In Memoriam Of Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther One Day Special Viewing

To commemorate the legacy of phenomenal Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away on Friday (28 August), M-Net Movies has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company Africa for a special screening of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, the film that engraved his name in movie history – and in the hearts of millions of people across the globe.

Black Panther will air on M-Net Movies Zone Channel 139, a movie channel available to all DStv customers across Africa, on Monday, 31 August at 19:00. (Channel: M-Net Movies Zone, Channel 139 (DStv Access) and channel 3/103 (GOtv Plus) – WAT @ 6pm | CAT @ 7pm | EAT@ 8pm)

With his charismatic and powerful performance as the titular Black Panther, Boseman defied stereotypes, broke boundaries and emerged as an inspiring role model and pop-culture hero. The revolutionary Black Panther was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to shine the spotlight on a black super hero, and went on to become the first super hero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards® . The mega-blockbuster received seven nominations and scooped three Oscars. Boseman himself, garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award and NAACP Image award.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) (Image: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018)

While Black Panther catapulted Boseman to stardom, he also played some of history’s most enigmatic and influential African-American icons: his break-out role was in 42 as baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson; in Get on Up he gave an electrifying performance as The Godfather of Soul, music legend, James Brown; and he starred as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the riveting drama, Marshall.

But many agree his most inspirational screen-time will always be as Black Panther’s King T’Challa, who rose to the throne in the fictitious African country of Wakanda after the death of his father, King T’Chaka (played by SA’s own Dr. John Kani). That’s where he taught movie-goers how regal the combination of dignity, strength and humanity can be.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..Mining Tribe Elder (Connie Chiume) (Image: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

Striking a chord with audiences all over the continent, Black Panther became the first film in the history of the South African Box Office to cross N$100 million and, went on to become the biggest film at the time in South, East and West Africa after its February 2018 release in cinemas.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther was directed by Ryan Coogler, and also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman.

The movie will not be available on Catch Up.

Namibian Filmmakers Document Impact Of Covid-19 In Africa

Two young Namibian’s Bryan Nakambonde and Jorg Walter produced a docuseries titled Pandemic: Covid-19 in Africa for Mindset TV, Channel 319 on DStv.

The first episode of the documentary will air on 28 August at 15h30. The docuseries covers a range of topics over 4 planned episodes with research and interviews gathered over 3 months, with the help of 20+ students from 17 countries around the world, all working remotely.

According to the executive producers, Nakambonde and Jorg (who co-founded the producing organization Umwe Africa), the big idea behind the series is to give young people information that will allow them to understand, contextualize, and compare their country’s situation relating to the pandemic.

Nakambonde says on 18 March, his university made a wise but shocking decision to send all students home. After support from the University and generous friends, he arrived in back in Namibia three days later, on Namibia’s Independence Day.

“To my surprise (despite the unequivocal warning by the pilot) all passengers were transported directly to a quarantine facility. Making me part of the first group to be quarantined in Namibia,” he recalls in a Facebook post. “The quarantine had many pros and cons, but the company I had made it an unforgettable experience! Given my work with Umwe, it was a disguised learning curve on how the media works.”

Bryan Nakambonde

The two started the project on 11 May, with personal funds and are currently seeking more funds to carry out the project successfully. To support them, visit Umwe Africa.

Episodic focuses:

Episode 1: How COVID-19 Spread to Africa – This episode explores the journey of the pandemic from Wuhan to the first African countries to report cases. And how South Africa became the epicenter.

Episode 2: Lockdown and Law Enforcement – This episode explores social issues such as income, food security, police brutality, SGBV, and housing which have become worse or exist uniquely due to communities living under lockdown regulations and increased law enforcement involvement in communities.

Episode 3: Health care systems: This episode looks at what is needed to navigate a pandemic – An introduction to health care systems, their shape in Africa, and how they’re coping with the pandemic.

Episode 4: How COVID-19 is impacting Higher-Education in South Africa and Ghana – As an organization focused on making current affairs easier to consume for young people, they explore how the pandemic has impacted the education of young people through interviews with students and universities about the changes, solutions, and challenges.

Jorg Walter

Broadcasting and airing

Episodes will premier every 3 weeks after 28 August on Fridays at 15h30 CAT Mindset TV. Channel 319 on DSTV, Channel 309 StarSat, Channel 134 OpenView.

Reruns Saturday and Sunday 16h00.

Baxu and the Giants Soars To Netflix

Florian Schott’s Baxu and the Giants is the first Namibian film to soon start showing on the popular streaming service, Netflix.

The 29-minute long film will be available on the streaming service from 30 September 2020.

According to Scott, the Netflix deal came about through one of the Film Festivals Baxu and the Giants took part in. Particularly the RapidLion International Film Festival hosted in March in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Apart from earning the Best Humanitarian Film nomination at the festival, Baxu and the Giants impressed one particular sales agent as well.

“I attended the festival with my wife and Production Coordinator Cherlien Schott and Karl Ehlers, one of our composers. At the festival, I had a meeting with a South African Sales Agent who watched Baxu and the Giants and as we stayed in touch they heard that Netflix was looking for African Shorts and that they were apparently interested in Baxu and the Giants,” Schott says.

Schott says while delivering the film to Netflix’s technical specs took a bit of time, they are “super happy that it all came together and our film will be available on Netflix soon.”

“Of course, it’s a huge honour to be the director of the first Namibian film on Netflix but the congratulations really need to go out to the whole Crew, especially Girley Jazama and Andrew Botelle, and of course our star Camilla Jo-Ann Daries,” Schott says.

A scene from Baxu and the Giants (2019) (Images: baxuandthegiants.com)

Jo-Ann Daries won the Best Female Actress Award for depicting the 10-year old Baxu at the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards 2019. Equally, the film itself is loved by local and international audiences, having received numerous accolades here and overseas.

“I am confident that this is just the first of many Namibian productions on Netflix,” Schott adds. “And a huge opportunity for Namibian filmmakers to showcase their films around the world.”

On 27 August 2020, the first official soundtrack of Baxu and the Giants was released to the public. The beautiful single ‘Sada Di Tama Hâ’ by Lize Ehlers, Cherlien Schott, Karl Ehlers (LOFT) and Imms Nicolau feat. Camilla Jo-Ann Daries comes with an awesome video that was directed by Girley Jazama, who co-wrote the script of Baxu and the Giants. ‘Sada Di Tama Hâ’ directly translates to ‘not ours’ in Khoekhoegowab.

