Since its inception nine years ago, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has grown in popularity and size. According to the organisers a record number of

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over 500 films from around the world will be screened this year.

Eleven world premières have been included among the 52 films from 18 countries. In addition, the second African Focus will feature films from Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 18 local and 10 international filmmakers will be in attendance as official guests of the festival. The Jameson Environmental Focus will consist of four top documentaries that look at the state of the environment. In addition, a number of events will be held, including the SABC/Encounters master classes with award-winning filmmakers, presentations by the SABC and the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cultural In/Sensitivity Debate. This debate will look at the mis/understanding and mis/representation of cultures and censorship. This event will also include the New Media Panel Discussion, in association with Mobfest, which will look at burgeoning digital platforms.

This year’s opening night film, A Pair of Boots and a Bi-Cycle, tells the story of the roles Black South Africans played in the Second World War. The film’s director, Vincent Moloi, scooped last year’s Jameson Encounters Audience Award. Another local film about a remarkable man is Love, Communism, Revolution & Rivonia – Bram Fischer’s Story. South Africa’s most famous satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, and Justice Albie Sachs will introduce the films in which they feature.

Encounters is supported by the SABC, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Jameson Irish Whiskey, the Cape Film Commission (CFC), the Western Cape Provincial Government, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Jan Vrijman Fund, Africalia Belgium, Nu Metro, Tempest Sixt, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Input, Exclusive Books, the British Council, MNet, the French Embassy, the Danish Film Institute, the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria and Holland Film.

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2007.
Johannesburg Nu Metro Hyde Park 13–22 July.
Visit www.encounters.co.za for further information and booking details.