Special Jozi Film Screening: Global Divestment Day in Africa

Fossil fuels are history and renewables are the future. Such a simple statement, but such a pertinent one as we come out of 2014, the hottest year on record.

350.org is taking action across the world this February to make fossil fuels history. Global Divestment Day in Africa, organised by 350Africa.org, will kick off in Johannesburg on Friday the 13th at 7pm with an exclusive film screening of Thin Ice, a fantastic feature-length documentary that was one of the hits of the 2014 Cape Town Eco Film Festival, at The Bioscope Cinema, followed by a performance by the band Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) at Curiocity Backpackers in Maboneng.

Bioscope doors open: 6:30pm

Film starts: 7pm

Band plays at Curiocity Backpackers: 9:30pm

Get all the details here.

Tickets are free, but space is limited, so make sure you sign up here to secure yours.

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More about Thin Ice:

In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what is really going on. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate, and provides a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause. Thin Ice reveals the human face of climate science and offers the inside story on the worldwide debate: a film about climate science made by a scientist.

Watch the trailer here.

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Sense Africa: Celebrating the Films of The Foster Brothers

 

Opening Night: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch, Cape Town          Sunday 15 February 2015 | 6.30pm

Film Retrospective: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town   16 – 22 February 2015

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

Sense Africa offers an exciting overview of the past and ongoing work of two of South Africa’s leading documentary filmmakers, The Foster Brothers.

For two decades Craig and Damon Foster have been producing films that examine the relationship between humanity and nature, focusing particularly on the understanding of Africa’s indigenous heritage. Diviners, healers and hunters openly share their wisdom with the brothers, creating unique film experiences that give audiences an intense insight into the natural and cultural tapestries of the continent.

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The opening night Sense Africa presentation on Sunday 15 February at the Baxter Theatre will be a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening with the Foster Brothers, featuring keynote speaker Anna Breytenbach, the animal communicator, followed by a panel discussion with Anna, (sorry, Spirit only in spirit!), Swati, Craig and Damon Foster and guests focusing on the inter-species communications central to so much of The Brothers’ work.

The Sense Africa film retrospective at the Labia Theatre includes screenings of all of The Foster Brothers’ feature-length documentary films, which have garnered 50 international awards between them, and will take place from the 16th to the 22nd of February

Most screenings will be followed by a Q&A and facilitated audience discussion involving the filmmakers, experts and members of their project teams. The programme includes favourites such as The Great Dance and Cosmic Africa along with films that have never been screened in Cape Town before, like Iceman and Sharkman.

Programme:

 

Sunday 15 Feb |  6.30pm

Baxter Theatre Opening Night:

An evening with The Foster Brothers and Guests

Enjoy flashes of insight and film all flowing with Craig and Damon Foster and special guest Anna Breytenbach. MC Swati Thiyagarajan one of India’s top environmental journalists.

Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine from 5.30pm

Tickets: R140

Tickets are also available at the door.

In case of power outage – do not worry, the Baxter has generators.

 

Monday 16th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

The Animal Communicator (2012 | 52 min)

Q&A with Anna Breytenbach and Swati Thiyagarajan

What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts and then receives feedback of remarkable clarity that she can decode. But how can this be proved? Swati Thiyagarajan, India’s top environmental journalist, sets out to investigate. The film culminates where Anna shifts a black leopard’s behavior through her communication. The leopard transforms from a deadly angry beast into a relaxed and content big cat – and even chooses to change his name from Diabolo to Spirit.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

The Animal Communicator will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Tuesday 17 February at 11.45am.

 

Tuesday 17th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

My Hunters Heart (2011 | 79 min)

Q&A with Craig Foster

The ancient shamanic culture of the Khomani San of the Kalahari is severely threatened as their traditional way of life has been taken away from them – and alcohol as been introduced. “The rain, the wind, the insects – these are the eyes of time.”  We follow younger members of the clan, /Urugab Kruiper and his family, as they embark on an epic journey to recapture some of the knowledge and skills of their ancestors. Beautifully narrated by Sello Maake Ka Ncube.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

My Hunter’s Heart will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Wednesday 18 February at 11.45am.