“As we got multiple requests to release the music from the film we’ll do that in the coming days as well,” the director says.

Watch ‘Sada Di Tama Hâ’

New Pop-Up Channel WildEarth launches on DStv

DStv announced a brand-new pop-up channel ‘WildEarth’ set to bring viewers face to face with the thrill of nature during daily LIVE safari shows from spectacular wildlife locations like: The Greater Kruger, KZN, the Kalahari and the Maasai Mara with many more locations still to be explored.

WildEarth’s mission is to connect people with nature by offering viewers the opportunity to feel like they are out there in nature experiencing it for themselves.

WildEarth launches on Tuesday, August 25th- November 25th on Channel 183.

WildEarth is launching as a 24/7 channel on DStv. “WildEarth is all about sharing nature with everyone so we can all see why we must conserve our beautiful home.” Says Graham Wallington a co-founder and CEO at WildEarth.

For over a decade WildEarth has been broadcasting LIVE and interactive virtual safaris from some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations to a very dedicated community of people around the world on YouTube, Facebook and other content viewing platforms.

In a world that is becoming increasingly developed, many people are losing their connection with nature and this has an overall negative impact on our general well-being.

“It’s important for us that our customers always have access to the best possible content available. We will continue to source the best possible content as we strive to bolster the channels on offer on our platform,” says Roger Gertz , MultiChoice Namibia MD.

Restoring this lost connection with nature, even virtually, is scientifically proven to have a strong
healing effect and to reduce stress and anxiety levels. An immersive nature experience has a hugely beneficial effect on our well-being.

The LIVE broadcasts focus on making the viewer feel like they are actually on a safari vehicle bouncing around in Africa. The intention is not that the viewer is wowed and awed through gruesome or dramatic behaviour of wild animals but rather for them to have serendipitous moments of unscripted magic that touch the heart and let them suspend their disbelief and feel as if they are there.

For many WildEarth viewers these daily broadcasts were and are their only true connection with nature and they frequently share how this has helped them through difficult times in their lives and has supported their healing from physical and mental illnesses.

The Search- A New Namibian Singing Competition Coming To TV

A group of innovative young Namibians put their heads together to conceptualize a local reality singing competition called The Search, with a faintly stalkerish slogan that goes ‘We Will Find You’.

The formidable show will air on the national broadcaster, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) from October 2020, seeking to find the next “sensational star across Namibia” and reward them a cash prize of N$100 000. The show will focus on vocalists in any musical genre including choirs, hip hop, rap, RnB, dance hall, reggae, etc., from across the Land.

NBC will broadcast all 16-episodes of The Search season 1 on its prime time channel NBC1 and on its streaming platform NBC Plus. Each episode will be approximately 60 minutes.

Right now, the only prize will be the N$100, 000 cash prize, however, according to the show’s spokesperson, Ndapewa Ambambi, they are looking at record deals for the winner amongst other “cool stuff.”

Ambambi shares that the idea for the show was birthed 3 years ago. “We took time to do a lot of research, planning and we are also a small team so resources didn’t just fall on us we had to dig deep. In addition to that we have a 5 year plan with regards to the show,” she says.

The Search was officially launched on 18 August 2020. Here’s how the show works:

CONCEPT

The initiative that was birthed about three years ago by a group of innovative young people had to go through transformation with the two pilot shows already shot, to make sure a quality product will be delivered to the Namibian audience. The 16-episode reality show, in association with the NBC and ConSoAV will connect with viewers and promises entertainment value.

The three months reality show will have four phases, mainly:

Phase 1:
This stage will allow contestants to submit videos to judges. Where judges will give their verdict on talent. Current cycle closes on 31 August 2020.

Phase 2:
This phase is about instrumental backing. Here, it is cut down to 30 contestants only.

Phase 3:
The 30 contestants will compete to qualify for phase 4. At this stage, contestants will start to receive professional input from industry experts and perform semi-live performances.

Phase 4:
This will be the live rounds, starting with 14 contestants and ending with with the overall winner. They will perform live with the band and backing vocals receiving input from industry experts.

The team behind ‘The Search’ at the official launch in Windhoek (Images: TheSearchNamibia)

JUDGING CRITERIA

Phase 1:
Judges will look at ‘raw’ talent, skill level and vocal texture.

Phase 2:
Special focus on organizing performance. Song choice for performance. Presentation with performance. Vocal texture with performance and how to work with a team for performance.

Phase 3:
The judges will look at stage presence. Performance energy. Task execution. Vocal texture. Contestants will perform on theme base.

Phase 4:
Criteria will be based on stage presence. Audience engagement. Vocal texture. Vocal capabilities. Band and backing vocal support. The contestants will perform their renditions of Namibian songs.

JUDGES

Edo Lutete a.k.a Dice (Musician), Lady May Africa (Musician) and Daniel Nadunya (Journalist/Music Producer) are resident judges on the show. Each episode will have an extra-special guest judge.

Joel Haikali’s Invisibles (Kaunapawa) To Screen In Brazil

Invisibles (2019), Joel Haikali’s arthouse short film is proving popular at international film festivals, having just recently selected to screen at the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival in Brazil, which opened on the August 20 and will close on August 30 2020.

The 16-minute film follows two individuals feeling irrelevant to the world who run into each other at a low point in their lives. Instead of drowning together, they go on a journey to self-love and freedom. By travelling the majestic Namibian outback, the landscape of the psyche of a post-Apartheid nation and theirs, they find their place.

The film won the Best Cinematography award at the Namibia Theatre & Film Awards 2019 and selected to screen at various international festivals including Quibdo Africa Film Festival in Colombia; the Africlap Film Festival in Toulouse, France; the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA; Mashariki African Film Festival in Rwanda; Africa Film Festival Cologne in Germany and Le Festival cinémas d’Afrique –Lausanne, Switzerland.

Screenshot from Invisibles (Image: Provided)

Haikali says with Invisbles, he challenged his creative boundaries and tested his confidence in intuition.

The writer and director says the process helped him discharge his creative inhibitions, and to do what he often might have suppressed creatively- being free with filmmaking.

