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40 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R250
A documentary on the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.
307 minutes, 2 x DVDs, , 2012. R60
Late Night News with Loyisa Gola is a South African satirical news television series that airs weekly on and eNCA. Features host Lotiso Gola, David Kibuuka, Riaad Moosa and puppet Chester Missing.
69 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R185
South African stand-up comedian Nik Rabinowitz's new show, recorded live at the Baxter Theatre on 14 March 2015
RURAL LIFE, a remarkable journey through South Africa's rural and cultural landscapes
120 minutes, DVD, , No Date. R140
A selection of ten short documentary films about life in the rural areas of South Africa.

Films include:
"Wives of Miya", directed by Pumlani Veto, about women in a village in the Eastern Cape who sing and dance to earn a living
"Our Broken Dreams", directed by Palesa Shongwe, about young people from Zimbabwe hoping to find a better life in South Africa
"Strong Bones", directed by Dowelani Nenzhele, about a soccer team made up of grannies

TOWNSHIP LIFE, a vibrant and gritty portrayal of struggles and triumphs in South Africa
185 minutes, 2 DVDs, , No Date. R195
A selection of sixteen short documentary films about life in the urban townships of South Africa.

Films include:
"Ama-joker", about two street boys who make a living entertaining commuters, directed by Tamandani Kapisa
"Growing Hope", about a community vegetable garden, directed by Wiseman Mabusela
"Atrophy", about the fear of growing up, directed by Palesa Shongwe
"Getting There", about the unique hand signals used for hailing taxis, directed by Masechaba Magane
"To the One I Love", about a young man confronting his father, directed by Zolani Ndevu
"Soul Train", directed by Thabo Mokoena, about the church groups on the early morning trains from Soweto
"Horseman", directed by Oupa Maesela, about Enos Mofokate, the first black South African equestrian champion
TREVOR NOAH, That's Racist, live at the Lyric Theatre
97 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R125
South African comedian Trevor Noah's one-man show, filmed live at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg in October 2012.

Trevor Noah was born in 1984 and grew up in Soweto. In 2012 he was named Comic of the Year at the annual South African Comics Choice Awards.
TREVOR NOAH, Crazy Normal
99 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R100
South African comedian Trevor Noah's one-man show,"Goodbye for Now", filmed live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in March 2011.

Trevor Noah was born in 1984 and grew up in Soweto. In 2012 he was named Comic of the Year at the annual South African Comics Choice Awards.
TREVOR NOAH, Daywalker 2.0
103 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R100
An upgraded re-release of South African comedian Trevor Noah's one-man show, Daywalker, filmed live at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg in 2009.

Trevor Noah was born in 1984 and grew up in Soweto. In 2012 he was named Comic of the Year at the annual South African Comics Choice Awards.
TREVOR NOAH, It's My Culture
97 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R185
South African comedian Trevor Noah's one-man show, filmed live in the Teatro at Monte Casino, Johannesburg, 2013. Includes the live recordings of Trevor Noah's appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Trevor Noah was born in 1984 and grew up in Soweto. In 2012 he was named Comic of the Year at the annual South African Comics Choice Awards.
UBIZO, the calling
192 minutes, 2xDVDs, , 2007. R185
A TV mini-series about Nomathemba, a sophisticated, modern woman with a successful career as a microbiologist who receives a calling from the ancestors in her dreams to undergo 'uthwasa', the necessary process of suffering to become a 'sangoma' (traditional healer).
89 mins., DVD, , 2008. R150
A film set on Robben Island in the 1960s and 1970s, about political prisoners' fight for the right to play soccer. It records the foundation of the Makana Football Association, which adhered to FIFA regulations. The association was named after the 19th century Xhosa warrior-prophet Makana, who was imprisoned on Robben Island. Interviews with Mark Shinners, Anthony Suze, Sedick Isaacs, Lizo Sitoto and Marcus Solomon are intercut with re-enacted scenes.

“The movie captures the essence of the contribution of football to the struggle. It is an incredible experience” Danny Jordaan, CEO of the FIFA 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee
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.
Binge (H.) SCORCHED EARTH, Verskroeide Aarde
80 minutes, DVD, , 2000. R75
A documentary on the Anglo-Boer War that focuses on the impact Britain's scorched earth policy and the concentration camps had on the lives of ordinary people. Scholars interviewed speak in English and Afrikaans.
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.
Dornford-May (M.) dir. SON OF MAN,
91 minutes, DVD, , 2007. R455
A re-telling of the life of Christ, set in contemporary South Africa
Dornford-May (M.) dir. U-CARMEN EKHAYELITSHA, 122 minutes, DVD
122 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2005. R455
A re-telling of Bizet's opera, Carmen, set in the township of Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town, with actors and singers from the theatre and opera company, Dimpho Di Kopane. Pauline Malefane plays Carmen. Includes interviews with director Mark Dornford-May and co-writers and translators Pauline Malefane and Andiswa Kedama. The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival.