 

Wednesday 18th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

Cosmic Africa (2002 | 72 min)

Q&A with Carina Rubin-Frankal and Ann Rogers

As a child, when Thebe Medupe built his first telescope in a remote African village, his world changed forever. Today, as an astrophysicist, he journeys into an unknown Africa – the ancestral land of the hunter-gatherers, the Ju/’hoansi in Namibia, the ancient villages of the Dogon in Mali and the expanses of the Sahara – to uncover the secrets of African sky lore where spiritual and practical knowledge intertwine in the deep connection humans have with the cosmos.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

Cosmic Africa will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Thursday 19 February at 11.45am.

 

Thursday 19th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

Iceman (2009 | 52 min)

Cape Town Premiere!

Q&A with Sophie Vartan

Lewis Gordon Pugh, known as the human polar bear, miraculously swims in the coldest water on earth. His record-breaking swims in both the Arctic and Antarctic at temperatures below zero in only speedo and goggles, is keenly monitored by his friend Tim Noakes. How does he do it? And Why? This is a visual experience of these swims . . . and an amazing quest to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

 

Friday 20th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

The Great Dance (2000 | 75 min)

Q&A with Damon Foster

Filmed through the eyes of !Nquate, a hunter, this film features the last of the great Kalahari Bushmen hunters and their extraordinary relationship with the land and animals. It shows man and animal at their extreme limits of endurance through the “chasing hunt”, a ritual never before revealed to the world outside the Kalahari. “Tracking is like dancing . . . you are talking with god.”

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

The Great Dance will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Monday 16 February at 11.45am.

 

Saturday 21st February | 2pm | The Labia Theatre

Sharkman (2006 | 86 min)

Cape Town Premiere!

Brutal, unpredictable, deadly, playful, intelligent. This is how Michael Rutzen from Gansbaai describes the species he loves: sharks. He has been swimming with them outside a cage since 1998. This is his journey to discover the art of shark hypnosis, driven by his passion to change public opinion about sharks before they reach extinction.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

 

Saturday 21st February | 4pm | The Labia Theatre

A Dragon Double Bill:

Into The Dragon’s Lair (2010 | 52 min)

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Touching the Dragon (2012 | 52 min)

Introduced by Chris Mason (NHU Africa)

Screening followed by Q&A

In Into the Dragon’s Lair, Didier Noirot, a diver with Jacques Cousteau on over 5000 dives, along with photographer Roger Horrocks, encounter a giant crocodile in the clear waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It becomes their obsession to explore the mystery of the dragon’s lair. They encounter terrifying black-outs, deadly hippos and crocodiles who attempt to eat them. Then – they discover, deep in the darkest lair, a 14-foot croc that accepts their presence. A magical encounter: “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.”

Touching the Dragon chronicles an astonishing relationship between the earth’s most ancient predator and a unique man. A Costa Rican crocodile shaman, Chito loves his lifelong friend a giant crocodile named Pocho. Discover how he communicates with this monstrous creature, riding its back and diving underwater. The world’s first intimate crocodile human relationship. “I can get another wife but I cannot get another Pocho.”

Tickets: R40

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

 

Saturday 21st February |6.30 pm | The Labia Theatre

Nature of Life (2009 | 52 min)

Introduced by Gunter Pauli

Screening followed by Q&A

Nature of Life presents the promise of a sustainable future with relevant technologies that will enhance life on our planet. A group of extraordinary people are challenging current models of sustainability, looking instead to the secrets of the natural world, including professors Mark Swilling, Bruce Hewitson and Gunter Pauli, the San chief Segglae Kzao and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

 

Sunday 22nd February | 2pm | The Labia Theatre

Antarctica (2008 | 52 min)

Q&A with Damon Foster

A visual adventure into this mysterious continent known as the White Desert. You encounter South African scientists and explorers who brave the inhospitable environment to investigate the greatest living laboratory for earth’s survival.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

 

Sunday 22nd February | 4pm | The Labia Theatre

Africa Unbottled (2001 | 54 min)

Q&A with Nicholas Ellenbogen

Nicholas Ellenbogen, playwright and conservationist, journeys through nine African countries to find out what’s really happening with wildlife and local people. He uncovers the myth of wild Africa and takes Africa’s message to the world in the most ingenious way.