“I also wanted to use what is at my disposal such as our unique locations, diverse skillsets and myself in a very intimate way by directing the creative process and also being one of the leading actors. It is personal and political at the same time while allowing space for interpretation. In the end it’s also about re-presentation of image and about taking that in our own hands. Often ‘the world’ and that includes ourselves on the continent doesn’t expect certain images from Africa and I have been hungry to add to the alternative visions of what we see, experience and interpret,” he says.

The Joe Vision Production film stars Salmi Nambinga, Kaudife Haikali, Tulimelila Shityuwete, Vilho Nuumbala, and Cecil Moller.

DStv Bolsters Its Movie Offering

Call it Movies 2.0! Or: The streamlined upgrade of the M-Net Movies channels on DStv. Come Tuesday 1 September the current six M-Net Movie channels will be re-organised and consolidated into four slick,  fuss-free channels.

To keep it simple, these four carefully curated channels, with its array of must-see films, will be known as M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, M-Net Movies 3 and M-Net Movies 4.

Even though DStv have streamlined the M-Net channels, this will not impact the number of movies on the DStv packages, audiences will benefit from a leaner, spruced-up M-Net slate.

But that is not all, the popular holiday pop-up channel FliekNET will become a permanent fixture on the platform from 1 September as well.

Adding to this is the new KIX channel launching in October this year, bringing viewers the best of Martial Arts from the old-time favourites such as Jet Li, Jackie Chan and more. Film fanatics can also rest assured that DStv and M-Net team will continue to create popular pop-up channels built around popular franchises or themes.

“It’s important for us to facilitate the best possible viewing experience for our DStv customers in our ever-evolving world of entertainment”, says MultiChoice Namibia MD, Roger Gertze. “ While the proposition of the current six movie channels – M-Net Movies Premiere, Action Plus, Action, Smile, Zone and All-Stars – made perfect sense when they launched years ago, recent comments and requests from our movie-loving DStv audiences indicated that it was time for a reboot.”

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group, this is just the beginning – the first step onto an exciting planned journey of developments on the film front.  “In our quest to remain Africa’s most-loved storyteller, innovation and quality will always be key. Local movies will also play an increasingly important role, alongside screening  handpicked Hollywood films first on all our platforms.“

MultiChoice Group’s platforms include DStv satellite television, Showmax, Box Office, DStv Catch Up and DStv Now. 

The streamlined M-Net Movie channels arrangement for different DStv audiences will make it easier to find the right movie, at just the right time:

  • M-Net Movies 1 

(Channel 104 on DStv Premium)

This is the new number-one destination for the latest local and international feel-good, wholesome movies for the entire family. Those who loved the kid-friendly Animania festivals on M-Net Movies Smile, as well as blockbuster romcoms and gripping dramas, will need an ample supply of popcorn for the good times ahead.

  • M-Net Movies 2  

(Channel 106 on DStv Premium)

Buckle up! M-Net Movies 2 will unleash an adrenaline rush with recent heart-pumping, explosive action films. The schedule will be packed with all kinds of adventures and thrills and spills at maximum velocity!

  • M-Net Movies 3

(Channel 107 on DStv Premium and Compact Plus)

Welcome to the place where all the movie heroes and heroines hang out, either saving the day in adventure classics or inhabiting the imaginary worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. Sometimes, they even tickle the funny bones in star-studded comedies or show off their acting chops in gripping dramas. 

  • M-Net Movies 4

(Channel 108 on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and GOtv Max)

The world’s biggest blockbusters, as well as their prequels and sequels, are lined up here. While movie franchise lovers can enjoy great movies for hours on end, friends and family can join all the action and fun too. 

  • FliekNET

(Channel 149 on DStv Premium)

This channel will be showcasing locally produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites and a variety of Afrikaans film formats such as feature films, short films, story films, made-for-TV movies and documentaries. The channel will also feature new straight-to-kykNET films produced by South African filmmakers as part of the continuous investment in the local film and television industry.

  • KIX

(Channel 114 on Premium, Compact Plus & Compact)

Everybody was kung-fu fighting on this channel. The best of all Martial Arts movies will live here. This channel promises to bring all the viewers the best scenes from all-time favourites, from Jackie Chan to Bruce Lee – the family will definitely have to dedicate a day of the week to all the action.

  • M-Net Movies Pop-Up

(Channel 111 on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact & Access)

To keep it fresh and exciting, there will be a host of festivals and themed surprises on these channels. Furthermore, the M-Net Movies team will continue cooking up more binge fests with M-Net Movies Pop Up channels. In future, these pop-up delights will be served on DStv Channel 111.

More information about the September  M-Net Movies line-up or full channel schedules visit: www.dstv.com

Film Review: ‘Kapana’

Director: Philippe Talavera
Screenplay: Senga Brockerhoff, Mikiros Garoes
Cast: Adrino Visagie, Simon Hanga, Chanwill Vries, Elize de Wee, Mikiros Garoes, Jeremiah Jeremiah, Felicity Celento, Albertina Hainane, Foreversun Haiduwah, Lukas Paulus

Rating: ★★★

Apart from unapologetically taking male same-sex relationships to the silver screen, Philippe Talavera’s Kapana shows its worth by not deriding HIV. In so many ways the film is an intimate, charming queer-themed romantic drama which offers a fresh take on HIV/AIDS in the queer community.

Being another film from the activist group, Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), Kapana can thrust HIV/AIDS onto the Namibian silver screen with its message of acceptance and love. Not problematic in delivering its message, the film was crafted with a compelling screenplay which helps make this a non-generic story that engages its audiences on a personal level.

Simon Hanga in Kapana

Kapana explores the love story between two Namibians who come from different walks of life. Award-winning actor Adriano Visagie stars in the film as George, an HIV positive gay man who falls in love with Simeon (Simon Hanga), a closeted Kapana (grilled beef strips) vendor. The film deserves applause for not relying on the popular and often true trope of homophobic, unsupportive family and friends. George, being an openly gay man receives great support and love from his family as seen through his mother (Felicity Celento), aunt (Elize de Wee), brother (Chanwill Vries) and coworkers played by Mikiros Garoes and Foreversun Haiduwah. The relationships between these friends and family offer a fresh and much-needed narrative on same-sex relationship, especially in Namibia which still criminalizes the sexual relationships between two men under the outdated sodomy law.

Simon Hanga and Adriano Visagie in Kapana.

