Returning for it’s 4th Annual Festival

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Visit: saecofilmfestival.com for this years programme and events!

The inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival took place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town, South Africa from Thursday the 27th of March to Monday the 31st of March 2014. In 2015, re-branded as the South African Eco Film Festival, the event extended its reach with screenings in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape. In 2016, the South African Eco Film Festival broke new ground with it’s first ever SA Directors Showcase as well as screenings in Simonstown and Muzinberg.

This years Festival theme is Change is Here. In light of this past tumultuous year – which is looking to take the record for the hottest global temperatures ever measured, political surprises across continents, an increasing awareness of the power of global corporations, all in the midst of burgeoning technological advances – we are building a diverse programme reflecting these dynamic times.

2017 will see some new events, exciting films, Q&A’s and our chance to help The Labia Theatre show off their “make-over”.

PLEASE NOTE – DATES ARE EXTENDED TO 23rd – 30th MARCH – MORE DETAILS COMING

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Whilst ECO Film Festival 2017 planning is underway in the WYWS garden shed, we are happy to share some news about the wonderful Wavescape Festival. Wavescape are celebrating their 13th year with a bumper line up and you can find it all here.

Since 2004, the Wavescape Festival presented by Pick n Pay has grown into one of Cape Town’s premier attractions, with thousands flocking to the flagship screening of surf films beneath the stars on Clifton 4th Beach, at the foot of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles.

This summer, between 21 November and 11 December, this beach culture and surfing celebration will carry the torch for ocean conservation and sustainable seafood awareness.

In the film festival part of the program, 26 ocean and surfing films will be screened at two other venues alongside Clifton. Also in the festival program are other events and fixtures that bring a unique mix of beach culture, scientific endeavour, and conservation activism.

 

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The South African Recovery Film Festival 2016

22 – 25 September

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

2016 is our 4th year and we are delighted to continue presenting documentary and feature films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues in association with our main sponsors, the South African College Of Applied Psychology, and our supporting sponsors – Prospect Hill, The Mindfulness Centre, TB/HIV Care Association, Life Matters Outpatient, The Foundation Clinic – Sharp, World Without Wine, Ixande, Recovery Outcomes and Start 2 Stop.

SARFF aims to educate and inform, to create debate and discussion – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from the debilitating problems of addiction. We also hope to entertain and provide a safe space for people from all parts of the Recovery community to come together.

We welcome friends in established recovery, those new to the choice, professionals, practitioners and policy makers, and of course people who enjoy film, to all our screenings. The Festival aims to challenge the stigma and shame that surround addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues. We believe that stigma often drives ignorance of the conditions and makes access to help difficult, providing no space to celebrate the solutions.

A thriving Recovery Movement in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia has encouraged the organisers to continue to grow the Festival this year and to welcome the involvement of “home grown” recovery initiatives, Recovery Ally Cape Town, Sober & Sexy and The Cape Town Recovery Walk and Second Chance as well as grass root community organisations such as 1 Million Strong.

We hope you enjoy our diverse offering of films relating to addiction, recovery and mental health issues and encourage you to join our after film talks and take part in the Audience Choice Award by rating the films you see on the slips provided, enjoy the Festival and thank you for your support.

In response to audience feedback this year we have devised symbols to caution which films include graphic drug use, euphoric scenes and strong language.

SARFF is pleased to be donating R5 of each ticket sold to the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.

 

 

The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

OPEN DESIGN CAPE TOWN 2016

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The 2016 Open Design Festival are screening films at The Labia Theatre under the umbrella title Open Design Movie Nights facilitated by WYWS.

Thursday 11th August 6.15pm

South African Crowdfunders Thundafund present the premiere of CAPITAL C – The Crowdfunding Movie, the film is a testament to the crowd funding concept, and the understanding it brings to how crowdfunding can work is crystal clear.

In 2010 Film makers Timon Birkhofer & Jørg M. Kundinger found themselves in the middle of a little known concept called crowdfunding, they ended up supporting dozens of campaigns including engineering of 3D printers, developing virtual reality glasses, farmers making organic popcorn, comic book creators and filmmakers of both Sundance- and Oscar-winning movies! Hundreds of new ideas were brought to life and that’s how they found inspiration to create their own crowdfunded film.

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Friday 12th August 6.15pm

Another chance to see the hit international documentary film TRUE COST, a story about clothing. This is a film about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the fashion industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Saturday 13th August 6.15pm

The Mask I Live In is the new film from the The Representation Project. The Project’s last film, Miss Representation received a great reception when screened by WYWS in 2012.

The documentary follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating the media, peer group and event parental definition of masculinity.