In Xhosa, with English subtitles.
Geldenhuys (O.) dir. GRIETJIE VAN GARIES, how does one tell the tale of a subversive angel?
48 minutes, DVD, , 2005. R215
A documentary about singer Grandma Gretel Adams, aka Ta'Gretel of Garies, winner of the 2006 Reconciliation Award. Grandma Gretel, who lived in Garies in the Northern Cape, continued to sing and participate in "rieldanse" into her 70s. She made her first CD at the age of 76. She died in 2014.
Geldenhuys (O.) dir. HERE BE DRAGONS,
86 minutes, DVD, , 2010. R295
A documentary on the life of human rights lawyer, George Bizos, one of the lawyers who represented Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in both the Treason and Rivonia Trials. In 1994 he was appointed to the Judicial Services Commission to recommend candidates for judicial office and reforms to the judicial system. He appeared at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission representing the families of Steve Biko, Chris Hani and the Cradock Four (Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlawuli). In 2004 he represented Morgan Tsvangirai, who was charged with high treason by the Zimbabwean government.

Odette Geldenhuys is a lawyer and former colleague of Bizos.
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.
Hickson (D.) dir. BEAT THE DRUM,
101 minutes, DVD, , 2007. R140
A feature film about an orphan who leaves his village for Johannesburg in search of his uncle and the truth about the mysterious illness that is killing his people.
Hofmeyr (N.) dir. MAIN REEF ROAD,
88 minutes, DVD, , 1999. R315
Main Reef Road runs through Gauteng following the line of the gold-bearing reef and linking the mines and mining towns. Filmmaker Nicolaas Hofmeyr's drove from Springs in the east to Krugersdorp in the west, interviewing people who live and work along the route.
Jacobs (S.) dir. DISGRACE,
114 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R165
A feature film based on the novel by J.M.Coetzee.

"This chilly film gets surprisingly close to the tone of Coetzee's precise prose." Philip French, The Observer

"The visionary gravity of J.M.Coetzee's Booker-winning novel is perhaps untranslatable to the screen, but Steve Jacob's film is a very creditable try. A bold one too, in casting John Malkovich, the lizard king, as the lead." Anthony Quinn, The Independent

This film was awarded the Prize of the International Critics at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jones (S.P.N.) dir. UMBILICAL CORDS,
54 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R240
A documentary, filmed over five years, in which Sarah Ping Nie Jones explores the complex relationship she has with her mother, and how this is mirrored in the way two of her women friends and their mothers do or don't relate.
109 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R375
A documentary about the Eoan Group, a cultural organisation for the coloured community of Cape Town founded in District Six in 1933 by Helen Southern-Holt. The group performed opera, ballet and drama and from the 1950s to the 1970s was very popular, but because of South African's racial policies, could not perform with white opera and ballet companies. The film includes rare archival footage of District Six and interviews with several members of Eoan.
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. FROM ASSIMILATION TO OCCUPATION, opening Stellenbosch
101 minutes, DVD, , (2015). R365
This film documents the debates and decision-making processes behind the formation of the Open Stellenbosch student collective at Stellenbosch University. The collective insists that the university publicly acknowledge the central role that it played in the conceptualisation, implementation and maintenance of apartheid and is active in the student uprising on campus.
Kaganof (A.) dir. G-STRING BLUES, the legendary Syd Kitchen
45 minutes, DVD, , 2010. R285
A documentary on Sydney Kitchen, South African guitarist, singer-songwriter and poet. Aryan Kaganof composed a piece of music called "G-String Blues" which Syd Kitchen "re-composed" and performed.

Kitchen was born in 1951 in Durban. He released nine albums, including “Africa’s Not for Sissies” and “Across”, and performed at “Splashy Fen” each year from 1990–2010. He died in 2011, shortly after this film was made.
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.
Kaganof (A.) dir. SHARP SHARP!, the story of kwaito
27 minutes, DVD, , 2003. R230
An analysis in film of kwaito, a South African musical genre born in the townships in the 1990s. The music expresses the daily experiences and dreams of the first generation of black South Africans to come of age after apartheid. Includes interviews with Mandoza, Mzeke Zeke, Kabelo and Mzambiya.
Kaganof (A.) dir. SMS SUGARMAN,
79 minutes, DVD, , 2010. R159
A feature film about a pimp and three prostitutes on Christmans Eve, shot entirely on mobile phone cameras.
80 minutes, DVD, , 2008. OUT OF PRINT
A film of the play "Nothing but the Truth" by the famous South African actor and writer John Kani, who directed the film and plays the lead role.

The film won numerous awards, including a Silver Stallion Award at the Pan African Film Festival and Television Awards at Ouagadougou (Fespaco) and Best African Film at the 2009 Milan African Film Festival.
Kell (D.) & Nizza (C.) dir. DEAR MANDELA,
93 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R445
A film that documents the struggles of South Africa's informal settlement movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, Zulu for "Residents of the Shacks". Abahlali baseMjondolo challenged the constitutionality of the Slums Act in the Constitutional Court, and won. Features S'bu Zikode, President of Abahlali baseMjondolo, and three extraordinary young members of the movement, Mnikelo Mdabankulu,Zama Ndlovu and Mazwi Nzimande.

