Fantastic films at Open Book 2014

Open Book, Cape Town’s favourite literary festival includes an exciting film programme this year.

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Hosted at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street from Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 21st September, the line-up includes fascinating feature-length documentaries that will resonate with anyone with literary inclinations.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, Out of Print asks tough questions about the future of the printed book in an increasingly digital world. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with well-known local technopreneur Arthur Attwell.

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Diaries of a Dissident Poet, a new film by Cape Town director Shelley Barry, provides an intimate look at the life and times of legendary South African struggle poet James Matthews. The irrepressible Mr. Matthews will participate in a Q&A session following the film.

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James Matthews

Australian author, journalist and Open Book guest Antony Loewenstein will present a sneak preview of his forthcoming documentary Disaster Capitalism before a special screening of Four Horsemen, a no-holds-barred exposé of 21st century politics and economics.

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For decades, celebrated American author Gore Vidal was one of the world’s most outspoken political and cultural critics, not least when it came to questions about the country of his birth. Gore Vidal – The United States of Amnesia is a beautifully crafted biopic that pays tribute to this most public of intellectuals and his extraordinary life.

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Gore Vidal

Consult the full programme for more details, including screening times, trailers and film synopses.

Dates: Thursday 18 September to Sunday 21 September 2014

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

To reserve tickets now, call the Labia box office at 021 424 5927

To buy tickets online now, visit Webtickets.co.za

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For further information, contact Dougie Dudgeon (082 560 2296 | bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za) or Andreas Wilson-Späth (084 749 9470 | andreas_spath@yahoo.com).

The film programme of Open Book Cape Town 2014 is a joint project of While You Were Sleeping and Open Book. While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive documentary films with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

Remember Marikana: 2nd anniversary screening of ‘Miners Shot Down’

On the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre, we invite you to a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Miners Shot Down.

 

Date: Saturday 16 August 2014

Time: 6.15 pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket prices: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.

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Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

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What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

What actually happened at Marikana on that fateful winter’s day two years ago? What were the circumstances leading up to the shootings? And who is to blame?

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This feature documentary from South African filmmaker Rehad Desai captures the shocking events, providing much needed background and analysis.

One of the most important South African films of recent years. Don’t miss it!

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with veteran labour journalist, author and commentator Terry Bell.

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This event is presented by the Labia, Uhuru Productions, the Tri Continental Film Festival and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

Contacts:

The Labia:
021 424 5927
Web: www.thelabia.co.za

More about the film:
Web: www.minersshotdown.co.za
Twitter: twitter.com/MinersShotDown

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 | bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 | Andreas_Spath@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Watch 30 years of Brazilian video art

For the first time in South Africa, the Associação Cultural Videobrasil, one of the most important exhibitors and archivers of artistic production in the global south, presents elements from their extensive video collection. The selected works from the archive recount the 30-year-history of the Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil with highlights of Brasilian video art from three tumultuous decades in the nation’s history.

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Wednesday 13th August | 6:15 pm
The 80’s Experimental Practices (71 min)

Thursday 14th August | 6:15 pm
The 90’s: Into the Art – Video Production Between Cinema and Visual Arts (77 min)

Friday 15th August | 6:15 pm
21st Century: The Consolidation of an Artistic Language (73 min)

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket price: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

This curatorial project seeks to revisit the audiovisual works from the Videobrasil collection in order to establish a connection between the contemporary art scene and the history of the institution in its 30 years. The program has three parts showing the main phases that make up the history of Videobrasil.

The first one, from 1983 to 1989, is branded by the construction, diffusion and
establishment of the electronic medium in Brazil, a period in which Brazil was
leaving behind two decades of military dictatorship.

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The second phase, 1990 to 1998, is influenced by the international consolidation and legitimisation of electronic art. At that moment, the festival becomes biennial and it is consolidated as an exchange platform for artists, theorist and curators.

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From 2001 onwards, the festival enters its most recent phase. At this moment it upholds its international projection, concentrates its curatorial focus in the world’s geopolitical south, opening to the most varied artistic languages and supports.

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Download the full programme here (pdf): VideoBrasil programme

This event is presented by the Labia, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape  Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

Contacts:

The Labia:
021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 | bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 | Andreas_Spath@yahoo.com

Let’s help the Labia go digital!

The Labia Theater in Orange Street has been our home for almost ten years. Without it While You Were Sleeping wouldn’t have been able to bring you any of the gripping documentaries that we’ve been privileged to screen there.

Now, the Labia faces one of the most difficult challenges of its 65 year history and needs our help!

