The inaugural SSAFF wrap up

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Dear *|FNAME|*,

Time to wrap up the inaugural SSAFF... AND WHAT A SUCCESS IT WAS!

10 Days, 8 films - 6 of them sell-outs.

A huge thanks to: our sponsors, donors, festival partners, attendees and volunteers! 

Deep gratitude to our major sponsor SA Tourism for sponsoring our Celebratory Night!
To Sue and Alan Lipman for sponsoring Glory Game: The Joost van der Westhuizen story 
and to Peter and Elaine Smaller for sponsoring the Kanarie screening

As a result of the inaugural SSAFF, we are proud to announce that we have sufficient funds to cover the Education without Borders mentoring and leadership program for the first year for 60 young learners at Bellville South Primary School in Cape Town.

As a result of this proven EwB model, these students will have a much better chance of progressing to their next year of study. In 2020, SSAFF will be funding an expanded program at Bellville South that will support many more students.

A few highlights

Opening night - Liyana
Nashen Moodley, Director of Sydney Film Festival opened the festival before we enjoyed the beautiful voices of Philip de Villiers and The Adult Glee Club; Marc Radomsky, film maker, offered rich context for Liyana.

Celebratory Night and Whispering Truth to Power
The sounds of diva Tarisai Vusi accompanied by Simon Jankelson; we heard from SA Tourism, Mosila Sofonia; Elise Fernandez informed us about EwB; Paul Greenberg, auctioneer extraordinaire, achieved great results for 2 amazing auction items: 5 day package from Timeless Safaris and weekend away at Berrilee Ridge; the silent auction so well subscribed; we drank sponsored KWV wines and Castle beer; we ate Cape Malay curries; we danced with abandon to South African beats!


The Ellen Pakkies Story
Elise Fernandez described what life’s like where Ellen lives; Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr Michael Diamond added depth and insight to the story of Ellen.

Glory Game: The Joost van der Westhuizen story
We were privileged to listen to three ex Wallaby captains, George Gregan, Nick Farr-Jones and Simon Poidevin generously share their reflections of Joost. They spoke of their experience of SA soon after the sports boycott lifted; also motor neurone disease research and rugby!

The sound of Bondi Sings Community Choir with Gary Smith; Anton Enus shares closing remarks about democracy in Australia and South Africa.

Remember each one of the films you saw in our sizzle reel:

We felt the rhythms of South Africa with drummer, Ntlantla Phewa.

We relished the biltong, guava roll, creme caramels and other South African ‘sweets’.

Some of us won the nightly draw of a Double Gold Pass kindly donated by Event Cinemas

Thank you so much for being part of our festival. So many speak of being deeply impacted by the experience! 

An exclusive offering from Timeless Safari
Book your African adventure before, 30 June 2019,
and receive an exclusive special rate on your bespoke trip.

As appreciators of scenic panoramas, exquisite wildlife and vibrant cultures, we are celebrating the Sydney South African Film Festival, by offering members and supporters exclusive special rates on travel to Southern & East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Plus a percentage of every booking will be donated to EwB!

Learn more >

Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June) kicks off soon with a stellar line-up of world movies. Don’t miss out on highlights from South Africa including Flatland by Jenna Bass (co-writer of Rafiki) and the poignant documentary Buddha in Africa by Nicole Schafer.

They are giving away 4 double passes to Flatland on 10 June, 6:45pm at Dendy Opera Quays.

Email with "Flatland" as the subject to enter.

Learn more >

Please write to us at to provide us with your feedback or assist with sponsorship next year, and let us know...

Did the EwB project resonate with you? Were you satisfied with the festival experience? And with the end of the financial year nearly upon us, we invite you to make a fully tax deductible donation - any amount - to enable us to keep supporting the students in Bellville South.

Donate now >

And finally, share the love - We need your help to grow our supporter database. If we can extend reach to more people we will be able to deliver more value in coming years to attendees, sponsors and, most importantly, to Education Without Borders - an amazing organisation that supports at risk students in vulnerable communities.

Thank you again.
From your passionate festival committee,


Peter and Elaine Smaller

Sue and Alan Lipman