Liyana and Celebratory Night…

An outstanding selection of films showcasing the rich tapestry of Southern African film making. This update highlights two of the films.

Liyana, 9th May, opening film and premier for Australia is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children who turn past trauma into an original fable. This poetic film, played at festivals around the world, has won 28 jury and audience awards. The Sunday Times describes Aaron & Amanda Kopp’s directorial debut as, part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.

Marc Radomsky, acclaimed and award-winning film maker will be sharing his insights about Liyana. He has worked closely with Gcina Mahlope, renowned as mother of oral story telling tradition and central personality in Liyana.

Don’t miss this film: it’s truly unforgettable!

Whispering Truth to Power, gala film on the 11th of May charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career.

It is an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, providing insight into several critical issues facing many countries today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.

And after, join us for the Celebratory Party in the Function Room. Here you will enjoy things South African – food, drinks and entertainment – all included. And be prepared for shivers down your spine as you listen to the exquisite voice of diva performer, ex Zimbabwean, Australian Idol and Lion King performer, Tarisai Vushe.

Venue: Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction, Sydney

Ticket Price: All films $21 (concession only for Cinebuzz $20)

Celebratory Night Ticket Price: $60 (all inclusive: film and party)

See the website for dates and session times, synopses and trailers
Bookings open on 9th April through our website at

Besides the great selection of films, your experience at this festival will offer you a taste of many delights of South Africa.

The very best thing is that all net proceeds are in support of Education without Borders (EwB), and specifically a new project in Bellville South, Cape Town.

Learn more about the Bellville South project on our website here, or visit the EwB website here.

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This is the first of a series of newsletters in the lead up to the festival – to give you some insider information, and to help you plan and enjoy the event.

Your passionate festival committee,