The VSAFF returns to Vancouver for its fourth year presenting features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa – films that entertain and inform.
All films will be screened at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC.
Beyond the Stereotypes (documentary shorts)
Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
These authentic ‘slice of life’ documentaries challenge our stereotypes of contemporary South African life. Young filmmakers from Big Fish Productions/Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking shine a light on ordinary folks playing out the extraordinary drama of every day life.
Tradition and Change (documentary shorts)
Sun., April 6, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
South Africa’s resilient and diverse cultures are daily challenged by modernization, globalization and consumerism. What is lost when traditions and cultural forms disappear? Which traditions are surviving? Which are worth protecting? We explore these themes through three exciting documentary shorts.
Sat., April 5, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Apartheid laws reached into every corner of South African life. World-class swimmer Derek Orderson was prevented from competing internationally even though he was swimming some of the fastest times in the world. When he retired from competitive swimming, Orderson dedicated his career to training black swimmers living in townships and established the first black lifesaving team in South Africa.
Sat., April 5, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Step into the lives of six artists sculpting South Africa’s future from the fragments of a tumultuous past in this extraordinary documentary. The artists each re-craft history — and the impacts of Apartheid — in their own artistic languages. How does creative expression traverse the divides in contemporary South African life?
Sat., April 5, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Soft Vengeance is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.