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AMY

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Dir: ASIF KAPADIA
Country: UNITED KINGDOM (2015)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 128 MIN
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ATTILA MARCEL

Paul is a sweet man-child, raised - and smothered - by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. Paul's aunts have only one dream for him: to win piano competitions. Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions of his upstairs neighbor...

Dir: SYLVIAN CHOMET
Country: FRANCE (2014)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 106 MIN
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BAROLO BOYS

STORY OF A REVOLUTION. Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was unknown even in its production region, the beautiful Langhe in northwestern Italy. Barolo’s current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the so-called “Barolo Boys.”

Dir: PAOLO CASALIS & TIZIANO GAIA
Country: ITALY (2014)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 64 MIN
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BEING GOOD

A new primary school teacher struggles to deal with his new students and their over-protective parents. When he learns that one of his pupils is being abused, he decides to do something about it...

Dir: MIPO O
Country: JAPAN (2015)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 121 MIN
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BLACK MONKEY

An expatriate enters the Masante kingdom to preach the Word of God but his real intention is to steal their precious stones and gold. Can the Black Monkey, their High Priest, stop him?

Dir: FRANK GHARBIN
Country: GHANA (2016)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 120 MIN
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BOKUL

The story of three rural characters from diverse backgrounds – an old fisherman, a young rickshaw puller and a young unwed mother – all of them named ‘Bokul’, as viewed by an urban young man who has come back to his hometown after a gap of a few years.

Dir: REEMA BORAH
Country: INDIA (2018 unreleased)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 100M MIN
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CAIN'S SHADOW

On the night of November 5th, 2025, a child called Angela disappears. Around this umpteenth case of disappearance will intertwine the lives and stories of both a young inspector called Ada, a young woman in search of her little sister who disappeared many years before; and Eddi, a transsexual speaker of a late night radio programme.

Dir: ANTONIO DE PALO
Country: ITALY (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 30 MIN
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CONFESSOR

A saga that revolves around James a bar tender who earns barely enough to support his family. However, he gets the fortune of hearing some damning secrets from his patrons. Unknown to them he uses the information to extract money from them.

Dir: GILBERT LUKALIA
Country: KENYA (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 16 Min
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CHAMPION

Harsh midwinter. A frozen marriage in a remote cabin. A man from the past returns to seek revenge, and long lost feelings come alive. A wordless battle begins and the eternal love triangle finally comes to an end.

Dir: MÅNS BERTHAS
Country: SWEDEN (2015)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 19 MIN
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CHEBET

10 year old Chebet seeks out a new country of belonging after a cultural confrontation in her home land.

Dir: MWAGALE WAHEEDAH
Country: UGANDA (2015)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 10 MIN

CHELSEA

A young lady struggles to honor her values. Her primary support sadly turns out to be the advocate of her demise.

Dir: PERCY ZVIMBA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 12 MIN

DAR NOIR

A narcotics cop who moonlights as a heroin addict, finds redemption and a future in a sassy working girl who sees the gentle, loving man within, if only he can escape the darkness that keeps pulling him down.

Dir: HAMADI MWAPACHU
Country: TANZANIA (2015)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 102 MIN
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DARK MOMENTS

A rural action adventure that deals with a young orphan man whose grandfather is tragically killed just as he is about to reveal to him a life altering secret about his biological father…

Dir: APOSTLE GEORGE DHLIWAYO
Country: ZIMBABWE (2015)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 90 MIN

DOGS ON THE RUN

A look at the lives of professional sex workers and the prejudices they face in their day to day lives.

Dir: ODETTE VAN RENSBURG
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 5 MIN

DOPE

This coming-of-age film follows Malcolm, a teenager growing up in a rough section of California. He's obsessed with '90s hip-hop, and is teased mercilessly for his commitment to dressing like the rappers from that era. Malcolm is a smart kid with dreams of getting into an Ivy League school. One night he attends a party in honor of a local drug dealer, and what transpires is a wild night...

Dir: RICK FAMUYIWA
Country: USA (2015)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 105 MIN
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ESCAPE

A mixed race man, Charles, discovers as his white mother is dying that his father is Zimbabwean. So he goes to Harare to find him. He is a stranger in town and is enveloped in a range of mysterious situations. He is torn between two women. Tsitsi is the hotel owner’s wife and is so fundamentally damaged that she is evil. She wants Charles to kill her husband. Then there is a modern woman, Anna, who offers a real alternative. Charles is becomes tormented by his dreams and repressed memories which begin to return.

Dir: AGNIESZKA PIOTROWSKA & JOE NJAGU
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 90 MIN
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FREEDOM

This is a story about ambition, greed and the daily hustle faced by Zimbabweans and how they cope with their plight. Set in the high density suburb of Tshabalala in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Freedom lives a dangerous life of drug dealing and general trouble. Soon a deal goes wrong and he has to choose to kill or be killed.

Dir: TAWANDA MAUCHAZA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2015)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 17 MIN

GIDI BLUES

Akin is an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place. Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city’s worst slum. Their encounter drags Akin into a whirlwind experience that unravels his world.

