The weekend guide
Sembene Across Africa: In association with the film and television division of the Wits school of arts and Reframing Africa, the Sembene Across Africa project is a series of free public screenings of Ousmane Sembene’s work across the continent. The late Senegalese film director, producer and writer moved from literature to film in an effort to reach a broader audience on the continent.
His film Sembene! will be screened in Soweto this weekend.
The film tells of how Sembene, the son of a Senegalese fisherman, fought in World War II and worked as a dock labourer before becoming a novelist and a pioneering filmmaker. His first novel, The Black Docker, appeared in 1956. Ten years later he made his first feature, Black Girl, and went on to make a remarkable series of films. The biopic will give viewers an insight into the “father of African cinema’s” life and creative struggles. Details: The screening will take place on June 9 at 2.30pm, at the Soweto Theatre’s Yellow Theatre, on the corner of Bolani Link and Bolani roads, Jabulani, Soweto. Entry is free. Visit sowetotheatre.com
A Crescendo of Ecstasy: Acclaimed South African artist Mary Sibande invites you to step into her mind with her new interactive and virtual reality installation, A Crescendo of Ecstasy. Presented by the Mixed Reality Workshop, Sibande has created an intricate and immersive environment that combines digital and physical sculptural elements to be experienced both in the real and the virtual worlds. Sibande takes her practice to new heights, with slithering vines, writhing purple creatures and bodies that all but disappear in a living environment. The impulse to create these elements of the installation is intimately woven into Sibande’s evolving artistic practice. Details: A Crescendo of Ecstasy is on from June 9 to July 29 at the TMRW Gallery, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Visit tmrw.gallery
Uhambo luyazilawula: Stevenson presents Mawande Ka Zenzile’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Ka Zenzile’s work draws on contemporary politics and culture, focusing on the tensions and differences between the old and new powers and examining 21st-century patterns of migration and neocolonialism. Details: Uhambo luyazilawula is on until June 29 at Stevenson gallery, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Visit stevenson.info
M.I.A. in South Africa: Lauded musician, artist and documentary filmmaker M.I.A. is coming to South Africa for two intimate performances that coincide with the African premiere of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., a documentary about the life and times of the artist, at the Encounters Film Festival. Some of South Africa’s best musicians will be collaborating with M.I.A during her tour. Details: The Johannesburg leg of the tour takes place on June 8 at the Newtown Music Factory, 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown. Tickets cost R350 from quicket.co.za, or visit blackmajor.co.za for more information.