INSIGHTS FROM DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DIFF)
WFOZ delegates to DIFF bring home tips from one of Africa’s premier film festivals
Hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) presented its 36th edition from 16 to 26 July. Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe members Nyradazo Charama and Stella January attended courtesy of the EU-ACP Cultures + programme in order to observe how this international festival was run. DIFF is a ten day celebration of world class cinema which screens new feature, documentary and short films from around the globe with a special focus on African film.
Programming at DIFF 2016 included a significant of locally produced South African films, including Ayanda, the opening film. In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, Ayanda tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where everything keeps shifting. Ayanda is a coming of age story of a twenty one year old Afro hipster, who embarks on a journey of self discovery trying to keep the memory of her mechanic father alive, when she's thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars in need of a young woman's re inventive touch who tries to reclaim what would've been, what could have been. According to Charama „”The Opening Film “Ayanda” was good and showcased just how well South Africans tell their stories.“
Of interest was the festival policy of having free public venues and paying venues amongst the fourteen festival venues. The numbers were in favour of free public venues (8) with six paying venues. A good balance is achieved between films from the continent and from other parts of the world.