Encounters Doccie Fest

Afrikaner Afrikaan

Since Thursday the 12th of this month, the Encounters Documentary Festival has done nothing but challenge my mind. I question myself as to how as a South African resident, I am making this country better for myself and my fellow countrymen? I ask myself as an African, am I aware of what is going on further up across the Limpopo river and beyond? As a world citizen, am I aware of how colonisation has now moved from earth to space? As a human being, do I feed myself with knowledge of self and others, do I take time to enjoy the majesties of nature, am I aware of the modern expression of young artists who move their bodies to a rhythm that is hard for most to even two step to.

Yes, this festival has challenged my mindset not just once. After every screening I attend, I retire to my bed asking myself how can I better myself so as to better those and that around me! Luckily some of the answers come quickly. For instance, last night after attending the screening and panel discussion of Afrikaner Afrikaan, a lot about the frustrations and culture of Afrikaners was made clear to me. Facts in history that my Afrikaner friends have kept away from me, or simply are not aware of, I learnt. So the next will be to watch Afrikaaps so I can tap more into the Cape coloured Afrikaans culture.

Watching A country for my daughter left me in shame of our law enforcers. With such a strong and liberal constitution, why do we still have appauling stats on rape cases. Our country’s girls and women walk on the lookout day by day, fearing rape. Even more disgusting is the fact that some of the offenders are law enforcers. Furthermore, the state dodging to compensate its mistakes in its judgement or offences against the victims. This doccie is for the empowerment of every girl and woman in this country, that they may know that they are laws that protect their bodies from being violated! I wish I had nieces to show this documentary, so that they may know the dangers they face, the protection they have on paper and the process they have to go in the case of the worst happening!

Fortunately I was able to catch Congo In Four Acts at a readers’ screening. I have to say, I knew I have it good living in South Africa, I just didn’t know how good I have it! DRC is probably Africa’s richest country in terms of natural resources, but nothing about the country’s infrastructure shows the wealth its land holds. Corruption in the country costs the everyday person their freedom of existence. The dilapidation of Kinshasa is beyond comprehension, unpaid government employees fight to release their wives from maternity wards and young men under 18 rape women old enough to be their mothers. Worth watching… I got to understand a lot about the Congolese people I have met here in South Africa.

On a lighter note, Unhinged: Surviving Jo’burg is a comic “handbook” to getting through a day in Jozi. The Adrian Loveland doccie is a tell tale of the haps and mishaps in the once City of Gold. It’s fast paced like the city itself, funny and educational. A job well done on tackling Jozi’s hardcore nature in such comedy. Hilarious and a must watch.

Sins of My Father

With films like Turn it loose, A place without people, The Cradock four and Sins of my father on the lineup, I am sure to have a time well spent season at Encounters’ 12th Edition

Hope to see you there,


Art Crossroads is a Festival Programer at Out In Africa, with a passion for writing and experiencing new things...
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