South Africa celebrates 2 decades of democracy with UK tour of South African cinema

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of democracy and freedom in South Africa. To commemorate this landmark date, South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, a season of South African cinema, is taking place from October 2014 to April 2015 at venues across the UK.

The arts – including music, film, theatre, literature and visual arts – have played a pivotal role in the anti-apartheid struggle and the important role of creative expression in South Africa continues today.

South African films are increasingly gaining world-wide recognition. Recent high-profile successes include the Academy Awards nominated Yesterday (2004), Academy Awards winner Tsotsi (2005), sci-fi feature and Academy Awards nominated District 9 (2009), and Cannes nominated Beauty (2012).

The South African film tour opens up the diversity, creative innovation and technical brilliance of South African cinema to UK audiences.

The film tour is a collaboration between the five African film festivals in the UK: Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland, Film Africa in London, Afrika Eye in Bristol, Watch-Africa in Wales, and the Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF).

As part of the tour, Rich Mix in Shoreditch will be screening a documentary titled SA at 20: Future sounds of Mwazi on Saturday the 11th of April.

This colourful documentary explores South Africa’s cultural landscape through the vehicle of electronic music. In a country still steeped in poverty, crime and injustice, young South Africans party like their lives depend on it.

Directed by performance artist Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, this documentary aims to explore, express and interrogate South Africa’s cultural landscape through the vehicle of electronic music. The film engages with a potent range of pioneers sculpting the sounds of things to come. We swim in the sounds of deep house, glitch hop, sghubu sapitori, durban qhum, dubstep and shangaan electro. In a country still steeped in poverty, crime and injustice, young South Africans party like their lives depend on it. The groove is thick and infectious and the future looks blindingly beautiful.


Director: Spoek Mathambo, Lebogang Rasethaba
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 98 mins

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