The Jozi Film Festival has a packed line-up, beginning with the romantic comedy, Fanie Fourie's Lobola. Also being screened is Kanye Kanye, which has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Student Short Film.


Joburg movie buffs are gearing up for the second Jozi Film Festival (JFF), which promises a diverse and fascinating local line-up, including the much-anticipated romantic comedy, Fanie Fourie's Lobola, award-winning features, engaging short films and thought-provoking documentaries.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola, a contemporary South African romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society, is set to kick off this year's festival, which runs from 15 to 17 February. It tells the tale of an Afrikaans guy who falls in love with a Zulu girl and the journey they must take to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola.

Funny yet hard-hitting, the film tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships with humour and honesty. Directed by Henk Pretorius (Bakgat!, Bakgat! 2), and co-written by Pretorius and Janine Eser, Fanie Fourie's Lobola stars talented newcomer Zethu Dlomo as Dinky as well as comedy favourite Eduan van Jaarsveld as the affable Fanie.

The film is the first to come out of Once Upon a Story, a script development initiative headed by Paul Raleigh and Eser, which aims to take great South African stories to the big screen and the world.

Out of Africa producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela responded to the screenplay saying: "When we read the script, we laughed out loud. A rare event when reading a screenplay, but what took us by surprise was how the story captured our hearts and moved us so much."

Eser explained: "At its core, the movie is a real love story between two quirky characters who are deeply attracted to each other. But the South African context brings a fresh and unique backdrop to the obstacles they have to overcome. It's really heartening to hear test audiences saying: 'This is such a great date movie!'"

Helen Kuun, the chief executive officer of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa, said it was a long-awaited, fun love story that would tug at audiences' heartstrings. "In the tradition of Jumping the Broom and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it asks if the young lovers can endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love, family and different cultures."

Fanie Fourie's Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape à Motana.

Other features will be screened at three venues. According to JFF founder Lisa Henry, the world premiere of Miklas Manneke's Kanye Kanye would also be shown at the festival. It has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Student Short Film.

For all screenings at The Bioscope and at Villa Arcadia, tickets are R25 online and R20 at the door. The Kliptown open air screening is a free event – no tickets are necessary.

Film schedule

Narrative film feature:

Fanie Fourie's Lobola

Zama Zama

Jozi Kings


Narrative film short:

Elegy for a Revolutionary

My Room at the Centre of the Universe

Train Blues


Die Laughing


Energy Means Power

Suzaan Heynes Fashion Week 2012

Documentary film feature:


Me, You, Mankosi

The Last Rhino

All the President's Elephants

Documentary film short:


Student film:

Kanye Kanye (Afda)

River of Stone (Big Fish)

Beauty and the Beast (Big Fish)

The Prince of Denmark (Big Fish)

Msulwa – Honesty (Afda)

Every Other Day (Afda)

Visit the Jozi Film Festival website for more information about the movies, including venues and screening times.