Tickets: R40

Buy tickets at Computicket now!

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

 

Sunday 22nd February | 6.30pm | The Labia Theatre

Sea-Change: A New Work In Progress (90 min)

Multi-media presentation and Q&A with Craig and Damon Foster

The Sense Africa programme concludes with a fascinating multi-media presentation by Craig and Damon Foster, introducing their latest (ad)venture: The Sea-Change Project. The presentation will offer a first opportunity to see some of the inspiring footage and images filmed in False Bay – a newly declared Hope Spot – which will form the basis of a new film and introduce The Sea-Change Foundation.

The brothers will be joined by fellow producers Ross Frylink and Carina Frankal, and by young naturalist Epiphany Stransom-Ford to speak about making world class films and multi-media exhibitions.

Tickets: R80 – includes a complimentary glass of wine from 5.30pm.

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

 

Sense Africa is a collaborative project of Exploring Consciousness, While You Were Sleeping and The Labia Theatre.

 

Contacts:

While You Were Sleeping:

Dougie Dudgeon: 082 560 2296

Andreas Wilson-Späth: 084 749 9470

e-mail:bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za

 

Exploring Consciousness:

Erika: 021 786 5261 / 084 604 9931

e-mail: exploring@icon.co.za

www.exploringconsciousness.org.za

 

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Back by popular demand: Cowspiracy

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Sense Africa: Celebrating the Films of The Foster Brothers

15 – 22 February 2015

The Baxter Theatre & The Labia Theatre, Cape Town

A giant black leopard whose entire personality was changed when he communicated with the amazing animal-whisperer Anna Breytenbach in The Foster Brothers latest film The Animal Communicator brought the brothers’ work to the hearts and minds, of a whole new audience around the world.

SENSE AFRICA is an overview of the past and ongoing work of two of South Africa’s leading documentary filmmakers, The Foster Brothers.

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For two decades Craig and Damon Foster have been producing films that examine the relationship between humanity and nature, focusing particularly on the understanding of Africa’s indigenous heritage. Diviners, healers and hunters openly share their wisdom with the brothers, creating unique film experiences that give audiences an intense insight into the natural and cultural tapestries of the continent.

The opening night SENSE AFRICA presentation on Sunday 15 February at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town will be a unique opportunity to enjoy An Evening with The Foster Brothers, featuring key note speaker Anna Breytenbach, the animal communicator, followed by a panel discussion with Anna, Craig, Damon and Swati Foster and their guests, focusing on the interspecies communications central to so much of the brothers work.

SENSE AFRICA continues on Monday 16 February with a special screening of The Animal Communicator at The Labia Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Anna Breytenbach.

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SENSE AFRICA will include screenings of all of The Foster Brothers’ feature-length documentary films, which have garnered 50 international awards between them. Most screenings will be followed by a Q&A and facilitated audience discussion involving the filmmakers, experts and members of their project teams.

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Films include favourites such as The Great Dance and Cosmic Africa along with documentaries never screened in Cape Town, like Iceman (about Lewis Pugh) and Sharkman.

The SENSE AFRICA programme will conclude on Sunday 22 February with a fascinating multi-media presentation by Craig and Damon Foster, introducing their latest venture: The Sea-Change Project. The presentations offer a first opportunity to see some of the inspiring footage and images filmed in False Bay  – a newly declared Hope Spot – which will form the basis of a new film and introduce The Sea-Change Foundation.

The full SENSE AFRICA program includes 11 films with guest speakers and facilitated Q&As and will screen at The Labia Theatre throughout the week of 16  to 22 February. Please check  The Labia program, www.whileyouweresleeping-sa.com or www.exploringconsciousness.org.za for screening times closer to the time.

SENSE AFRICA is a collaborative project of Exploring Consciousness, While You Were Sleeping and The Labia Theatre.

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