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Encounters Documentary Festival

The 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 1 to 11 June 2017 offering an extraordinary and wide-ranging selection of nonfiction films.

Over 70 local and international features and shorts will be screened, ranging from the urgently political to the performance of the personal. “These films reflect and refract the current state of our World, at times challenging documentary orthodoxies, always offering different visions of this uncertain time”, says festival director Darryl Els.

Els promises a greater selection of local fare. “Encounters is proud to screen no fewer than 32 South African films and 19 World Premières and we are especially delighted to present Aliki Sargas’Strike a Rock for our opening night feature. With its themes of friendship, community and resilience, this patient film tells of the extraordinary women working for political change in the wake of the Marikana massacre. It is a film that bears witness to our current socio-political crossroads and testament to the necessity of political documentary filmmaking in South Africa”.


This year, the festival will see the return of the second Virtual Encounters, a virtual reality and interactive documentary exhibition in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Supported by the Goethe Institut Johannesburg, the lineup includes the SA première of the New Dimensions project which features VR productions from Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and South Africa.


View the schedule below for screenings in your area.


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