The Architect Africa Film Festival (AAFF), the first festival of its kind in South Africa, will be screening a selection of award-winning films at Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg. The festival

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will provide a unique look at the importance of architecture and the built environment as reflected in film.

According to the organisors the AAFF aims to create awareness of the need for thoughtful design and the important role of architecture in society. Other cultural events – such as exhibitions and debates – which will form part of the festival aim to create awareness of major issues in architecture and construction, including capacity building, training and education, sustainable development and innovation.

Films on offer include Lagos: Wide and Close (2005), featuring major international architect Rem Koolhaas, The End of Suburbia (2004), which looks at America’s doomed love affair with suburbia, Mambety’s Contra’s City (1968) as well as documentaries on Sir John Soane, Carlo Scarpa, Gwathmey Siegel, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The festival will run at these Cinema Nouveau theatres on the following dates:
Johannesburg: 17– 23 August 2007 – The Mall, Rosebank
Durban: 24–30 August 2007 – Gateway Shopping Centre
Cape Town: 31 August to 6 September 2007 – Cavendish Square

The event is endorsed by the South African Institute of Architects, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, the Gauteng Film Commission and the Gauteng Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage.

For more information on this event visit www.archinet.co.za or www.sterkinekor.com for screening details on the film festival.