Kapana is a win for director Talavera but most importantly because of his collaborative take on this film. He employed Senga Brockerhoff and Mikiros Garoes to craft the storyline and using one of the country’s best cinematographerS (Kit Hoffman) and film editors (Haiko Boldt) to put together the film. This film is in so many ways much better than the director’s 2018 film, Salute! and signals a lot of growth in the director’s film career.

While the film was put together impressively and its message communicated very smoothly, I can however not say the same about the performances which were stale and forced. This film had the potential of being very emotional and gripping, however, that aspect fell flat due to the lacklustre performances which I suppose come from the film requiring so much vulnerability that almost all actors just couldn’t pull off. ‘Fake acting’ and overacting does nothing but ruin films and Kapana had an abundance of this. Alas, it was refreshing to see newcomer actors Hanga and Vries give such stunning performances at their first go and equally refreshing to see the versatile side of de Wee.

But Kapana is worthy of your time and will give you a different look into queer relationships, relationships with someone living with HIV while highlighting the power of love.

If you want to see Kapana, there are still a couple of screenings at Ster Kinekor Grove Mall, Windhoek on 14 ,15 & 18 August 2020. Time:18:00. Price: N$60.00.

10 Best International Series On Showmax This August

1st seasons of I May Destroy You, Love Life; new seasons of What We Do In The Shadows, My Brilliant Friend & Love Island are just some of the shows you can watch on Showmax this August. See what’s on:

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S2 | First on Showmax | Binge now

From multiple Emmy nominee Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and 2020 Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo RabbitThor: Ragnarok), the hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is a look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New York for over 100 years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves. 

This magnificently silly mock-doc series showed its teeth with eight Emmy nominations for Season 2 last week, including one for Best Comedy Series and three for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. It’s at #9 on Rotten Tomatoes’ Best TV of 2020 (So Far) list, with a 100% critics rating, and has been hailed as “TV’s best comedy” by The Hollywood Reporter, among others. 

What We Do In The Shadows stars BAFTA winners Kayvan Novak (Four Lions) and Matt Berry (The IT CrowdToast of London) as Nandor the Relentless and Laszlo respectively. Sketch comedian Natasia Demetriou is Laszlo’s sultry sire, Nadja, while Mark Proksch (The OfficeBetter Call Saul) plays energy vampire Colin Robinson. But while the vamps flap and fuss in the foreground, it’s downtrodden little Guillermo, Nandor’s familiar, played by Harvey Guillén (The Magicians), who swoops into the spotlight this season, having discovered he’s descended from the famed vampire slayer van Helsing.

THE WALKING DEAD S10 | Binge now 

The Walking Dead is the definitive zombie show, having won 77 awards globally. 

Season 10 has a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus is, “A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow The Walking Dead to create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries.” 

Norman Reedus and Danai Gurira return in their People’s Choice-nominated roles as Daryl and Michonne, as does Melissa McBride in her Critics Choice-nominated role as Carol. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also still alive as Negan, a role that won him MTV and Critics Choice awards, but the bigger threat this season is two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (HarlotsIn AmericaMinority Report) as Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, who wear the skins of zombies, and live among them…

VIDA S3 | First on Showmax | Binge now 

In the third and final season of Vida, the bar the Hernandez sisters inherited is booming and their love lives are flourishing — until they discover another long-buried family secret, which leaves them wondering if they can continue together as a family or if they should each move on alone – for good this time. 

Vida has captivated the critics, earning a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes for all three seasons, where the Season 3 critics consensus reads, “A bittersweet farewell that’s entirely too short, Vida‘s final season is as messy, beautiful, and inspirational as life itself.”

As AVClub says, “Vida is rightly lauded for its excellent performances, incisive writing, and commitment to centering queer, female and non-binary, and Latinx voices both in front of and behind the camera. But you know what? It’s also one of the best-looking shows on TV. The cinematography is top-tier. The direction is impeccable. It’s beautiful, immersive, often dreamlike filmmaking.” 

Vida was nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award as Best Comedy Series, earned fourth place on Time Magazine’s Best of 2019 list for Season 2, and won the Audience Award at SXSW 2018 for Season 1.

BRIARPATCH S1 | Mondays at 2300 from 3 August, same day as M-Net

Senator’s aide Allegra Dill (MTV Movie Awards nominee Rosario Dawson from Sin City, Luke Cage and Jane the Virgin) returns to her border-town Texas home to investigate the death of her sister – a local cop killed by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. 

Golden Globe nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Kenyan Teen Choice nominee Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) co-star in this latest offering from Emmy nominated writer/producer Sam Esmail (Mr. RobotHomecoming), based on the Edgar-winning crime novel by Ross Thomas. 

Briarpatch has a 78% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “Anchored by a strong Rosario Dawson performance and flavoured with wit and a real sense of place, Briarpatch is a charmer: It keeps those aspects of Mr. Robot that were most audience-friendly, and jettisons the rest.”

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE S1 | Thursdays at 23:00. Binge from 6 August

Three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (SpotlightAvengers Assemble) has just picked up a 2020 Emmy nomination for Best Actor in A Limited Series or Movie for his dual performance in I Know This Much is True

Based on the Wally Lamb bestseller about how you never give up on the people you love, I Know This Much is True follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick Birdsey and his brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic – both played by Mark, with Gabe Fazio (The Place Beyond The Pines) serving as his unseen acting double for both roles. As The Los Angeles Times put it when predicting his Emmy nomination, Ruffalo “lost 20 pounds before production began, then spent 16 weeks filming his scenes as the aggressive Dominick. Then he took six weeks off, gained 30 pounds by subsisting on oatmeal and mashed potatoes, and returned as the more vulnerable Thomas.” 

I Know This Much Is True has an 8.2/10 rating on IMDb. The phenomenal cast includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF), Emmy nominees Kathryn Hahn (Mrs FletcherTransparent) and Rob Huebel (Transparent), Golden Globe nominee Archie Panjabi (Run, The Good Wife), and Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

LOVE ISLAND UK S6 | 5 eps every Saturday from 8 August 

For South African fans dying to see the latest season of the BAFTA-winning reality show Love Island UK, the long wait is finally over. And it’s all the more delicious because this is the season that was filmed at a villa in Constantia, Cape Town.

