Call for entries: The Eco Kids Film Initiative 2015

The Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI) is a collaborative project dedicated to environmental education and awareness-raising through film as a medium.

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In October 2011, the EKFI screened many short films that were entered, and sourced locally and abroad over the course of five days for children in Cape Town ranging from 3 – 17 years in age. During these five days we played host to many top environmental NGOs working on a variety of issues to engage with the children on these issues that lie so close to our hearts.

In 2015, EKFI is affiliating with the South African Eco Film Festival and we are looking for submissions by media professionals, amateurs and children alike.

Films submitted should be between 2 minutes and 15 minutes in length. We accept documentaries and narratives that are either live-action or animated. The films should be made with children in mind; not necessarily be about children.

There should be a strong environmental theme, which could be about a particular environmental issue, for example pollution, recycling, organic farming, health and wellbeing, conservation, wildlife, about the beauty of nature, or about a community, organisation or individual that is making a difference.

The guiding philosophy for the selection process is ‘earth action’ and ‘earth inspiration’. In other words, films should be by-or-about people and actions that can inspire kids to take action in their own communities and schools.

Screenings will be followed by a dynamic group session lead by a trained facilitator to enhance and reinforce the learning process. The selected films will be a creative mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated.

Although we endeavour and prefer to promote the local film and media sectors we do source films from the international arena.

For more information, email ekfi.info@gmail.com for the entry form.

Closing date: 26 January 2015

 

The South African Eco Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO) committed to bringing documentaries with important social, environmental and political themes to South African audiences.

A film about us!

While You Were Sleeping’s very own Dougie D was recently interviewed by the good folks at News24 Live.

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Watch what he had to say about the work we do and the upcoming screenings of ‘Cowspiracy’ here!

‘Cowspiracy’ comes to SA

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, an internationally acclaimed documentary film about the devastating environmental impact of large-scale factory farming will be screened in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

JOHANNESBURG:

Date: Monday 17 November
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Fox Street
Buy tickets on the Bioscope website: www.thebioscope.co.za

CAPE TOWN:
Date: Monday 24 November
Time: 6.15pm
Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street
Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office: 021 424 5927

DURBAN:
Date: Monday 1 December
Time: to be announced
Venue: to be announced

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.

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Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

Watch the trailer:

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Theses screenings are presented by Meat Free Mondays and While You Were Sleeping.

Meat Free Mondays South Africa is a non-profit environmental campaign, trying to spread awareness about the shocking ecological effects of factory farming. In the past two years, the organisation has spoken to nearly 15 000 South Africans about how important diet is in terms of sustainability.

“When looking at sustainability, diet needs to be addressed first. Cowspiracy accurately unravels how important diet is in mitigating all of the leading causes of global depletion while showing what is stopping environmental organisations from being more vocal on the matter.” Brett Thompson, National Program Manager, Meat Free Mondays South Africa

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).

 

MORE INFO:

Cowspiracy:
www.cowspiracy.com

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon : bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za | 082 560 2296
Andreas Wilson-Späth: andreas_spath@yahoo.com | 084 474 99470

Meat Free Mondays South Africa:
www.supportmfm.co.za
Tel: 072 311 8338 | 031 940 7798

A Khoe Story: Part 2 – Returning The Remains

Join us for the second film in a trilogy of documentaries about South Africa’s oldest indigenous people, followed by an informal discussion with the film’s director, Weaam Williams.

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

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

A Khoe Story: Part 2 – Returning The Remains explores the clandestine genocide of South Africa’s indigenous people. Director Weaam Williams embarks on a personal journey that is one of initial optimism and awe of indigenous communities, leading her to the facts that reveal the genocide that was perpetrated on them.

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The film touches on issues of race-based science and social Darwinism, with the remains of indigenous people having been exported to Europe in aid of race-based pseudo-science, with special reference to the infamous case of Sarah Baartman.

Watch the trailer:

 

A Khoe Story: Part 1- Reclaiming The Mother Tongue

We’ll be screening the first film in a trilogy of documentaries about the Khoe-San made by Cape Town director Weaam Williams at the Labia next Thursday:

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

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

A Khoe Story: Part 1 – Reclaiming The Mother Tongue explores the history of Khoekhoegowab, the collective term used for South Africa’s indigenous languages, which are currently on the brink of extinction.

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The Khoe and San people are regarded as the most ancient human communities on earth and there language is one of the oldest on the planet. The film focuses on the impact of colonialism and Apartheid, as well as the subsequent institutionalisation of English and Afrikaans in South Africa, and the quest to eradicate the Khoe-San mother tongue.

By offering an overview of various colonial laws and the strategic acquisition of land by the Dutch and British, this insightful documentary sketches the forgotten story of how South Africa’s First People were left landless with their culture and language virtually annihilated.

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Through a special focus on present-day legislation and the current status of Khoekhoegowab as an unrecognised official language, the film explores the undercurrent of a movement in the Khoe-Khoen community to reclaim and re-learn the language after centuries of suppression.

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with the director, Weaam Williams.

