Much like other events in the creative space and elsewhere, this year’s Africa Rising International Film Festival will be hosting its 3rd instalment virtually. This year’s festival is scheduled to run from November 27th through 29th.
The virtual edition will include a couple of live experiences. With ARIFF’s mission centred around using film to create awareness and contribute urgent conversations, the festival will be highlighting gender-based violence and Black Lives Matter as part of tackling unjust systems and discourses that underlie the plight of so many.
ARIFF will develop and screen 16 short films and documentaries under the 2020 theme its gender-based violence and equality project dubbed the ARIFF Film for Change: GBV and Equality.
In a press statement seen by QuenchSA, the festival has expressed that the ” main objective of the project is to drive conversation, raise awareness of gender-based violence and equality through the power of cinema and storytelling to push for real change and accountability.”
The short films and documentaries will form part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse. The program will also be integrated to the Africa Rising International Film Festival’s training program ARIFF Film Institute where ARIFF mentors over 200 young creatives through Directing, Producing, Scriptwriting, Acting, and technical and creative aspect of filmmaking.
Women, youth, queer community, and people living with disabilities will continue to take centre stage at this year’s Festival. As we celebrate their work, we also bring attention to the importance of continuing to support these groups in the film industry, to ensure these moments of celebration keep happening. Thematically as ARIFF we want to ensure that all voices left in the shadows are given a spotlight. We are excited about this instalment of the festival as we tackle difficult conversations that continue to erode our society. We will honour those who have lost their lives to both GBV and COVID19 – Lala Tuku
The commissioning process opened on Thursday, 05th November 2020, for emerging Filmmakers, with Scriptwriters and Directors from previously disadvantaged backgrounds within the ages of 18 to 35 with a filmmaking qualification or a year’s worth of directing experience also invited to participate in the development process. Experienced mentors will oversee the commissioned work while also mentoring and upskilling the participants.
The year 2020 will never be forgotten, we have had to all adjust and introspect on what is crucial. As a festival we have had to assess and evaluate how we engage with audiences leading from supporting purpose led content and initiatives. During this time we have explored the lengths of the digital space which has brought the world closer, with Film for Change we will share meaningful content to be seen beyond our borders using digital platforms – Ayanda Sithebe.
The three-day Africa Rising International Film Festival’s 2020 virtual edition programme also includes African and international film screenings/premiers, Round Tables, Masterclasses, SWIFT Hour, ARIFF Film Child, and more. The full African and International film screenings programme will be released closer to the time.
Wendy Williams Biopic + Doccie Premiere in South Ah this Weekend
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Last month, popular American television talk show host Wendy Williams caused a frenzy in South Africa after claiming that April 10th was an official Wendy Williams holiday in the country. We understand it happened after a chat with local media personality Anele Mdoda.
But while such a holiday does not exist anywhere in our calendar, this Saturday does come with a special event on Lifetime, where Wendy’s biopic and documentary will be airing back to back at 19:20 and 20:50 respectively. We’re getting the popcorn all sorted for that one!
Both autobiographical projects distill the award winning broadcaster’s iconic career and her life journey, which includes intimate details of her life that ended up making her the hot topic. Wendy Williams: The Movie will be screening for the first time on Lifetime, DStv channel 131 tonight, with the documentary Wendy Williams: What A Mess’ coming on right after.
Williams co-executive produced the biopic, which covers her entire life. The movie reveals all the highs and lows through the years as she became the most talked about radio shock jock in the late 1990’s to mid 2000’s, when she became known as the undisputed Queen of radio in America. Wendy has cultivated the reputation of being the exclusive celebrity tea on her radio shows, before successfully leveraging that into her eponymous talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.
In recent years, however, Wendy found herself being the at the main topic on the blogs. Amongst other things, rumours of her now former husband cheating on her and settling with the mistress, who also got pregnant, were splashed all over the media.
The Lifetime feature provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. In it, she explores the fast paced world behind mic and camera, which includes battle with drug addiction in the early years, dealing with infidelity with her husband, the heated climate that resulted from her shock jock career, and more. Ciera Payton takes on the lead role while Morocco Omari stars as Wendy’s ex-husband Kevin Hunter.
The doccie, on the other hand, is Wendy Williams talking about absolutely everything.
Wendy Williams: The Movie and Wendy Williams: What A Mess air on Lifetime, DStv channel 131 on Saturday, April 10th at 19:20 and 20:50 respectively.
Everything to Expect on Netflix in March
Loyiso Gola Comedy Special, Biggie Doccie and more.
We’ve been quite excited about the premiere of the Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell documentary, which landed on Netflix on Monday, March 1st. It distills the life of the Hip Hop icon, giving us a further dive into the fast-paced reality that propelled him to a god-like figure before his tragic death.
But we are also looking forward to Loyiso Gola’s original Netflix original comedy special, which debuts on the streaming platform March 23rd. It’s called Unlearning, and we are digging around for more tea on it for you. Keep an eye!
Here’s what’s coming up on Netflix (South Africa) through March
LOYISA GOLA: UNLEARNING (NETFLIX ORIGINAL COMEDY SPECIAL) 23/03/2021
South African comedian Loyiso Gola serves up practical philosophy and filter-free humor as he tackles topics like race, identity and world politics.
BIGGIE: I GOT A STORY TO TELL – NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCCIE NOW STREAMING
Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.
MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS – NETFLIX DOCCIE 3/3/2021
High-stakes exploits turn deadly — and shake a global church to its core — in this extraordinary true crime story.
FORMULA 1: DRIVE TO SURVIVE: SEASON 3 PREMIERING 19/3/2019
During a shortened 2020 season, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and other top drivers pursue checkered flags as COVID-19 turns the world upside down.
WHO KILLED SARA – ORIGINAL SERIES 24/3/2021
After 18 years in prison, Álex takes his revenge on the Lazcano family, who framed him for the murder of his sister Sara to save their reputation.
CAUGHT BY A WAVE – NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM 25/03/2021
After falling in love at a beachside summer camp in Sicily, a painful truth inspires two teenage sailing enthusiasts to live their lives to the fullest.
NAILED IT!: DOUBLE TROUBLE – NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES 26/03/2021
When two clueless cake “artists” team up, the reveals are even more ridiculous. From best buds to brothers and sisters, these bakers are twice as bad.
BAD TRIP – NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM 26/03/2021
In a hidden-camera comedy from the producer of “Bad Grandpa,” two pals embark on a road trip full of funny pranks that pull real people into the mayhem.
HAUNTED: LATIN AMERICA – NETFLIX SERIES 31/03/2021
Real people’s terrifying tales of the chilling, unexplained and paranormal come to life with dramatic reenactments in this reality series.
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Netflix’s ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ First Look
It was all a dream.
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is the definitive portrait of the man who became The Notorious B.I.G. With unprecedented access granted by the Wallace estate, this cinematic documentary is an emotional and personal journey through the people, places, and events that created the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time.
In rarely seen footage from his breakout years, we go behind the scenes with Biggie to watch him create classic songs in the studio and bring them to life onstage in incredible unseen concert clips. Intimate and candid interviews show the most trusted members of Biggie’s inner circle opening up like never before to share stories that have never been told publicly.
In the words of his mother, Voletta Wallace: “This will be the first documentary to focus on the experiences of my son’s life rather than the circumstances of his death. It is a celebration of who he was and where he came from. This is how he would have wanted to be remembered.”