Laura Whitmore of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! fame is this season’s new host for the drama-packed reality show, where single hopefuls flirt, date, break up and make up while trying to capture the hearts of viewers, who will vote for their favourite couple to take home the £50k prize money.

LOVE LIFE S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from21 August

HBO Max recently announced its three most popular shows since launch, with Friends unsurprisingly in first place and The Big Bang Theory in third. Cuddled in between those classics is the streamers’ most popular new show, Love Life, a romcom anthology series that traces the journey from first love to lasting love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. 

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the AirInto the Woods) stars as Darby opposite the likes of Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (American SplendorThe Special Relationship), SXSW award winner Peter Vack (The Bold Type), Screen Actors Guild winner Scoot McNairy (NarcosTrue Detective), Sasha Compère (UncorkedMiracle Workers), and Jin Ha (Devs), with narration by Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Harlots). 

The Washington Post calls Love Life “HBO Max’s marquee offering.. a surprisingly deep romance dramedy… Say what you must about Kendrick’s trademark cutesiness, it’s her acting chops that really pay off here.”

Executive produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), Love Life has an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and was recently renewed for a second season, which will centre on a whole new love story.

I MAY DESTROY YOU S1 | Wednesdays at 22:30 from 26 August, same day as 1Magic

I May Destroy You centres on Arabella (BAFTA winner Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

I May Destroy You is #23 on Rotten Tomatoes Best TV of 2020 (So Far), with a 97% critics rating and a critics’ consensus that reads, “I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humour and moments of deep discomfort, all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel’s undeniable talent”. 

In their five star review, The Guardian raved, “It is the drama of the year so far… Michaela Coel’s exploration of consent, race and millennial life… works on every level… An extraordinary, breath-taking achievement without a false note in it, shot through with humour and with ideas, talent and character to burn at every perfectly plotted turn.”

Including it in their roundup of the 10 Best TV Shows of 2020 So Far, The Hollywood Reporter called it, “The most ‘2020’ show of 2020”, adding that it’s “representative of the mood of the moment – the combination of anger, confusion, uncertainty and unexpected humour; the exploration of intersections of gender and race, sexuality and violence, youth and hard-earned experience.”

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND S2: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME | Binge from 29 August

Set in Naples and based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels, My Brilliant Friend is the story of a life-long friendship spanning 60 years. Season 2, based on the second novel in Ferrante’s series, sees Lila (Gaia Girace) stuck in a brutal marriage to the wealthy Stefano Caracci (Giovanni Amura), while Elena dallies with suitor Antonio Cappuccio (Christian Giroso) and her growing attraction to the magnetic Nino Sarratore (Francesco Serpico). 

My Brilliant Friend, helmed by multi-award-winning Italian directors Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts) and Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazaro), has a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is at 236 on IMdB’s list of the top-rated TV of all time, where it has a score of 8.6/10. The series was recently renewed for a third season.

The Hollywood Reporter included it in their roundup of the 10 Best Shows of 2020 So Far, saying the series “portrays post-war young-womanhood in all its victories, devastations and frailties. This season’s story, told with seemingly no expense spared, is where the girls’ paths start to truly diverge, as one pursues dreams beyond their impoverished neighborhood and the other finds herself irretrievably chained to it.” 

Season 1 won Best Drama Series at Monte-Carlo TV Festival 2019 and an Italian Golden Globe for Best Breakthrough Actress for Ludovica Nasti as Lila. The series was also nominated for 2019 Critics Choice, Peabody and Shanghai International TV Festival awards.

PERRY MASON S1 | Tuesdays at 23:00, same day as M-Net. Binge from 15 September

It’s 1932, and despite the Great Depression, LA is booming. But when the kidnapping case of the decade comes knocking on down-and-out detective Perry Mason’s door, his relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and, just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

HBO’s biggest debut in nearly two years, Perry Mason reboots the award-winning 1950s-60s series based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective stories. Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is Perry Mason. Tatiana Maslany, herself an Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee for her leading role in Orphan Black, and Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown3rd Rock from the Sun) co-star. 

Perry Mason is currently #3 on IMDb’s Most Popular Series list, with Indiewire proclaiming it “one of the most beautiful series ever made… One of the best I’ve ever seen. Really.”


EVERYTHING ON SHOWMAX IN AUGUST
Other international series to look out for include the third and final season of Future Man, the critically acclaimed sci-fi comedy starring Four-time Teen Choice winner Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), and Reckoning, a new serial killer series starring Critics Choice nominee Aden Young (Rectify) and Screen Actors Guild nominee Sam Trammell (True Blood). To see everything on Showmax in August, including the new Showmax Original Life With Kelly Khumalo, click here.

This release schedule is subject to change.

Boet & Sus – The Play That Will Pioneer Live Stream Theatre in Namibia

The Coronavirus crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts the world over, with no exception to Namibian theatre, but in the words of the iconic band Queen, “the show must go on.”

Since the start of the pandemic, many theatres have been streaming theatre productions on various online platforms and even premiering shows on these platforms. Boet & Sus, from writer and director Lize Ehler’s will be the first live-streamed offering from the National Theatre of Namibia in its 2019/20 theatre season under the Premier programme.

The show, previously scheduled to premiere on 23 April 2020, was postponed after national coronavirus regulations closed theatres and prohibited public gatherings. Now, with things gradually getting back to normal, the show is back and this time with a determination and in the words of of Ehlers, the cast and crew of this production are incredibly charged and excited for how it will turn out.

“Rehearsals are tough for actors who wear masks or face shields but we are taking all necessary steps to make this work, safely,” Ehlers says.

Boet & Sus, which stars Ehlers, Adriano Visagie, Rodelio Lewis and Roberto Menneguzzo, is a multimedia theatre production that melts the commonalities and differences between “kallids” coloureds and drag queens in present Namibia. The part talkshow-part-dragshow is in Afrikaans and English and features live musc from Imms Nicolau.

“I hope the audience sees how important it is for us to embrace ‘kallid‘ and drag culture and see how important representation of minorities is,”

On the look and feel incorporated in the production, Ehlers highlights that turquoise and white have always been staple colours in the “kallid” community and that she wanted to honor that.

Lize Ehlers during rehearsals (Image: NTN)

“I wanted to stay authentic to the story by only casting coloured actors. Adriano Visagie plays Boet aka Alaska. Rodelio Lewis plays Miss Mavis & Roberto Meneguzzo plays Gigi has Arrived. I play Sus. It is a necessary story of friendship & kinship that cuts through a community of prejudice and ignorance,” Ehlers explains.