The Mask I Live In has earned great reviews on the Festival circuit world wide in the last 12 months and WYWS are excited to be presenting the South African premiere of this important film at Open Design Movie Nights.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL 2015

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The South African Recovery Film Festival 2015

24 – 27 September

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

Now in it’s 3rd year The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival is “re-branding” as The South African Recovery Film Festival (SARFF). As well as announcing our exciting partnership with SACAP (The South African College Of Applied Psychology) we also thank and welcome our supporting sponsors, The Prospect Hill Recovery Practice, Life Matters Outpatient, The Foundation Clinic in association with SHARP-Johannesburg and Ixande. This year we are also delighted about the involvement of the Step Up Project and Run 2016.

Focusing on documentary films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues, SARFF aims to educate, entertain and inform – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from these debilitating conditions.

The stigma that surrounds addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues often drives shame and ignorance of the conditions and not only makes access to help difficult, but provides no space to celebrate the solutions.

The effects of alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health issues effect all communities in South Africa increasing crime and violence, fueling neglect of families, negative impacts on work and study and much more. However, the positive impact of Recovery, fall in crime and violence, rebuilding families, ability to work – those in Recovery becoming active members of communities, role models and credible messengers of hope – needs to be celebrated.

A thriving Recovery Movement in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia has encouraged the organisers to continue to grow the Festival this year and to welcome the involvement of home grown recovery initiatives Recovery Ally Cape Town, Sober & Sexy and The Cape Town Recovery

SARFF hopes to stimulate a conversation about the realities of the problem, and to celebrate the positive effects of Recovery – of solutions – to challenge the stigma which is blocking the chances for so many.

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The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).

DEATH MATTERS: A THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOCAL FILM ABOUT DYING

You are invited to the Cape Town premiere of a new 30-minute documentary about dying in South Africa.

Date: Sunday 6 September 2015

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Price: R40 (includes a glass of wine)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion in which the film’s director, producer and initiator will participate.

Book tickets by calling the Labia Theatre: 021 424 5927

In ‘Death Matters’, a variety of citizens as well as professionals express their views about the options people living in South African metros have regarding their choices for their final farewell. While considering options like sky burials, cremations, donation to science and eco burials, the documentary also addresses major problems such as the environmental and financial burden of most traditional burials as well as the lack of space in public cemeteries.

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The purpose of the documentary is to showcase the three most essential issues related to burials in South Africa: the space issues in public cemeteries, the environmental concerns about most common burial practices, and the fact that most burials cause dire financial situations for people.
The documentary is part of a larger ‘Death Matters’ project that encourages discussion and much needed innovation (creating space for change) on this lively matter.

Fifty percent of the revenues from the documentary screening will be used to take the documentary to various neighbourhoods in Cape Town.

Please visit the official website for more information (and feel free to participate in the online survey).

BLOOD LIONS – A FILM ABOUT LION BREEDING AND CANNED HUNTING

You are invited to special screenings of the brand-new feature documentary ‘Blood Lions’:

Dates:  Thursday 20 August – SOLD OUT!

              Friday 21 August

              Saturday 22 August

Time:    6.15pm

Venue:  Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R120

Tickets can be bought at Webtickets here:

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All screenings will be followed by a Q&A session.

‘Blood Lions’ is a compelling documentary that uncovers the shocking realities behind the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

Proceeds earned by these fundraising screenings will go towards the campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

The film follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

It is a story that blows the lid off claims made by these operators in attempting to justify what they do. Last year alone over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa, mostly by wealthy international hunters under conditions that are anything but sporting.

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Ian has been following this story since 1999, and he goes onto the breeding farms to witness the impacts that decades of intensive breeding is having on the captive lions and other predators.

Aggressive farmers and most within the professional hunting community resent his questioning, but the highly profitable commercialization of lions is plain to see – cub petting, volunteer recruitment, lion walking, canned hunting, trading and the new lion bone trade are on the increase. And all are being justified under the guise of conservation, research and education.

In parallel we follow Rick, who purchases a lion online from his home in Hawaii. He then travels to South Africa to follow the path canned hunters do.

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‘Blood Lions’ speaks to trophy hunters, operators and breeders as well as recognized lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts.

The film shows in intimate detail how lucrative it is to breed lions, and how the authorities and most professional hunting and tourism bodies have become complicit in allowing the industries to flourish.

There is also hope in this story as it covers the very latest developments with the Australian government announcing a complete ban on the importation of all African lion trophies into Australia.

‘Blood Lions’ is a compelling call to action and shows how you can get involved in a global campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

The screenings are brought to you in partnership with the Conservation Action Trust, Remgro Limited, SPAR and Bowman Gilfillan

‘Blood Lions’ was directed by Bruce Young & Nick Chevallier and is presented by Regulus Vision and Wildlands.

Official film website: www.bloodlions.org