World Premiere Of 'African Metropolis' Omnibus Film Project Set For Durban Film Festival (DIFF)
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World Premiere Of 'African Metropolis' Omnibus Film Project Set For Durban Film Festival (DIFF)

nullMovement on the African Metropolis initiative we announced last summer – July.

First a quick recap… in short, selected from among 40 entries, 7 African directors will each explore their own “African Metropolis” on film – Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi. 

The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa, with further support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria is also a partner.

The filmmakers are Jim Chuchu of Kenya, Egyptian director Ahmed GhoneimyFolasakin Iwajomo of Nigeria, Marie Ka, who is Senegalese/Martiniquan, Philippe Lacote of the Ivory Coast, Yohan Lengole of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South African director Vincent Moloi

Today brings word this year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will host the premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project, this weekend, July 20 and 21.

Each screening will be followed by Q&A sessions with directors and producers, as well as a panel discussion on July 21.

Dates & Venues:

Film screenings, followed by Q&A:

20.07. / Musgrave Theatre / 17H00

21.07. / Blue Waters Hotel / 16H00

23.07. / Ohlange School Hall, Inanda / 16H00

Panel discussion:

21.07. / South Deck Room, 11th floor, Blue Waters Hotel / 09H00


21.07. / Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel, Pooldeck / 18H00

The Durban International Film Festival takes place from July 18 – 28, 2013. The Festival includes 170 theatrical screenings (I’ve highlighted a few, and will highlight a few more), a full seminar/workshop programme as well as the Wavescape Film Festival and industry initiatives: the 6th Talent Campus Durban (in cooperation with the Berlin Talent Campus) and the 4th Durban FilmMart (the co-production market in partnership with the Durban Film Office), with the Wild Talk Africa Festival taking place in the city from July 23 to 26. 

For more information go to

I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of the African Metropolis project, and hope it travels west sooner than later.

I’m sure a trailer is on the way…

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