Ehlers says she was inspired by her own life experiences, the lives of her coloured drag performer colleagues, friends and family, including Netflix’s Pose.

Adriano Visagie rehearsing his role as ‘Boet’ (Image: NTN)

“It is because the queer community is so brave and creative that we see the urgency and need in telling these stories. As an ally, I see it is as a necessity to tell the stories of our ‘kallid‘ and queer communities in Namibia.”

The creative team is also made up of Marchell Linus as Choreographer, Martin Amushendje with Video Documentation support, Miss Jey Arts as Make-Up Artist and costumes by Ingo Shanyenge.

The tickets, dates and times of the show are yet to be announced. Join the online Theatre Talk on the National Theatre of Namibia’s Facebook page on 18 August 2020, at 18h00 to meet the creative team and cast, and learn more insights into the production.

The Cast & Crew back for rehearsals (Source: National Theatre of Namibia)

The NAMAs Virtual Event Has So Much More To Offer

The much anticipated 10th Namibian Annual Music Awards will take place over an 8-full weekend period starting from the Saturday, 15 August 2020 ending Saturday, 14 November 2020.

The ceremony presented by MTC and NBC will award four categories over a full weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. All the mini shows will start at 16h00 CAT.

NAMA Executive Chairperson Tim Ekandjo said all the nominees in the categories will have an opportunity to perform their nominated song which essentially unlike previous years gives every nominee an opportunity to perform this year. Winners of the music genres will be announced immediately after the shows and pay out prize monies to the winners.

“This year we will also give every nominee a flat participation fee of N$3 000 taking into consideration that COVID19 has resulted in a loss of income for so many artists. In addition, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to a Covid-19 relief fund in support of Namibian artists and the live music entertainment industry that have lost all their income during the Pandemic restrictions,” Ekandjo explained.

The NAMA Premium Livestream Concerts will be exclusively available to view to people who bought a ticket to the show.

Once a ticket has been purchased, viewers will receive a message containing their secure unique logon details to stream the show live. The ticket gives access to the live show in addition the ability to view the NAMA concert again within 48 hours afterwards. All of the concerts will be re-broadcast again to everyone else, on NBC Television as well in 3 days after the live concert happened.

“No guest will be allowed at the event except the sponsors who will still have an opportunity to present their awards to the winners, and the rest of the country can enjoy an exciting 8 weekend mini shows online at a very minimal fee that will be used to raise funds for the music industry as a relief package,” Ekandjo said.

The public vote for Best Pan African Artist of the Year has already closed in May but the voting for the Song of the Year will continue until 14h00 Saturday, 24 October.

Throughout the weekends, fans will be allowed to vote for the 5 artists that they want to see perform again and the artist with the highest SMS votes will perform on Sunday, 8 November in the All Fan Favourite slot to officially close the NAMAs 2020 and to bid farewell to this 10 year-long magnificent event that has transformed the Namibian music scene.

Musical Icons: Gazza and King Tee Dee (formerly The Dogg), performed on stage during the 2013 edition of the NAMA’s. (Image: NAMA Archive)

The event is co-sponsored by the National Arts Council of Namibia, Air Namibia, Standard Bank, Namibia Diamond Trading Company, Namibia Statistics Agency, NASCAM, Namibia Film Commission, Namibia Sports Commission, MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, NAMCOR, Mikel Jes, Windhoek Airport Transfer & Tours, Trip Travel, Simply You Magazine & Lifestyle Awards and MTC Windhoek Fashion Week.

A total of N$1.2 million will be paid out in prize monies with the all categories receiving N$30,000 except for Best Album and Song of the Year each to receive N$50,000, Best Male and Best Female Artist receiving N$100,000, while the Artist of the Year will walk away with N$200,000. The Artist of the Decade will walk away with a cool N$150,000 and a one-year DSTV Explora subscription from Multichoice Namibia.

Tickets to the NAMA Premium Livestream Concerts will be available online at Webtickets Namibia and nationwide at Pick n Pay stores.

Full weekend NAMA schedule

Weekend One:
Sat, 15th August: Afrop Pop & Best Collaboration

Weekend Two:
Sat, 22nd August: Best Single & Best Traditional
Sun, 23rd August: Best Gospel & Lifetime Achievement Award

Weekend Three:
Sat, 12th Sept: Best House & Best Producer
Sun, 13th Sept: Best Kwaito & Best Reggae

Weekend Four:
Sat, 26th Sept: Best Music Video & Best Group/Duo
Sun, 27th Sept Special NAMA Award

Weekend Five:
Fri, 9th Oct: Best Soukous Kwasa & Best Afrikaans
Sat, 10th Oct: Best Damara Punch & Best Oviritje
Sun, 11th Oct: Best Rap/Hip Hop & Best R&B

Weekend Six:
Sat, 24th Oct: Best Pan African & Song of the Year
Sun, 25th Oct: Best Album of the Year

Weekend Seven:
Sat, 7th Nov: Best Male, Best Female Artist & Artist of the Year
Sun, 8th Nov: Best Newcomer & Artist of the Decade

Weekend Eight:
Sat, 14th Nov: All Time Fan Favourite

THE NOMINEES


AFRIKAANS
● ANTANY KNOWS FOR “HOUVAS”
● BERTHOLD MBINDA FOR “MYNE”
● JOHARETHA FOR “ATTATA”
● MS FABBY FOR “MET MY HART”
● PRISCILLA THE NAMIBIAN DESSERT QUEEN FOR “EK IS VET”

AFROPOP INCLUSIVE OF TOWNSHIP DISCO
● BLOSSOM QUEEN FOR “UVANDJE”
● KP ILLEST FOR “ENERGY” FEAT ICE PRINCE
● MONIQUE ENGLISH FOR “RED” FEAT ESB
● ROSE BLVC FOR “SHADOW”
● SALLY BOSS MADAM FOR “CENTER” FEAT DON KAMATI

COLLABORATION
● ADORA FOR “SIM DI A” FEAT JAYDEN
● KP ILLEST FOR “ENERGY” FEAT ICE PRINCE
● PDK FOR “SAKA” FEAT TOP CHERI, KING ELEGANT AND ATHAWISE
● BERTHOLD MBINDA FOR “SOFIA” FEAT KALUX
● KALUX FOR “TI KHOE” FEAT TATE BUTI