This film won Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

"Filmmakers Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza sensitively capture how everyday life in an informal settlement intersects with the threat of eradication. 'Dear Mandela' touches us with the doubts, fears, reflections and courage of members of the Abahlali shack dwellers movement in Durban in their resolve to defend a new democracy against its custodians' resort to apartheid era legislation against informal settlements. In the depth of the backlash that the Kennedy Road community endured, this documentary leaves us with questions that few have dared to ask about the new South Africa." Marie Huchzermeyer, author of "Cities with 'Slums'"
Key (L.) dir. REWIND,
50 minutes, DVD, , 2008. R295
A documentary based on "Rewind, a cantata for voice, tape and testimony" created in 2006 by composer Philip Miller to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In his composition Philip Miller integrates extracts of recorded testimony from TRC hearings as part of the music and as libretto. In her film Liza Key uses footage from a performance of the cantata filmed at the Market Theatre in 2008, news archive, an interview with Philip Miller and interviews with some of the victims and perpetrators included in the cantata.
Key (L.) dir. THE FURIOSUS,
51 minutes, DVD, , 1999. R295
A documentary on the life of Dimitri Tsafendas, the man who assassinated Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1965.

Includes interviews with Gerard Shaw, Helen Suzman, Wilhelm Verwoerd, Breyten Breytenbach, David Bloomberg, Judge Wilfred Cooper and Jaap Marais.
Khanyile (S.) dir. UPRIZE!,
59 minutes, DVD, , 2017. R405
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
Kingwill (H.) dir. BURIED IN EARTHSKIN, uncovering the hidden impact of South African's nuclear energy decisions
50 minutes, DVD, 2009, . R140
A documentary on the impact of nuclear power and the search for alternatives. Helena Kingwill visits the nuclear waste dump site in Namaqualand and interviews people of the Nama-Khoi tribe who live nearby. She also visits Pelindaba, the nuclear research centre near Pretoria, and speaks to officials about waste disposal. Includes interviews with Mike Kantey from the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy, Buyelwa Sonjica, the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Tony Stott of Eskom, Derick Elbrecht from the National Union of Mineworlers, economist Patrick Bond and Dr Harald Winkler from the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town.
90 minutes, DVD, , 1994. R270
A documentary on the four-hundred year history of Robben Island. In the seventeenth century lunatics and lepers were banished to the island. In the 1960s it was turned into a high security prison. Includes interviews with Walter Sisulu, Neville Alexander, Govan Mbeki, Nelson Mandela, Steve Tshwete, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Patrick "Terror' Lekota, Eddie Daniels, Mac Maharaj, Tokyo Sexwale and warder James Gregory.
74 minutes, DVD , , 2010. R355
An action comedy in the Kung Fu genre set in inner-city Johannesburg.
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.)
Marshall (J.) dir. A KALAHARI FAMILY,
5 x 72 minutes, DVD, , 2002. OUT OF PRINT
A five-part series that documents fifty years in the life of the Ju/'hoan of Nyae Nyae in Namibia.
The series begins in 1951, when John Marshall first met Oma Tsamkxao and his extended family, and documents their lives as independent, self-sufficient hunter-gatherers. It continues through their experiences of dispossession, militarization and exploitation, and ends in 2001 with their attempts to establish viable farming methods.

Part 1. A Far Country
Part 2. End of the Road
Part 3. The Real Water
Part 4. Standing Tall
Part 5. Death by Myth

This series won a Jury Award at the Athens Film Festival, a Seahorse Award at the Moondance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award, Best in World Cinema, at the DC Independent Film Festival in Washington.
Masiyile Film Society OUR ENEMY IS SILENCE, gays and lesbians have human rights too
13 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R140
A documentary about attitudes towards gays and lesbians in Cape Town's black communities, made by the students of Masiyile Secondary School in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town, with the assistance of The Bambelela Healing Art Foundation. The film was made after four men, accused of killing Khayelitsha lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana, were each sentenced to eighteen years in jail.
Matabane (K.) dir. STATE OF VIOLENCE,
76 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R185
A feature film about a successful Johannesburg businessman who sets out to kill his wife's murderer. This film won Best Film in a Foreign Language at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Matabane (K.) dir. WHEN WE WERE BLACK,
190 minutes, 2 x DVDs, , 2007. R230
A four-part mini-series produced for television, about a shy teenager who finds love during the 1976 student uprising in Soweto.
Mattera (T.) dir. MAX AND MONA,
100 minutes, DVD, , 2005. R120
A comedy about a young man with the unusual talent of being able to cry at funerals, who leaves his rural village for Johannesburg, where he hopes to become a doctor.

