Encounters film festival: What to watch

Encounters film festival takes places in Cape Town and Johannesburg until June 14.

Encounters film festival takes places in Cape Town and Johannesburg until June 14.

Thursday marks the opening of the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. The festival kicks off at the Labia theatre in Cape Town on June 4 and will take place in cinemas across Cape Town and Johannesburg until June 14.

Here’s our selection of doccies from the festival:

The Iron Ministry 

Director: JP Sniadecki

Once, China had not one but two Silk Roads. Now it has the world’s biggest railway network, iron tracks that reach even into Tibet. The hard-bench third-class “seats” of old have yielded to comfier ones. See these and others in this cinema verité journey through China. – Darryl Accone

My Dancing Heart 

Director: Andrea Martínez Crowther

Age ain’t nothing but a number for women in Mexico who revive their youthful spirit with a dance style called the Danzon. My Dancing Heart is an Al??Jazeera documentary that follows dancers who are 60 years and older and find joy in dance. – Katlego Mkhwanazi

The Shore Break

Director: Ryley Grunenwald

Why should Australian mining interests be allowed to despoil pristine Wild Coast dunes and the communities attached to the land? Why indeed? Eloquent, persuasive, forcible: advocacy documentary-making at its ethical best. – DA

Director of The Shore Break, Ryley Grunenwald

The Shore Break documentary trailer (May 2015) from Ryley Grunenwald on Vimeo.

Coming of Age 

Director: Teboho Edkins

This is the story of teenagers Lefa, Retabile and Mosaku, from the village of HaSekake in Lesotho, who move into adulthood in two years, and face life-changing decisions. – KM

Prisoner 467/64:
The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni 

Director: Lebogang Rasethaba

Quiet, unassuming and blessed with unswerving principles and juggernaut moral force: that’s Andrew Mlangeni, 11th accused in the Rivonia Trial. – DA

Out on the Streets 

Director: Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk

A group of artists give voice to difficulties faced by working class citizens of Egypt through staged performances. – KM

Katlego Mkhwanazi
Darryl Accone

Katlego Mkhwanazi

Katlego Mkhwanazi is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started her career in magazines, before joining the Mail & Guardian team in 2014. She is an entertainer at heart.
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    • Darryl Accone

      Darryl Accone is books editor of the Mail & Guardian and director of the annual M&G Literary Festival. All Under Heaven, the memoir of his (mainly) Chinese family in South Africa (David Philip, 2004), was shortlisted for the 2005 Alan Paton Award. Accone is a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar and the International Writers Workshop of Hong Kong Baptist University.
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