DAMARA PUNCH
● ADORA FOR “TOUCH” FEAT KALUX
● DIXON FOR “/GUI-!NAS”
● KAPTEIN TSWAZI FOR “XAWEM KO A #KHAI !NA” FEAT O C BULAN
● LETTIE FOR “HAM-E A /HON-KHOE”
● OU STAKES FOR “/USEN TA TIDE”

GOSPEL
● EFFY FOR “MUHONA” FEAT HEALING VOICES CHOIR
● JOHARETHA FOR “VEERTIG DAE”
● KAPTEIN TSWAZI FOR “ALPHA & OMEGA” FEAT KK
● MARANATHA FOR “YAWEH”
● MS FABBY FOR “NGO TJIPANDU”

HOUSE
● COOL UNDER PRESSURE FOR “SOPHIA”
● DJ CASTRO FOR “SHINNING STAR” FEAT SLICKARTIE
● HOUSE GURU GANG FOR “BAD NEIGHBORS” FEAT EES
● JONA FULLFORCE FOR “MBWANGULA”
● TAYLOR JAYE FOR “CASHE” FEAT PATORANKING & DJ CHIN CHILLA

KWAITO
● BIG JAY-2 FOR “MY LIFE” FEAT YAMUKONGO (TKB)
● CASSIDY KARON FOR “AWE”
● EXIT FOR “KONDJIFA”
● SUNNY BOY FOR “BAD NEIGHBORS” FEAT KOTOKENI
● TULISAN FOR “IYAALO AANO” FEAT HAINO

MUSIC VIDEO
● DIXON FOR “SHE HAS A MAN”
● JOHARETHA FOR “ATTATA”
● KALUX FOR “KAKASEN”
● LIONESS FOR “TALA”
● PDK FOR “SAKA” FEAT TOP CHERI, KING ELEGANT AND ATHAWISE

OVIRITJE
● DIOP FOR “BANYANA BA TRICKY”
● KUKU NKANDANGA FOR “AMI MEI” FEAT DIOP
● MULBERRY FOR “KUMAA”
● OC BULAN FOR “/GAI GORO !NANS DI A” FEAT P-FLAT
● OTJINATE FOR “MBAKAVIRA”

R&B
● ALTA OUSES FOR “BELIEVE IN LOVE PART 2” FEAT DJAY
● BERTHOLD MBINDA FOR “P.P (GIGALOW’S ANTHEM)”
● ETHNIX FOR “COMPOSURE”
● LIZE EHLERS FOR “ALWAYS”
● MR ANDREW FOR “SPECIAL FEELINGS” FEAT TEQLA & PAGE

RAP / HIP-HOP
● ANTANY KNOWS FOR “NIGHTSHIFT”
● CASSIDY KARON FOR “CHAINS” FEAT ROMI
● GHETTO BALLERINA FOR “GRIND”
● LIONESS FOR “SAUCE” FEAT KENNY K, KP ILLEST & SKRYPT
● LIZZ FOR “WAIT”

REGGAE
● ERNA CHIMU FOR “AFRICAN WOMAN”
● GERRY DREAD FOR “CONQUERER”
● HEDEK FOR “BABYLON” FEAT KUKU SACKY & EDDIE
● OU BILLEM FOR “AMA-/NAMI” FEAT ADORA
● ROSE BLVC FOR “RIGHTEOUS”

SINGLE
● CENTERPIECE FOR “TONIGHT” FEAT RUSH
● DEE’A FOR “DINGILILANGE” FEAT SINNY
● TEQLA FOR “MAGIC”
● WILLIAM JACOBS FOR “MORAL SURVIVAL”
● Y’CLIFF FOR “NAMIBIAN QUEEN”

SOUKOUS KWASA
● ALLEN JONATHAN FOR “UFUKU” FEAT SAVINDJELE
● BLOSSOM QUEEN FOR “MY AFRIKA” FEAT SERGIO
● DIOP FOR “CHARLOTTE”
● ONE BLOOD FOR “INDEE”
● PDK FOR “INDA”

TRADITIONAL
● DNA FOR “ALI TI TI TI TI” FEAT KAMATI EKANDA
● ERNA CHIMU FOR “AISE MAMASE” FEAT SAMUEL KATENGE
● OU BILLEM FOR “TI-E”
● TORSHLAM FOR “ITEYIKO” FEAT BUJU KATYOKO
● YASHE TATI PII FOR “OMUPEMBE” FEAT WAPOTA

PAN AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
● BURNA BOY FOR “AFRICAN GIANT”
● DAVIDO, CHRIS BROWN FOR “BLOW MY MIND”
● SKORPION KINGS FOR “LORCH” FEAT SEMI TEE, MIANO, KAMMU DEE
● DJ ZINHLE FOR “UMLILO” FEAT MVZZLE AND RETHABILE
● SHO MADJOZI FOR “JOHN CENA”
● WIZKID FOR “JORO”

SONG OF THE YEAR
● ADORA FT. JAYDEN FOR “SIM DI A”
● DJ SPUZZA FT. CHESTER , DON KAMATI, MEGA & CHAKIE FOR “SOEK SOEK”
● KING TEE DEE FOR “ONE I LOVE” FEAT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
● PDK FT TOP CHERI, KING ELEGANT & ATHAWISE FOR “SAKA”
● TSWAZIS FOR “PRAY”

BEST PRODUCER
● ANDREW MASIPA FOR “MADE IN NAMIBIA” BY ETHNIX
● DJ KBOZ FOR “LUCKY GIRL” BY SALLY BOSS MADAM
● HOPPY MWIYA FOR “FORBIDDEN FRUIT” BY ROSE BLVC
● SAM NIIGUNGO FOR “FAITH & FAVOUR” BY KP ILLEST
● SOLANI ZULU FOR “GRATEFUL” BY PDK

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
● CASSIDY KARON FOR THE ALBUM “80’S MERCEDEZ”
● DJ CASTRO FOR THE ALBUM “EVOLUTION”
● ETHNIX FOR THE ALBUM “MADE IN NAMIBIA (MIN)”
● JOHARETHA FOR THE ALBUM “ATTATA”
● ROSE BLVC FOR THE ALBUM “FORBIDDEN FRUIT”