This film was named Best Screenplay at the 2004 Sithengi CT Wold Film Festival and won the Best New Film Award, Fespaco 2005.

Music by Philip Miller.
Mbuli (M.) MZWAKHE MBULI, born free but everywhere in chains
52 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2001. R110
A collection of poems written and performed to music by Mzwakhe Mbuli.
30 minutes, DVD, , No Date. R140
A documentary of the life and work of Michael Lapsley.

Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand in 1949. An ordained priest, he arrived in South Africa in 1973 and soon began to speak out against apartheid. He was expelled from the country in 1976. He went first to Lesotho, where he joined the ANC, and then to Zimbabwe. In 1990 he was sent a letter bomb by the Civil Cooperation Bureau. He lost both hands and a eye in the blast, and was severely burnt. In 1993 he became chaplain of the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture, which assisted the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This work led to the establishment in 1998 of the Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) in Cape Town. The Institute holds workshops in which victims of violence work through their trauma by telling their stories.
Meyburgh (C.) dir. VIVA MADIBA, "a hero for all seasons"
95 minutes, DVD, , 2008. R130
A celebration of Nelson Mandela's life, made in the year he turned 90. Includes interviews with Desmond Tutu, Pik Botha, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ahmed Kathrada, Helen Suzman, Mac Maharaj, Sydney Kentridge, George Bizos, Amina Cachalia, Jessie Duarte, and Francois Pienaar.
Meyer (D.) dir. DIE LAASTE TANGO,
110 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R195
An Afrikaans film about a burnt-out detective who escapes to a remote Karoo town and falls in love with a local woman dying of cancer, written and directed by thriller writer Deon Meyer.
Mezieres (D.) dir. SHOOTING BOKKIE,
72 minutes, DVD, , 2003. R165
A film about a South African filmmaker who tries to convince a film crew to help him make a documentary about a 13-year-old gangster assassin (a "bokkie") on the Cape Flats, but is forced to improvise.

This film won first prize at the Festival Africano di Milano, and Best South African Feature Film at the 24th Durban International Film Festival in 2003.
Muteba (J.) dir. JESUS IN HILLBROW,
28 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R100
A film about a man sent to Hillbrow to preach the gospel to prostitutes, drug dealers and illegal immigrants.
Nataniël COMBAT,
120 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R330
Afrikaans entertainer Nataniël's stage production "Combat", that investigates and celebrates 'the uniform', filmed live in March 2011 at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg.

Includes a backstage documentary.

In English and Afrikaans.
Nkosi (E.) dir. THINA SOBABILI,
94 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R300
A feature film about the relationship between a brother and sister living in Alexandra township.
95 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R185
An Afrikaans drama based on the short story by Derick van der Walt, about a high school girl who resorts to begging to support her family when her father is arrested for fraud and her mother develops a drinking problem.
Olwagen (C.) dir. JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE,
102 minutes, DVD, , 2017. R350
A feature film about a group of friends who gather for a reunion shortly after the suicide of Johannes Kerkorrel, lead singer of the Gereformeerde Blues Band. They remember their days as students in the 1980s, during the Voëlvry Tour.

The film won seven awards at the 2016 Silwerskermfees, including Best Feature Film.

In Afrikaans with English subtitles.
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".
Orderson (K.) dir. VISIBLY INVISIBLE,
60 minutes, DVD, , 2008. R230
A film about the 2008 African History Week Festival in Oslo, Norway.

The African History Week is an annual cultural festival that takes place in Norway every year. Africans from the continent and the Diaspora use music, film, dance, poetry and workshops to celebrate African history, culture and identity. Features musicians Tlokwe Sehume from South Africa and Bonga from Angola.
Pakleppa (R.) dir. PATHS TO FREEDOM,
105 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R420
A documentary on the birth of Namibia's armed struggle against South Africa. The film looks at the conditions in Namibia that led to young men and women taking up arms, especially the impact of the contract labour system. It also records the personal stories of some of the early freedom fighters and how the armed struggle intensified after the SADF attack on the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) base at Omugulugwombashe in 1966.

With music by Philip Miller.

Richard Pakleppa was born in Namibia in 1961. In order to avoid conscription into the South African army, he left for Europe after completing his schooling in 1978. He worked as a camera assistant and studied Philosophy and Theatre Science in Munich. On his return he settled in Cape Town where he did a post graduate degree in African studies while producing political theatre and activist videos. In 1990, he began producing documentaries: "Whose Land ?", "Tears of Blood", "Those Glowing Eyes", and many more. In 1993, he formed the Namibian film and production company, On Land Productions, together with producer/director Bridget Pickering.
Paterson (D.) dir. AFRICA UNITED,
84 minutes, DVD, , 2010. R140
A feature film about five children who walk 3000 miles from Kigali to Johannesburg to see the Soccer World Cup final.