Dir: FEMI ODUGBEMI
Country: NIGERIA (2016)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 103 MIN

GIRLS DON’T FLY

An airstrip, a hangar and a classroom somewhere in rural Ghana: This is the place where 18-year-old Lydia and 20-year-old Esther hope to achieve their dream: learning how to fly. They have joined the first aviation school for girls in West Africa. There, an ambitious Englishman wants to train young women from rural areas to become pilots.

Dir: MONIKA GRASSL
Country: GERMANY (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 91 MIN

HOOKED ON YOUR LOVE

This film is about a girl who is trying to take care of her husband after he got involved in an accident and left paralyzed.

Dir: KUDAKWASHE MUROMBEDZI
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 27 MIN

HUPENYU

A young girl is forced into a marriage by her father.

Dir: WILSON BISWELL
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 20 MIN

IF ONLY

If only explores issues of sexual abuse between married couples.

Dir: KUDA BWITITI
Country: ZIMBABWE(2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 4 MIN

I WANT TO BE A KING

Abbas has turned his own home to a guest house in a nomadic area of Iran. With the support of his wife and three children, he runs a successful Eco-tourism business. He has an ambitious dream, creating a new tribe by his own and becoming the sovereign. Therefore, he plans seriously to fulfill his dream and searching for a nomadic girl to be the queen of his tribe...

Dir: MEHDI GANJI
Country: IRAN (2014)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 72 MIN

I WENT FRANCE, CANNES

An Iranian filmmaker is invited to a film festival in France. He tries to convince the government to support him to go to the festival but it's useless. He provides his travel expenses with a lot of difficulty. The last day he is arrested by the security police of Iran.

Dir: ZANYAR AZIZI
Country: IRAN (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 52 MIN
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LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH

An insecure and jealous girl is obsessed with her boyfriend because he is too good and handsome. On hearing him talking “suspiciously” on the phone, she beats him up only to discover that he was talking to his mother…

Dir: MELGIN TAFIRENYIKA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 16 MIN

MAKOKO: FUTURES AFLOAT

In the heart of Nigeria’s fastest growing city, Lagos, two worlds constantly live out the irony of economic realities. Divided by the popular third mainland bridge, the bustling economic part of the city stands adjacent to MAKOKO – a sprawling fishing community, floating on the waste of the city. Neglected by the government...

Dir: FEMI ODUGBEMI
Country: NIGERIA (2014)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 30 MIN
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MAPUTO

This film is about the city. Maputo is a young African capital city emerging at the frenetic rhythm of the global financial demand. Some say it’s not meant for everyone. “Each man for himself”.

Dir: JOÃO GRAÇA / FÁBIO RIBEIRO
Country: MOZAMBIQUE (2015)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 74 MIN

MARIA

A new marriage has hit the rocks when Tete finds out that the girl her nephew has married is not a virgin, since the white bed sheets are not stained the morning after. The explanation however is not that simple.

Dir: MUNASHE CHITSIGA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 9 MIN

MWANASIKANA 2

Tsitsi’s journey to tracing her biological father continues. With the help of Peter, Tsitsi finally finds her father’s homestead but she is welcomed with mixed emotions by the family as her identity is put under scrutiny. Tsitsi is later welcomed and accepted fully into the family after some hard evidence surfaces that she was indeed their blood, but this marks the beginning of a greater war as Tsitsi battles with her own life through the mysteries that start to unveil soon after her acceptance into her father’s family.

Dir: NAKAI TSURO
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 105 MIN

NORMAL

Fabricio, a Chavista young man, stays at home during the political rioting that occurred in Venezuela in 2014. Alejandra, his ex-girlfriend, a member of the opposition who has been participating in the rioting, is pursued by the National Guard, suddenly arrives at his house looking for a place to hide. Due to the volatile situation in the streets, Fabricio lets her until it is safe. During their time together they end up dealing with their political differences, which in the past led to their separation.

Dir: VADIM LASCA
Country: VENEZUELA (2015)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 17 MIN

NGOZI

In Zimbabwe, women are still vulnerable to some entrenched customary practices, despite the legal prohibitions. “Ngozi” is a customary practice of offering a young girl as compensatory payment in appeasement of an avenging deceased spirit 4-year-old Chipo is handed over for marriage to an aggrieved spirit that claimed 5 lives of her family members...

Dir: DOROTHY MECK
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 18 MIN

ONE KIND THING

An HIV Positive husband forces himself on his HIV negative wife without using protection.

Dir: MANYARA MABHANDE
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 8 MIN

PEGGY

Peggy, is a notorious ghost Prostitute that wrecks marriages.

Dir: KUDA BWITITI
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 4 MIN

PURPLE RAIN

A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his short-tempered father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia. But another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight and his girl.

Dir: ALBERT MAGNOLI
Country: USA (1984)
Category: FEATURE
Duration: 111 MIN
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RURAMAI

Ruramai is a rural girl who is manipulated by her brother in-law, Jack, to come. He tries to lure his friend to sleep with her to cover his actions if anything goes wrong.