GROUP / DUO OF THE YEAR
● COOL UNDER PRESSURE FOR THE ALBUM “ECONOMY”
● ETHNIX FOR THE ALBUM “MADE IN NAMIBIA (MIN)”
● HOUSE GURU GANG FOR THE ALBUM “BAD NEIGHBORS”
● ONE BLOOD FOR THE ALBUM “ONE BLOOD VOLUME 23”
● PDK FOR THE ALBUM “GRATEFUL”

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
● CASSIDY KARON FOR THE ALBUM “80’S MERCEDEZ”
● DIXON FOR THE ALBUM “SHOW ME YOUR HEART”
● DJ CASTRO FOR THE ALBUM “EVOLUTION”
● KP ILLEST FOR THE ALBUM “FAITH & FAVOUR”
● SUNNY BOY FOR THE ALBUM “UUYELELE”

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
● ADORA FOR THE ALBUM “RISE”
● LIZE EHLERS FOR THE ALBUM “LIZE LIVE”
● MONIQUE ENGLISH FOR THE ALBUM “RED”
● ROSE BLVC FOR THE ALBUM “FORBIDDEN FRUIT”
● SALLY BOSS MADAM FOR THE ALBUM “LUCKY GIRL”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
● ETHNIX FOR THE ALBUM “MADE IN NAMIBIA (MIN)”
● KP ILLEST FOR THE ALBUM “FAITH & FAVOUR”
● PDK FOR THE ALBUM “GRATEFUL”
● ROSE BLVC FOR THE ALBUM “FORBIDDEN FRUIT”
● SALLY BOSS MADAM FOR THE ALBUM “LUCKY GIRL”

ARTIST OF THE DECADE
BLOSSOM
● EXIT
● GAZZA
● LIZE EHLERS
● KING TEE DEE
● OTEYA
● MUSHE

Talents Durban 2020 Participants Announced

The Durban FilmMart Institute announced the participants of the 13th edition of Talents Durban, within the official 11th Durban FilmMart virtual edition, which takes place from 4 to 13 September.

Talents Durban is a development programme presented in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers, delivered by film industry professionals and academics.

This year, Talents Durban introduces Francophone projects from the African diaspora as it continues to inspire a sense of community on the continent by representing many languages and cultures. After a rigorous adjudication process, 26 projects and 6 film critics from 19 countries across the continent made the final cut with 6 fiction features, 3 TV/web series, 3 animations, 6 documentaries, 6 fiction shorts films, and 6 film critics have been selected.

In addition to these 32 Talents, 2019 alumnus Talents award-winner, Xola Mteto will present his project Twelve Pangas along with 30 other projects at the DFM’s Finance Forum.

Official 2020 Talents Durban Participants & Projects

Fiction Feature Selection:
10.628 (Tunisia) Director: Issam Bouguerra
Behind High Walls (South Africa) Director: Jonathan Kyriakou
Between Worlds (Uganda) Screenwriter: Adong Judith
Extravagant Ways to Say Goodbye (South Africa) Screenwriter: Liese Kuhn
Ndi & Friends (Cameroon) Director: Nkuh Paul Samba
Objective Fespaco (Ivory Coast) Director: Yoan Sea Douin Guelaté Casimir

Fiction Shorts Selection:
Happiness (Morocco) Director: Aymen El Hankouri
Kidawa (Tanzania) Director: Florence Mkinga
Paulina (South Africa) Screenwriter: Hlumela Matika
Our Identity (Benin) Director: Dossou Gildas
The Last Scar (Cameroon) Director: Stella Tchuisse
The Robot’s Last Job (South Africa) Screenwriter: Neo Sibiya

Documentary Selection:
Black People Don’t Get Depressed (South Africa) Director: Sara Chitambo
I might not normally share this (Egypt) Director: Noura Sharaf
No winners in war (Botswana) Director: Tricia Laone Sello
Nzonzing (Democratic Republic of Congo) Director: Moimi Wezam
To Be Loved (Togo) Director: Palakiyem Kpatchaa
Their Choir (Morocco) Director: Zineb Chafchaouni
The Kingdom of Masindi (South Africa) Director: Dowelani Edward Nenzhelele

Animation Selection:
The Fam (South Africa) Director: Kabelo Maaka
The Elected (Togo) Director: Kossi Messan Akoda
Lwanda Magere (Kenya) Director: Mark Kinuthia

TV & Web Series Selection:
The Oath (South Africa) Director: Johannes Mzwandile Spirit
Dilema (Kenya) Screenwriter: Voline Ogutu
Leviathan (Cape Verde) Director: Nuno Pereira
Inside (Rwanda) Screenwriter: Denis Valery Ndayishimiye

Talent Press (Film Critic / Journalist) Selection:
Amarachukwu Iwuala (Nigeria)
Donald Matthys (Namibia)
Elinoro Véronique Rajaonah (Madagascar)
Mohamed Moawad (Egypt)
Taryn Joffe (South Africa)
Tsakane Shikwambana (South Africa)


The 13th edition Talents Durban, takes on the overarching DFM theme of ‘Brave New Cinema’ as African film professionals gather to connect, benchmark, share ideas, collaborate, pitch, learn and market their Pan-African work in a global context.

“This year, we are excited that going virtual has meant we are able to welcome more projects from across the continent with a programme that will be delivered in two additional African languages; French and Portuguese,” says Head of the DFM Toni Monty. “This means increased opportunities for African filmmakers to connect across the post colonial divides and create new robust synergies and networks.”

The Talents will participate in several project-oriented, hands-on skills development programmes. Practical professional development sessions within Talents Durban include Story Junction sessions in which they present their projects, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorships. Mentors this year for projects are: Moussa Sene Absa,Trish Malone, Jihan El-Tahri , Nadine Cloete, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Isaac Mogajane, Tracey-Lee Rainers, Newton Aduaka and for the film critics, this year’s mentors include Wilfred Okiche and Djia Mambu.

In addition, the Talents will have access to the various DFM sessions that include webinars, and panel discussions with renowned industry filmmakers.Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart Institute in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban Film Office. Talents Durban is one of 7 Talents International Programmes formed by Berlinale Talents in Africa and around the world including Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Talents Tokyo in Japan, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico and Talent Press Rio.