Media release

Tri Continental Film Festival 2015

Friday 14 August 2015


For immediate release


Watch, Speak, Act: Taking Films To The People


The Tri Continental Film Festival takes a very different shape in its 13th year.


Happening between August and November, we will be breaking out of shopping malls and travelling across the country to screen films in nine urban centres.


“We’ve screened at Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the last twelve years during which time we’ve developed loyal audience support. This year we want to try something different that is more in line with social impact documentaries. We want to reach more people by taking the films to where locals can walk to screenings, and to cities that have never experienced the festival.” (Anita Khanna, Festival Director)


Starting off with a four day run at the Bioscope Independent Cinema, Hillbrow Theatre and youth clubs, from August 19th, the festival then travels to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, Mbombela and Ermelo.


The festival returns to Johannesburg and Pretoria for a second run from October 14, when films will be shown in multiple popular alternative venues, in some cases outdoors.


“We’ve noticed a growing trend in Johannesburg for people to gather in places like Maboneng, 27 Boxes in Melville and The Sheds in Newtown. So we’re branching out to take films to these new social spots. We also have a focus on youth and will be having large screenings in township youth centres in several places across the country.” (NhlanhlaNdaba, Festival Co-Director)


The selection this year is made up of 11 feature length social impact documentaries. The line up includes 6 South African premieres:


The March of the White Elephants (Craig Tanner, SA, 2015)SA premiere

Yes Men are Revolting (Jacques Servin, Igor Vamos, Laura Nix, US, 2015)SA premiere

Red Lines(Andrea Kalin and Oliver Lukacs, US, 2014)SA premiere

Incorruptible(E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Senegal, US, 2015)SA premiere

Dreamcatcher(Kim Longinotto, UK/US 2015)SA premiere

Agora: From Democracy to the Market (YorgosAvgeropoulos, Greece/ Germany, 2015)SA premiere

Parole Camp(MaandaNtsandeni, SA, 2015)

CitizenFour (Laura Poitras, US, 2014)

The Shore Break(RyleyGrunenwald, SA 2015)

African Pride(Laura Fletcher, SA, 2014)

Democrats (Camilla Nielsson, Denmark, 2014)


The TCFF team has strong views about involving organisations and social movements that want to use films of social importance to build support for their causes. A partnership with the Right 2 Know Campaign to show CitizenFour, the Oscar winning film about Edward Snowden, will include a discussion on South African state security and intelligence, including an update on the Secrecy Bill and its implications for ordinary South Africans.


“We are blown away by the South African docs in the selection this year. We live in a country that is the result of an unjust society that was inherited by the legacy of the past. Maanda’s film, Parole Camp, takes us to the root cause of crime, which is poverty, fuelled by high levels of drug abuse and absent parents. It’s an exceptional inside view into what becomes of a society that neglects its young people. It invites us to explore and challenge the roots of the problem.” (NhlanhlaNdaba, Festival Co-Director)


In recent years, the festival has included a theme of tackling gender inequality.Kim Longinotto’s new film, Dreamcatcher, will screen for the first time in Africa at TCFF.Longinotto’swomen focused films have the ability to inspire all those fighting women’s oppression. Dreamcatcher, the tale of a sex worker turned activist, is no exception.



For further information contact:

NhlanhlaNdaba083 3745666

Anita Khanna 083 357 5904


Festival start dates:


Johannesburg            19 August

Grahamstown            30 August (closed screenings)

Port Elizabeth            14 September

Cape Town                 7 October

JHB & Pretoria           14 October

Durban                       21 October

Mbombela                  4 November

Ermelo                        6 November

Press Release

Monday, 08 September 2014
Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival 2014


“Each of these documentaries has been selected because it is not only inspiring, but because it is downright provocative.” (Anita Khanna – TCFF Festival Director)

The 2014 Tri Continental Film Festival (TCFF) returns to South African cinemas at the end of September. The festival will be screened exclusively at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg (Rosebank Mall) and Cape Town (V&A Waterfront) from 26 September to 06 October.

Unlike previous festivals, where the selection criteria focused on human rights cinema of the South, the twelve films in this year’s line-up have been chosen because they are the big issue films that are currently making waves in festivals across the world. Four of the films are from South Africa. Each title represents documentary at its best, and all the films are in some way being used to push social justice agendas that go beyond viewing.

In one way or another, each film is a call to action. Its intention is to move audiences beyond passive viewing to active engagement, whether that means reading up on a particular issue, signing a petition or joining a campaign.

“Documentary film has a special role to play. It goes deeper than straightforward reporting and demands a point of view,”

says TCFF Festival Co-Director, Anita Khanna.

“Good films are made by filmmakers who have thoroughly researched and thought through how best to tell a story, so that it is both compelling and convincing. This means they have to be all the more rigorous in their journalistic integrity,”

adds Nhlanhla Ndaba, the festival’s Co-Director.

This year the festival organisers have implemented a different scheduling strategy, with the screenings limited to two consecutive weekends at the two venues. The festival launches at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall on Friday, 26 September and runs till Monday, 29 September. It then moves to Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from Friday, 03 to Monday, 06 October.

The festival co-directors, Nhlanhla Ndaba and Anita Khanna, are both impact producers on the big South African documentary, Miners Shot Down. Faced with the unwillingness of the two big national broadcasters, SABC and ETV, to air the documentary, together they have spent the past five months running an alternative distribution strategy for the ilm that has seen unstoppable demand across all sections of society and a significant bolstering of the justice campaign associated with the film ( and

The festival co-directors are Nhlanhla Ndaba and Anita Khanna, who are both impact producers of the hard-hitting South African documentary, Miners Shot Down. Faced with the unwillingness of the two free-to-air broadcasters, SABC and eTV, to schedule the documentary, they have spent the past five months implementing an alternative distribution strategy for the film that has seen demand across all sectors of society, and a significant bolstering of the justice campaign associated with the film ( and As such, it has been included in this year’s Tri Con festival line-up.

The thirst for the truth, as told in the documentary format, is plentiful, not only in South Africa’s current turbulent times but further afield too. Following this year’s festival,the team will use its experience and expertise to screen some of the other titles to a wider audience, again working hand-in-hand with relevant campaigns and social justice partners.

“There is nothing wrong with a bit of controversy, we say, and we judge the success of a festival not only by the number of people filling the seats, but by the liveliness of our audiences. As any good storyteller knows, there is nothing as numbing as silent consensus,” states Ndaba.

Included in this year’s TCFF line-up are: Crumbs: Toppling the Bread Cartel; Miners Shot Down; Roadmap to Apartheid; and Unearthed: Fracking in the Karoo (produced in South Africa); Dirty Wars and God Loves Uganda from the USA; Judgment in Hungary (Hungary); Marmato (Colombia); Return to Homs (Syria); The Square (Egypt); Ukraine is not a Brothel (Ukraine/Australia); and Virunga (UK).

For screening times and booking information for the 2014 Tri Continental Film Festival, visit or, or call TicketLine on 0861-Movies (668 437). Follow Cinema Nouveau on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook. You can also download the Ster-Kinekor app on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smart phone, for updates and to book from your mobile.


Anita Khanna, TCFF Festival Director
083 357 5904 / 011 615 2505
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