The festival boasts new films by some of South Africa’s top documentary filmmakers. Bryan Little, who won the Audience Award for Best South African Film for Fokofpolisiekar at Encounters in 2009, returns with the world premiere of his beat-battle chronicle The African Cypher. Clifford Bestall, who won the same award in 2010 for The 16th Man, is screening his Hillbrow-themed Between Heaven and Hell, while Dylan Valley, whose Afrikaaps was the runner up in 2010, is also back with Jumu’a: The Gathering.
“We have something for everyone,” says Mandisa, pointing to a bumper lineup of documentaries dealing with a wide range of topics, including the arts (Eames, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble), the environment (The Island President), food (A Matter of Taste), activism (Pink Ribbon Inc), recent South African history (A Common Purpose), reconciliation (One Day After Peace) and sex in Africa (The Sunny Side of Sex). More films are being added daily, with the final programme to be announced later this month.