"What follows is a bouncy crossbreed of Slumdog Millionaire, Enid Blyton and a Unicef commerical; a film that so dearly wants to be adored and adopted that it seems positively churlish to shoo it away." Xan Brooks, The Guardian, U.K.
Penderis (I.) prod. CREDO MUTWA SPEAKS, dolphins
approx. 44 minutes, DVD, , (2011). R355
Credo Mutwa, sangoma, high sanusi and traditional historian of the Zulu nation, speaks about Africans' special relationship with the ocean and ocean creatures, especially dolphins. He also speaks about other animals sacred to African peoples.
Penderis (I.) prod. CREDO MUTWA SPEAKS, legends in stone
approx. 56 minutes, DVD, , (2011). R355
Credo Mutwa, sangoma, high sanusi and traditional historian of the Zulu nation, speaks about secret megalithic sites found all over South Africa, unknown to archaeologists.
Penderis (I.) prod. CREDO MUTWA SPEAKS, celestial knowledge
approx. 120 minutes, 2 DVDs, , (2011). R250
Credo Mutwa, sangoma, high sanusi and traditional historian of the Zulu nation, speaks about Africans' relationship with alien creatures from other planets.
Peterson (B.) & Suleman (R.) ZULU LOVE LETTER,
156 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, DVD, Johannesburg, 2009. R305
The script of the award-winning screenplay, Zulu Love Letter, written by Bhekizizwe Peterson and Ramadan Suleman. The script won the Special Jury Prize - Best Script 2001, France, 15th Edition, Grand Prix du Meilleur Scenariste. The film, directed by Ramadan Suleman, has won ten international awards.

Foreword by Mbye Cham.
Includes the essays, "Beadworks and Visual Praise Poems" by Anitra Nettleton,
"Love, Loss, Memory and Truth" by Jacqueline Maingard,
"Writer's Statement, trauma, art and healing" by Bhekizizwe Peterson, and
"Director's Statement" by Ramadan Suleman.

Includes a DVD of the films "Zulu Love Letter" (2004) and "Fools" (1997).

Bhekizizwe Peterson and Ramadan Suleman are directors of Natives At Large, the production company that produced "Fools", "Zulu Love Letter" and "Zwelidumile" (2009).
Rabinowitz (N.) text & Palmer (B.) text & dir. NIK RABINOWTZ, Stand and Deliver
68 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R185
A live recording of South African comedian Nik Rabinowitz's one-man show.
Rickards (M.) dir. TESS,
87 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R
A feature film about a young woman working as a prostitute in Muizenberg, Cape Town, who falls pregnant and decides against an abortion.

Based on the novel, "Whiplash" by Tracey Farren.
17 minutes, DVD, , 2005. R140
A tour of Robben Island's history: its early years as a leprosy patients colony and a mental asylum, its time as a maximum security prison and its present-day role as a museum.

Extra features include interviews with two former prison warders, former prisoner Ahmed Kathrada, and an island conservationist.
107 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R185
Script by Deon Meyer.

A thriller about a music manager trying to protect a rising young rock star from the media and the authorities after a body is found in his room when he's on tour.
Roodt (D.) dir. SEUN,
92 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R275
An Afrikaans feature film about a young man paralysed during his military service and his return to his parents farm.
Ross (L.) dir. THE SILVER FEZ, a film in Cape Town's unique Malay choir culture
87 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R150
A documentary that follows the struggle between two all-male Malay choirs from the Cape Flats, the Continentals and the Starlights, as they compete with each other in the annual competition for The Silver Fez trophy.

Script by Rian Malan.

This film won Best Documentary at both the 2009 Durban International Film Festival and the 2009 Tri Continental Film Festival.
Ross (L.) dir. VOËLVRY, the movie
70 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2006. R145
Documentary about the group of young Afrikaner rock musicians who, during the 1989 State of Emergency, travelled around South Africa performing their iconic protest music. Includes live footage and interviews captured on the Voëlvry Tour, as well as more recent interviews with some of those who were involved. Musicians featured include Bernoldus Niemand (James Phillips), Koos Kombuis (Andrè le Toit) and Johannes Kerkorrel and other members of the Gereformeerde Blues Band. Also includes interviews with Max du Preez, founder of Vrye Weekblad, Lloyd Ross of Shifty Records, and Dagga Dirk-Uys, the tour organisers.

In Afrikaans, with optional English subtitles
82 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R230
A feature film about a religious young man's visit to a high class escort and the conversation that ensues: "an encounter between two people that brings all sorts of things to the surface - issues of relationships, pretence and authenticity, social responsibility, money, fear and love." Shaun de Waal

"'Discreet [is] ambitious enough to be willing to limit itself and do its job well. it has a simple self-confidence and total lack of amateurishness that bodes well for its makers, while standing at a remove from the kind of films South Africans are often told they should be making. 'Discreet' is unusual and courageous, as well as gripping." Shaun de Waal in the Mail & Guardian
SABC Business Development UNGUMUNTU NGABANTU, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
123 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R150
An uncritical documentary on Jacob Zuma, which locates him within the context of African history and culture, as a traditional leader at his homestead in the village of Inkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. It also covers his rise to power in the ANC and his inauguration as President.
Saragas (A.) dir. STRIKE A ROCK,
87 mins., DVD, , 2017. R330
A documentary about two South African women, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, who live in Nkaneng, Marikana, the informal settlement around the platinum mine operated by Lonmin Plc. where 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police in 2012. Primrose and Thumeka formed the women’s organisation, Sikhala Sonke (We Cry Together), after a friend was killed by police.

