About the event:
The Black Filmmakers Film Festival (BFFF) connects and showcases artists of colour from across the African continent and black diaspora through a series of events and workshops in the field of film and media. Through its various events, it seeks to establish itself as a principal port of call for aspiring black creatives, empowering them to realise their ideas in a supportive environment marked by mutual assistance and purposeful collaboration.
SEE EVENT PROGRAMME BELOW: Tickets available at The Labia Theatre – R40
14:00 Welcome by Khanya Siyengo (MC)
14:05 Performance by Zane Mbizo & Mapumba Cilombo
14:15 BFFF introduction video
14:20 BlaxploItalian – documentary film by Fred Kudjo (1hr)
15:20 Feature documentary Film: Nelson Mandela the Myth and Me by Khalo Matabane (85 mins)
16:45 Q&A with Fred Kudjo and Khalo Matabane
Uncovering the careers of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema dating back to 1915 when the first black actor appeared in an Italian film.
BlaxploItalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles Afro-Italian, African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African diasporic actors face. The stories serve as a call-to-action with the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences for ethnic and racial diversity in casting for roles.
The fight for diversity is not limited to the United States or the United Kingdom but is a global concern. Much like how #OscarsSoWhite exposed this problem to a new generation of filmgoers, BlaxploItalian is introducing audiences to precisely how global this issue is, starting with one of the last places you expect to find the African diaspora – Italy.
NELSON MANDELA: THE MYTH AND ME
A thought-provoking documentary which raises important question about the iconic leader’s legacy. How do people interpret Nelson Mandela’s message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in today’s world of conflict and inequality?
Matabane interviews the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Peter Hain, Albie Sachs and Ariel Dorfman and discusses the effects his policies and decision-making had on shaping South Arica 20 years after democracy.
TICKETS R40 AT THE DOOR – LIMITED SEATING
Location: The Labia Theatre
68 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001