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A Khoe-San Trilogy: Three Documentaries about South Africa’s indigenous people

A thought-provoking trilogy of documentary films about the legacy, oppression and resurgence of South Africa’s indigenous inhabitants, the Khoe and San people, will be screened on three successive Thursdays, starting on the 16th of October, at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town.

You are invited to join independent Cape Town filmmaker Weaam Williams as she embarks on a personal journey of discovery and inspiration that brings to light the suppressed history and culture of the country’s original ancestors.

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Each screening will be followed by an audience discussion with the director.

Tickets are R40 and can be reserved by calling the Labia box office at 021 424 5927.

DVDs of the films will be on sale at the venue: R200 each and R450 for the whole series.

A Khoe Story: Part 1

Reclaiming The Mother Tongue

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

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

This documentary explores the history of Khoekhoegowab, the collective term used for South Africa’s indigenous languages, which are currently on the brink of extinction.

The Khoe and San people are regarded as the most ancient human communities on earth and there language is one of the oldest on the planet. The film focuses on the impact of colonialism and Apartheid, as well as the subsequent institutionalisation of English and Afrikaans in South Africa, and the quest to eradicate the Khoe-San mother tongue.

By offering an overview of various colonial laws and the strategic acquisition of land by the Dutch and British, this insightful documentary sketches the forgotten story of how South Africa’s First People were left landless with their culture and language virtually annihilated.

Through a special focus on present-day legislation and the current status of Khoekhoegowab as an unrecognised official language, the film explores the undercurrent of a movement in the Khoe-Khoen community to reclaim and re-learn the language after centuries of suppression.

  A Khoe Story: Part 2

Returning The Remains

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

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

The second installment of the trilogy explores the clandestine genocide of South Africa’s indigenous people. Director Weaam Williams embarks on a personal journey that is one of initial optimism and awe of indigenous communities, leading her to the facts that reveal the genocide that was perpetrated on them.

The film touches on issues of race-based science and social Darwinism, with the remains of indigenous people having been exported to Europe in aid of race-based pseudo science, with special reference to the infamous case of Sarah Baartman.

 A Khoe Story: Part 3

Stories From The Caves

Date: Thursday 30 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

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

This film reviews the rich ritual and cultural customs of the Khoe and San people. It looks at rituals that are still being observed today, as well as ancient spiritual beliefs.

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Exploring rock art and sacred sites as doorways to age-old spiritual practices, nature consciousness is highlighted as the centre point of indigenous ideology and values. The film also offers a deeper examination of Khoe-San knowledge and ancestral rites of passage as inspiration and learning for present generations of South Africans.

These screenings are a joint project of the filmmaker, the Labia Theatre and While You Were Sleeping, 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).

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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 2014 Cape Town Recovery Film Festival

 

25 September – 2 October

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

 (Special Johannesburg Screenings: 3 – 5 October

The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg)

 

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Cape Town Recovery Film Festival, 2014 sees the addition of feature films and locally produced short films as well as critically acclaimed international documentaries. This year’s event will include Q&A sessions with film makers and facilitated audience discussions around addiction and recovery issues.

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The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival sets out to entertain as well as inform and educate, which is why we are delighted to add some live music, poetry readings and DJ’s to this year’s mix.

The Festival opening night (Thursday 25 September) will see the South African premiere of Russell Brand’s inspiring film From Addiction To Recovery. Brand is internationally recognised as a positive voice for addiction treatment and recovery, and this film aims to carry that positive message to as wide an audience as possible.

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Other Festival highlights include:

  • Bob and The Monster which charts the fall (to addiction) and the rise (in recovery) of rock musician Bob Forrest through interviews with rock ’n roll royalty Guns & Roses, Flea, Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis and more.
  • A special tribute screening of Owning Mahowny starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as a gambling addict.
  • Super Duper Alice Cooper, a highly acclaimed new film which documents the tortured and tumultuous relationship between Detroit performer Vincent Furnier and his alter-ego, Alice Cooper, an association that encompassed alcoholism, sobriety, success and failure, cocaine, crack, heartbreak… and finally resolution, acceptance and recovery!
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  • Addiction Incorporated, which reveals just how far the big tobacco companies have gone to push their wares on millions of addicted consumers.

The complete programme is available on the official Festival website.

Tickets for the Cape Town screenings can be reserved by calling the Labia box office (021 424 5927) or purchased online at Webtickets.co.za

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Tickets for the Johannesburg screenings are available from The Bioscope (011 039 7306).

 

Festival Sponsors: Ixande, The Living House, Life Matters, Start2Stop UK and The Mews House, The Harmony Group, Prospect Hill Recovery Practice, Start to Stop SA, Faces and Voices of Recovery Southern Africa, Recovery Books, SMART Recovery, Hope House, Tharagay House, Rustenburg Addiction Care, Seascape House, SHARP Recovery Centre, Mark Emmerich.

Friends of the Festival: Jurgens Smits, Dr Rodger Meyer, Dana Tadmor, Debbie Bub, Dr Duncan Laurenson& Practice.

The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, 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).