South African documentary filmmaker and photographer Aliki Saragas is based in Johannesburg.
Schaffers (J.) prod. DISTRICT SIX, the colour of our skin?
50 minutes, DVD, South Africa, No Date. R186
A documentary on the history of District Six, told by Joe Schaffers who was born and grew up in the area, before being moved to the Cape Flats in 1967. He now works as an educator at the District Six Museum.
Schwegler (O.) dir. GLORY GAME, the Joost van der Westhuizen story
89 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R105
Former South African Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in 2011. He has since established relationships with leading experts at some of the world's top facilities in his quest to help find a cure for the disease. In 2014 he established the Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration, affiliated to The ALS Multidisciplinary Centre in Boston, The Eleanor and Lou Gehring Centre in New York City, The Cleveland Clinic, The Euan MacDonald Centre in Edinburgh, as well as the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and Wits Medical School in South Africa.
52 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 1998. R215
A documentary on the experiences of five street prostitutes, aged from 12 to 34 years, working in Woodstock and Green Point in Cape Town.

Please note that this film contains sexually explicit language and scenes.
70 minutes running time, DVD, , 2012. R355
A film about a priest who takes a job in crime-ridden Alexandra township.
Shamis (K.) dir. IMAM AND I, murder, myth and memory do not the Imam make
80 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R256
Independent filmmaker Khalid Shamis returns to South Africa from London to investigate the life of his famous grandfather, Imam Abdullah Haron. In Cape Town in the 1950s and 1960s Haron spoke out against the injustices of apartheid, was incarcerated and killed in detention in 1969. This film won the Best Film and Audience Award at the 2011 Encounters Film Festival.

The DVD also includes the 10 minute film, "The Killing of the Imam", made by Shamis in 2010, which explores Imam Haron's life and death.
Silver (S.) dir. THE BANG BANG CLUB,
109 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R200
A feature film about four young photographers - Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter - who worked in the townships between 1990 and 1994, risking their lives to take photographs of the brutality and violence that preceded South Africa's first democratic elections. The film is based on the book, "The Bang Bang Club: snapshots from a hidden war", by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva.

"It's a true story, superbly shot but - more importantly - a stunning thriller. It's an instant South African movie classic." Barry Ronge, Sunday Times
STEPS International WHY DEMOCRACY?, a global documentary project
11 hours 42 minutes, 11 x DVD, , 2007. R795
This series contains thirteen short films and ten 52 minute documentaries from Bolivia, China, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, DR Congo, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. The commissioned films were selected from over four hundred submissions on the strength of their engagement with questions around the meaning and value democracy.
The ten documentaries are:
Bloody Cartoons directed by Karsten Kjaer (Denmark)
The Kawasaki Campaign! directed by Kazuhiro Soda (Japan)
Dinner with the President directed by Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sahananthan (Pakistan)
Egypt: We Are Watching You directed by Jehane Nourjaim and Sherief Elkatsha (Egypt)
For God, Tsar and the Fatherland directed by Nino Kirtadze (Russia)
In Search of Gandhi directed by Lalit Vachani (India)
Iron Ladies of Liberia directed by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge (Liberia)
Looking for the Revolution directed by Rodrigo Vazquez (China)
Taxi to the Dark Side directed by Alex Gibney (USA). This film won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2008.

Also includes the short film, "Don't Shoot" directed by Lucilla Blankenberg, on Afrikaans newsreader Riaan Cruywagen, the longest serving newsreader in the world. Riaan has read the news on South African television since 1976, and through South Africa's transition to democracy.

104 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R420
A feature film that explores the lives and relationships of gays and lesbians from different levels of privilege in South Africa’s queer community. Set in Cape Town twenty years into the country's democracy.

The film won the Pink Apple Audience Award in Zurich in 2015. Director Catherine Stewart was also honoured with California’s QFilms Jury Award.

Strasburg (T.) dir. THE TAP,
50 minutes, DVD, , 2003. R320
Filmed over ten months, this documentary records the life of one woman, Nolindile Mdatshwa, and her community in the village of Sicambeni, Transkei, as she collects and carries water over long distances, and the difference that the installation of water pipes and a tap makes to village life.
Taylor (L.) & Morris (C.) dir. VIRGIN VOICES, through the eyes of Umcwasho
24 minutes, DVD, , (2009). R585
Lara Taylor and Catherine Morris spent three months in the village of Luve in Swaziland observing traditional virginity rituals and speaking to young women about the rituals, sex and HIV/AIDS. The virginity ritual "umcwasho" was reintroduced by King Mswati III to prevent the spread of HIV and mark his own daughter's coming of age.
Taylor (S.) dir. PROGRESS,
71 minutes, DVD, , (2011). R285
A documentary, filmed over the course of a year, about the Progress Rugby football club, made up mainly of factory workers and unemployed men from the Eastern Cape town of Uitenhage, who beat the University of Stellenbosch, the largest rugby club in the world and ten-time national club championship title winners, on their home ground at the 2006 tournament.