The global cinema industry is going digital. All major film distributors have started to make their films available only on digital hard drives (instead of 35mm cellulite reels) that require special movie projectors for screening.

These digital projectors are extremely expensive – a new one costs about half a million rand – but without investing in this new technology, the Labia will no longer be able to bring the world’s latest and greatest movies to its screens.

The options for the Labia are stark but simple: go digital or go dark!

Enter Thundafund, South Africa’s most successful online crowdfunding platform.

For 45 days, starting from Thursday the 24th of July, everyone who loves the Labia can do their bit towards helping her go digital – without sacrificing its atmosphere and charisma, of course.

 

Visit www.thundafund.com/thelabia and make your contribution

 

This is not charity! Each contributor gets to chose from a selection of rewards (from free movie tickets to the right to name one of the theatre screens) in return for their pledge, while helping to save Cape Town from a Labia-free future.

The money raised by the campaign will not only be used towards the necessary digital projectors and paying for the renovations required to ensure that they fit, but also to refurbish and revitalise the Labia for a totally improved audience experience.

By clubbing together and combining our contributions, we have the opportunity to raise the funds necessary to keep the doors of South Africa’s oldest art-repertoire movie house and Cape Town’s last remaining independent cinema open.

Award-winning animal rights documentary ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ screens in Cape Town

You are invited to two exclusive special screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ at The Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town.

 

Date: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August

Time: 6.15pm

Location: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket price: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

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Buy tickets at Webtickets now!

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 ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ is a multi-award winning consciousness-raising documentary that gently reveals one of the most evocative moral dilemmas of our times.

 

 

While the provocative film ‘Blackfish’ made waves for exposing the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity, ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ illuminates the plight of many other animals rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world, from captive foxes to rescued dairy cows.

“Haunting beauty… Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population — what they owe us, what we owe them.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs this visually arresting documentary through the heart and lens of photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur.

The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the USA and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: food, fashion, entertainment and biomedical research.

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‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion:

The screening on Saturday 2 August will be followed by a an audience discussion with Louise van der Merwe, the multi-award winning editor of Animal Voice, Managing Trustee of The Humane Education Trust and South African representative for the international NGO Compassion in World Farming. She has worked to raise awareness of the plight of animals, especially farmed animals, since 1989. In July 2013, Louise launched Humane Education workshops for teachers and learners on Constitution Hill as part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations and these workshops are on-going. All 25 Humane Education resources developed by The Humane Education Trust have been approved by the Department of Basic Education and are used in schools around South Africa.

The screening on Sunday 3 August will be followed by a an audience discussion with Toni Brockhoven, the media and public liaison person for Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) who has been actively fighting animal exploitation for a number of years, through various means. A vegan of over 9 years, Toni started No Foie Gras SA which has seen a number of successes and is now an affiliate of BWC. She authored the BWC cookbook, Living Without Cruelty, which is in its second edition and is currently working on a second cookbook, due out later this year. Beauty Without Cruelty, established in 1975,  is an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform people about the suffering of animals and has initiated a number of campaigns, which focus on exposing animal abuse, specifically in the areas of vivisection in South Africa, cosmetic testing, animal trading, the exploitation of wildlife and in factory farming. Methods used to draw the public’s attention to these issues  include outreach, school presentations, the media, and also includes legal intervention, protests, lobbying central, regional and local government and other peaceful means.

 

Tickets can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927 or bought on Webtickets. We strongly recommended that you reserve tickets to avoid disappointment.

 

This event is presented by the Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

Contacts:

The Labia:
021 424 5927

More about the film:
Web: www.theghostsinourmachine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGhostsInOurMachine
Twitter: twitter.com/GhostsMovie

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 | bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 | Andreas_Spath@yahoo.com

Blackfish comes to Jozi

After a successful South African premiere at the 2014 Cape Town Eco Film Festival, Blackfish, the shocking feature documentary about killer whales in captivity, opens at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg this Friday:

A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

Exclusive to The Bioscope in Johannesburg, and presented through a new partnership with The Cape Town Eco Film Festival.

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OPENING NIGHT 16 MAY 8pm

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Paying it forward in trees!

For each ticket sold at the 2014 Cape Town Eco Film Festival, R5 was contributed to our partners Greenpop, an organisation based in Cape Town that plants trees in South Africa and Zambia.

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In addition, 21 “Tree Ticktes” were sold on Webtickets.co.za, each of which contributed R120 to Greenpop – the amount required by the organization to plant one tree.

In total, we’re donating R8245 to Greenpop.

That’s equivalent to 68 planted trees!