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BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX,
40 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R250
A documentary on the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.
Bass (J.) dir. LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE,
88 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R185
A feature fim set in Cape Town, about a phone-sex line operator, a dog handler, an IT-technician and a teenager who discover their relationships are part of a conspiracy to keep them in, or out, of love.
Desai (R.) & Mzozo (J.) dir. THE GIANT IS FALLING,
77 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R120
A documentary that examines how South Africans have responded to the African National Congress’ failure to deliver on its promises. The film suggests major political events of recent years, such as the Marikana Massacre, the trade unions' break with the ANC, the #FeesMustFall student movement, and the ANC's losses in the the 2016 local elections, signify the end of an era in South Africa, and explores what could come next.
Desai (R.) dir. EVERYTHING MUST FALL, the high cost of free education
84 minutes, DVD, , 2018. R130
A documentary on the 2015 #FeesMustFall movement, told by four student leaders at Wits University and the Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib.
Desai (R.) dir. MINERS SHOT DOWN,
86 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R120
A documentary on the Marikana Massacre. In 2012 miners at one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines owned by Lonmin mining company began a wildcat strike for better wages. On the 16th August, police used live ammunition against the miners, killing 34 and injuring many more.

"'Miners Shot Down' is the most upsetting, unsettling and important films I have worked with for a long time. Never pathetic, Rehad Desai's documentary lft me in tears." Mette Hoffman Meyer, Commissioning Editor DRTV Denmark
Desai (R.) et. al. (dir.) ALEXANDRA, MY ALEXANDRA, ordinary heroes in extraordinary times
6 x 48 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R300
A six part documentary series based on the book, "Alexandra, a history", by Philip Bonner and Noor Nieftagodien. The series features interviews with over 60 people who live or have lived in Alexandra township: the writer Wally Serote; Simon Noge and Dan Twala, whose parents worked for Herbert Papenfus, the politician who established Alex: Louisa Rivers, who joined the 1956 Women’s March on Parliament; Moses Mayekiso, who led the 1986 Six Day War in Alexandra; Paul Mashatile and Obed Bapela, who were central to the youth movement in the 1980s; ex-Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe; and Nelson Mandela, who participated in the 1943 bus boycott in Alex. The series also includes footage of Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Dolly Rathebe, Thandi Klaasens, Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenye and many other prominent South Africans from Alexandra’s past. Also includes interviews with historians Noor Nieftagodien and Achille Mbembe. Extensive use is made of archival footage.
Geldenhuys (O.) dir. THE SHORE BREAK,
90 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R230
A documentary about the struggle over mining rights in the Amadiba area on South Africa's Wild Coast, where the Pondo people have lived for centuries. Nonhle, a young local eco-tour guide, opposes a titanium-mining proposal and the government's controversial plan to build a tolled highway and fights to protect the environment on which her people's livelihood and culture depend while Madiba, her cousin, supports both the proposal and the highway, believing development will bring jobs, schools and hospitals.

This film won Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Encounters International Documentary Film Festival and the 2015 Durban International Film Festival and Best Feature Length Dcoumentary at the 2015 Festival du Film d'Environnement in France.
Kaganof (A.) dir. DECOLON I SING WITS, an act of epistemic disobedience
90 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R360
A documentary about how the student-driven movement to decolonize South African universities is being undertaken at the University of the Witwatersrand. It follows a group of Economic Freedom Front (EFF) student league members and features Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and Vuyani Pambo.
Kaganof (A.) dir. METALEPSIS IN BLACK, a document of complicity
99 mins, DVD, , 2016. R390
A documentary about the #RhodesMust Fall and #FeesMustFall movement initiated by university students in South Africa.
Khanyile (S.) dir. UPRIZE!,
59 minutes, DVD, , 2017. R645
A documentary that investigates the music, literature, and leaders that shaped the youth of 1976 and ignited the Soweto uprisings. Includes personal accounts from student leaders and rare archival footage.

“We have a philosophy about the representation of blackness in our work: we try and avoid, as much as possible, the depiction of black bodies lying on the ground. You can appreciate how challenging that is when telling a story in the context of apartheid, but it is possible,” producer Tshego Molete Khanyile
Markovitz (S.) prod. AFRICAN METROPOLIS, six stories from six African cities
92 mins., DVD, , 2014. R355
A compilation of six short fiction films set in six major African cities:
"Berea" (Johannesburg) dir. by Vincent Moloi (13 mins.)
"Homecoming" (Nairobi) dir. by Jim Chuchu (11 mins.)
"The Cave" (Cairo) dir. by Ahmed Ghoneimy (23 mins.)
"The Line Up" (Lagos) dir. by Polasakin Iwajomo (14 mins.)
"L'autre Femme/ The Other Woman" (Dakar) dir. by Marie Ka (13 mins.)
"To Repel Ghosts" (Abijan) dir. by Philippe Lacôte (21 mins.)
Opperman (D.) DONKERLAND, 158 jaar, 7 geslagte, 1 plaas
621 minutes, 4 x DVD, , 2015. R550
Donkerland is the third series in Deon Opperman's Afrikaner trilogy, after "Kruispad" and "Hartland". Set in Kwazulu-Natal on the farm Donkerland, it follows seven generations of the De Witt family, from 1838 to 1996. Each episode is set against the socio-political realities of the day, such the Great Trek, the Zulu Wars, the Anglo-Boer War, the Great Depression, the 1948 election, the Border War, the 1976 Soweto Uprising, and the transition to a democratic South Africa.

In Afrikaans.

Playwright Deon Opperman has written over fifty plays and has twice been awarded the Hertzog Prize. Recent television dramas include "Kruispad" and "Getroud met Rugby".
Opperman (D.) KRUISPAD,
625 minutes, 4 x DVD, , 2014. R425
"Kruispad" is the first series in Deon Opperman’s major TV trilogy about the history of the Afrikaner nation in South Africa. It focuses on how Afrikaners dealt with the 1994 transition to democracy.

In Afrikaans.

Playwright Deon Opperman has written over fifty plays and has twice been awarded the Hertzog Prize. Recent television dramas include "Kruispad" and "Getroud met Rugby".