Dir: MANYARA MABHANDE
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 20 MIN

SEIKO

Seiko is story about a girl who is deaf and dumb; she suffers from being alienated because of her disability. We get to experience her world through music and visuals.

Dir: SYDNEY TAIVAVASHE
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 18 MIN

SEKAI

Sekai is a story set up to address issues of rape and peer pressure

Dir: MELL SEANS
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 43 MIN

SONITA

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Country: IRAN (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 90 MIN
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SHIELA

SHEILA is a short film set in Johannesburg, South Africa. It's about Sheila, a black domestic worker whose relationship with her new white employer Angela is put to the test when she lies about having to attend a funeral when, in fact, she wants to go to her best friend’s wedding.

Dir: VICKI KISNER
Country: UK (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 18 MIN

SHWABADA

SHWABADA: The Music of Ndikho Xaba is an inquiry into the music of composer and multi-instrumentalist Ndikho Xaba, a musical ode to a man "whom ‘Jazz’ is much too small to define." The documentary film navigates the world of theatre and music to arrive at an intimate portrait of an African artist.

Dir: NHLANHLA MASONDO
Country: SOUTH AFRICA (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 84 MIN
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TORO

Two boys are smoking weed and they start experiencing the same dream, with one trying to kill the other.

Dir: DERBY BHETA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 10 MIN

THE BICYCLE MAN

A 50 year old village gardener discovers he has breast cancer; not knowing where the disease comes from, Steven starts to isolate himself from his garden and his family.

Dir: NTOMBOZUKO TWIGGY MATIWANA
Country: SOUTH AFRICA (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 26 MIN

THE COLLECTOR

A young blind artist, Jane, is caught up between the battle of beliefs; Christianity versus tradition. Her mother believes in God and her grandmother believes in the ancestral world. Mukwa, the man who buys her paintings, is either a man of God or the devil’s advocate, who forces Jane to make choice. Whatever decision Jane makes it has a life-long implication in her life.

Dir: JUSTICE CHAPWANYA MOKOENA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2015)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 16 MIN

THE LONG DISTANCE

A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager. A journey into presumed luck unexpectedly leads to the limits of human capacity. How much can hope make you endure pain in the fight against your own body?

Dir: DANIEL ANDREAS SAGER
Country: GERMANY (2015)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 90 MIN
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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

When President Abdoulaye Wade wanted to run for office yet again in 2011, a resistance movement formed on the streets. Shortly afterwards, a group of school friends, including rappers Thiat and Kilifeu, set up "Y'en a marre" ("We Are Fed Up"), with filmmaker Rama Thiaw soon coming on board to start documenting events - from an "insider" perspective.

Dir: RAMA THIAW
Country: SENEGAL (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 110 MIN
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THE VIRGIN VEGAN

Butcher’s daughter Thato returns to her South African township home with her Cambridge MBA and is expected to run the family butchery business which funded her studies. At her homecoming dinner party, she reveals that she’s now a vegan. Chaos ensues!

Dir: REABETSWE MOETI
Country: SOUTH AFRICA (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 24 MIN

THOSE WHO JUMP

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence...

Dir: MORITZ SIEBERT, ESTEPHAN WAGNER, & ABOU BAKAR SIDIBÉ
Country: GERMANY (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 82 MIN

UUSHIMBA

Uushimba is a story of a young man called Hangula who arrives in the city to seek greener pastures. He gets caught up with his cousin Tangeni’s thug life ways and becomes a recruit in Tangeni’s gang. An opportunity presents itself for Hangula to pursue his ambitions of a career in art, but Tangeni convinces him to do one last robbery job with them before he is willing to help realise Hangula’s dreams.

Dir: KHAMA NAKANDUUNGILEH
Country: NAMIBIA (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 24 MIN
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VEILED

This film tells the story of a young man, Ekow, who has experienced a harsh and abusive life at the hands of several family members including his father, which has left profound emotional, mental and physical effects in his life. Due to that experience he had as a boy, Ekow is very protective of his little sister, Aseye and will do everything to keep her safe.

Dir: Andy Siaw
Country: GHANA (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 29 MIN

ZANLA COMES TO TOWN PT2

It is 11 December 1978 when a group of 8 daredevil ZANLA combatants attack the BP and Shell Petrol Depot right in the heart of Salisbury delivering a devastating blow to the enemy; psychologically, politically, economically and militarily to send shockwaves to the generality of white Rhodesia and her allies...

Dir: MASIMBA MUSARIRI
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 79 MIN
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ZIM DANCEHALL TO THE WORLD

A look at the rise and rise of the localized version of dancehall, dubbed Zim Dancehall, incorporating interviews from some of Zimbabwe’s biggest dancehall artist such as Winky D.

Dir: JUAN GOMEZ
Country: USA (2016)
Category: DOCUMENTARY
Duration: 8 MIN

ZVIROTO ZVIROTO

Tinashe is day dreaming in love with a rich and sexy girl who is taking great care of him, he only realises that he was dreaming after a fellow friend woke him up.

Dir: LLOYD CHIKWAMA
Country: ZIMBABWE (2016)
Category: SHORT FILM
Duration: 13 MIN