"This film will forever change the way rugby is perceived in South Africa. 'Progress' tells the story of a group of players, mostly factory workers and unemployed, whose sweat and skills went unnoticed beyond dusty township fields until they travelled to the spiritual home of South African rugby - and caused the shock of the century..." Rugby World magazine
The Southern African Housing Foundation BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME,
74 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R195
A DVD produced by the Southern African Housing Foundation that "demonstrates and explains the step-by-step process of building your own home which incorporates the preparation, building terms, tools required, foundations, foundation walls, floor slab, doors & windows, lintels & roof tiles, electrical installation, water & drainage, plastering, glazing, painting and then the finishing process."
Torline (C.) prod. BRENDA, the DVD
60 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2005. R110
The story of South African singer Brenda Fassie, who died in 2004, aged 40. Includes interviews with the singer, footage taken from documentaries and many of her music videos.
Uys (P-D.) BLAST FROM THE PAST, Adapt or Dye/ Beyond the Rubicon
86 minutes, DVD, South Africa, (2007). R110
Highlights from two of satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys's early shows, "Adapt or Die", filmed live at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in 1982, and "Beyond the Rubicon", filmed live at the Nico Malan Theatre in Cape Town in 1986.
126 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2007. R110
The stage show by satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, filmed by Brian Tilley at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, in November 2007.
126 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 1984. R110
The stage show of FARCE ABOUT UYS, written by and staring Pieter-Dirk Uys with Chris Galloway and Thoko Ntshinga and directed by Dawie Malan. The show toured South Africa during 1983 and 1984. This adapted DVD-version was filmed before a live audience in Johannesburg in 1984.
129 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2002. R110
South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys in his one-man performance, "Foreign Aids", filmed live on stage at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg in September 2002.

"'Foreign Aids' is a personal journey by a middle-aged South African through the minefield of this young democracy threatened by the HIV-virus and the stigma of AIDS".
94 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 1985. R110
A film written by and starring Pieter-Dirk Uys as Evita Bezuidenhout, directed by Bromley Cawood.
53 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2004. R110
Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys celebrates ten years of equality and human rights in South Africa. Filmed live at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town in July 2004.

In English and Afrikaans.
Uys (P-D.) THE GREAT COMEDY TREK, volumes 1 & 2
96 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2004. R110
A four-part TV series, compiled from Pieter-Dirk Uys shows of the 1980s.
Valley (D.) dir. AFRIKAAPS,
52 minutes, DVD, , 2010. OUT OF PRINT
A documentary on the creation of the stage production, "Afrikaaps", which traces the roots of the Afrikaans language back to the slaves of the Cape. The film features local musicians Jitsvinger, Kyle Shepherd, Emile X, Blaq Pearl, and Shane Cooper, poet Jethro Louw, b-boy Bliksemstraal, theatre director Catherine Henegan and playwright Aryan Kaganof. Also includes interviews with Neville Alexander.
48 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R265
A documentary that follows twenty five year-old Peter John Christians during his two year parole period as he struggles to reintegrate into the community after spending five years in Pollsmoor Prison for the murder of his mother's boyfriend. Having foresworn his membership of the ‘28s' gang, Peter tries to establish himself as a hip-hop artist.

Filmmaker Dylan Valley was born and raised in Cape Town. He recently completed an MA in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) at USC Annenberg in the USA. He directed the award-winning documentary "Afrikaaps" (2010)

van Lierop (L.) dir. BALLADE VIR 'N ENKELING,
139 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R307
A thriller about the disappearance of one of South Africa's top writers and the shocking truth uncovered by the journalist assigned to the story.
van Rensburg (J.) dir. INTONGA,
107 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R140
A feature film about a young stick fighter from Fort Beaufort who decides, in self-defence, to train as a boxer.
Verster (F.) dir THE MOTHERS' HOUSE,
76 minutes, DVD, South Africa, 2006. R180
Documents four years in the life of Miché Moses, a teenager living with her HIV-positive mother, Valencia, her grandmother, Amy, an aunt and two siblings in a small house in Bonteheuwel, a previously coloured suburb in Cape Town. This film won Best Documentary at the Cape Town World Cinema Festival in 2005, Best Documentary at the 2006 SAFTA Awards, Best Documentary at the Apollo Film Festival 2006 and Best Film at Play-Doc in 2007, as well as numerous other awards.
Verster (F.) dir. A LION'S TRAIL,
55 minutes, DVD, , 2002. R225
A documentary about the famous South African song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and the original composer, Solomon Linda, an illiterate Zulu musician who died a poor man while others continue to make millions from adaptations.

