seeking to transcend their mutual anger, pain and loneliness.
In a remote stretch of Patagonia, Argentina, there is a 100-year-old community that speaks Afrikaans - a language only spoken in South Africa. After the destruction of a war with the British, these Boers - descendants of Dutch settlers - sailed across the ocean to start a new life. Today, only a few dozen still speak the language and they are struggling to keep their culture alive. The film is a portrait of the last days of the community and one family's longing to reconnect with South Africa.
An ageing academic looks for the young freedom fighter he loved 20 years ago but the boy is now straight, married, and entrenched in Government. Their journey is woven together with that of the affluent mixed-race lesbian couple Dez and Terri struggling to maintain their desires and ambitions while reining in their rebellious beautiful teenage daughter.
The Shore Break, about the proposed titanium mine and tolled highway on the Wild Coast, was described by the jurors of the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award as a “powerful portrayal of a struggle within a local community regarding foreign mining rights in a pristine environment…[It] concisely and movingly uncovers this complex and urgent matter, which is still under investigation and in need of public support.”
It isn't easy being a writer, lost in your own world with girlfriends to maintain and sexy lodgers to deal with! Scribblings is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a writer writing about a writer, Jack, who takes in lodger and how their relationship spirals out of control, blurring his reality.
When strange lights start appearing around their lake house, two sisters, Isabel (Is) and Anna start to realize that everything is not as it seems. While Anna desperately clings to reality, Isabel decides to give in to the magic and follow the lights.
SA Production Company: Sinkwa Productions. Directed by Sabine NLD Bittle.
Necktie Youth (2015)
In a haze of drugs and economic privilege, two middle class guys, September (played by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer) and Jabz (Bonko Khoza) embark on a self-destructive bender driving across Joburg in a borrowed Jaguar. The film, which has been likened to Larry Clark’s Kids and the early work of African American filmmaker Spike Lee, has been described by one critic “as the first really distinctive cinematic voice to emerge from a generation of young South Africans to whom the country’s post-democratic history is largely a second-hand abstraction”.
In a riot of colour accompanied by a pulsing and haunting soundtrack from Ross Dorkin of SAMA-winning band, Beatenberg, Love the One You Love is set in Cape Town, and follows three characters who “start to suspect that there’s a conspiracy afoot to to keep them in—and out—of love.” The film, shot on a shoestring budget, is entirely improvised with stunning performances by Chi Mhendi (Terri—a Phone sex operator), Andile Nebulane (Sandile—a dog Handler} and Louw Venter (Eugene—a lonely IT technician).
A Khoe Story 2 – Returning the Remains is part of a thought-provoking trilogy of documentary films about the legacy, oppression and resurgence of South Africa’s indigenous inhabitants, the Khoe and San.