"A gripping investigation into the shady world of copyright piracy, and a rousing celebration of the power of song to inspire and unite across continents and generations." Encounter Film Festival 2003
Verster (F.) dir. PAVEMENT ARISTOCRATS, the bergies of Cape Town
58 minutes running time, DVD, , 1998. R177
A documentary of the "Bergies", a homeless community living on the streets of Cape Town.

"A significant debut...'Pavement Aristocrats' constitutes an important, sensitively filmed attempt to humanise a largley demonised community" Mail & Guardian
Verster (F.) dir. SEA POINT DAYS, a record in five parts
93 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R177
Sea Point is a Cape Town suburb on the Atlantic seaboard which under apartheid was reserved for whites only. Today the promenade and the municipal pools are one of the few public spaces used by all the city's peoples.

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Francois Verster records life at Sea Point's promenade and municipal pools and captures the tensions of a society in transition.

"To stroll around a place in this open manner, to find a plethora of outstanding detail, and to at the same time tell a complex story of a nation that reaches far beyond a little beach area is an awesome achievement." Munich International FIlm Festival

This film won Best Editor Prize at the 2009 DocNZ Film Festival.
Wahl (F.) dir. DOC-U-MENTALLY, 6 doctors, 5 cultures, 30 hour call
82 minutes, DVD, , 2017. R390
A documentary that follows five doctors from different backgrounds as they each work a 30-hour shift at Ngwelezane Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

The film won the award for Best Cinematography at the 2017 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) and was also voted the Best South African Documentary at the Jozi Film Festival in 2016.
Wessels (A.) dir. BLITZ PATROLLIE,
102 minutes, DVD, , 2013. R185
An action comedy about two police officers stationed in Johannesburg CBD.
Westcott (N.) dir. NEVILLE ALEXANDER, glimpses of a life
24 minutes, DVD, , 2012. R230
A documentary on the life and work of Neville Alexander.

Linguist, educationalist, academic and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Neville Alexander was born in 1936 in Cradock in the Eastern Cape. A member of the National Liberation Front, which he co-founded, he was arrested in 1963 and found guilty of conspiracy to commit sabotage. He spent ten years on Robben Island. A proponent of a multi-lingual South Africa, after his release he did pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning via organisations such as the National Language Project, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in Southern Africa(PRAESA), the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED) and the LANGTAG process. In 2008 he received the Linguapax Prize in recognition of his contributions to linguistic diversity and multilingual education. He died in August 2012.
Westcott (N.) dir. SINK OR SWIM, navigating language in the classroom
approx 25 minutes, DVD, , (2003). R230
A documentary which explores the need for first-language learning in South African schools. Filmed in various Cape Town schools, the film includes an interview with Neville Alexander (1936-2012), former director of Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) at the University of Cape Town.
White (A.St.P) dir. THE DEATH OF PELICAN 16,
90 minutes, DVD, , 2003. R260
A documentary on Pelican 16, an AvroShackleton maritime patrol aircraft commissioned by the South African Air Force in 1957 and restored in the early 1990s. In 1994 the aircraft's engines failed over the Western Sahara and the flight commander, Eric Pienaar, performed a crash landing from which the crew walked away unaided.

White (A.St.P) dir. THUNDER AND LIGHTNINGS, a quest for power
54 minutes, DVD, , 2006. R260
A documentary on Thunder City, a museum of heavy metal supersonic and subsonic jets based at Cape Town International Airport.

Additional features include an interview with Brian Carroll of the Royal Air Force, a film on the scrapping of the Lightnings and a film on ejector seat training.
Will (C.) dir. AGAINST THE FLOW,
312 minutes, DVDs, , 2005. R225
A 13 (x 24 minutes) episode TV series documenting a 65 day road trip tracking the course of South Africa's longest river, the 2,300 km long Orange River.
Yon (D.) dir. MINING MEMORY, legacies of St Helena in the Northern Cape
56 minutes, DVD, , 2018. R280
On 21st May 1907 100 men left the island of St Helena to work on the copper mines in Concordia, Namaqualand, where the immigrants were considered neither ‘European’ or ‘Native’. In this documentary descendants of these men share stories about their ancestors, and the themes of race, heritage and the significance of ‘place’ are explored.
Zapiro & Cassuto (T.) ZA NEWS, Vol 01
80 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R100
A selection from the online satirical news show using puppets created by Zapiro and Thierry Cassuto.
114 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R100
A selection of the best of ZA News' programmes in which the puppets of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu discuss South African and global issues.
Zapiro & Cassuto (T.) ZA NEWS, vol 02, let's get it on!
120 minutes, DVD, , 2010. R100
A new selection from the online satirical news show using puppets created by Zapiro and Thierry Cassuto.