TWO RUSSELL BRAND FILMS IN CAPE TOWN!

On Saturday 23 May, While You Were SleepingLife Matters Outpatient Addictions Care and Cape Town Recovery we will be screening the ground-breaking documentary feature film  Russell Brand: From Addiction To Recovery, followed by its brand-new sequel, Russell Brand: End The Drugs War.

Proceeds from both screenings will go towards the Wion’s Kidney Transplant (WKT) Fundraiser!

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As an addict in Recovery Russell Brand has become a passionate advocate for abstinence-based Recovery and improved access to treatment, with addiction being seen as a health issue rather than a criminal one. These two films look at the stigmas surrounding the problem and offer solutions along with a large helping of irreverent humour and sharp insights.

Russell Brand: From Addiction To Recovery will screen at 4pm and will be followed by a WKT benefit auction.

Russell Brand: End The Drugs War will screen at 6.15pm and will be followed by a WKT Raffle Draw.

About the Wion’s Kidney Transplant (WKT) Fundraiser:

As a counsellor Wion has played a significant part in helping many of his clients get back onto their feet and have that second shot at living a healthy life.

For the last 7 years despite silently battling chronic kidney disease, Wion has continued to play an active role in Cape Town’s diverse Recovery Community.

Having been fortunate enough to be able to start dialysis in August 2014 and having identified a donor from Australia he is preparing for the transplant this year.

This fundraiser is to assist him with the ever-increasing financial implications of such a transplant, flights and postoperative medication.

Your contribution to this initiative will be greatly appreciated.

 

For more information on how you can contribute to WKT, contact:

Melissa Jane Rai: 083 638 6229

e-mail: meljrai@yahoo.com

For more information about Life Matters, contact:

Bev Lodge: 082 498 6887

e-mail bev@lifematters.co.za

ALIVE INSIDE – The miraculous effect of music on dementia and Alzheimer’s

While You Were Sleeping and Exploring Consciousness present the eye-opening and inspirational documentary feature film Alive Inside, which explores the astonishing impact music therapy can have on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Date: Sunday 10 May
Time: 6.15pm
Place:  Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Tickets:  R60 (includes a glass of wine/juice before the screening from 5.30pm)
Running time:  75 minutes

Buy tickets now on Webtickets:

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or reserve tickets by calling the Labia on 021 424 5927

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

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This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalised music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts, including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).Alive-Inside-Film-Poster-2014

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

**WINNER – Documentary Audience Award – 2014 Sundance Film Festival**

Official website: www.aliveinside.us

Please note that the Labia now has a back-up power supply for Cinema 1 where the film will be screening – the screening will take place regardless of any Telkom load shedding!

SPECIESISM: THE MOVIE

While You Were Sleeping and Vegilicious are delighted to present the debut Cape Town screening of Speciesism: The Movie.

Date: Sunday 19 April
Time: 4pm
Place: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town
Tickets: R40 – Call 021 424 5927

“TREMENDOUSLY ENTERTAINING” The Huffington Post

“BRILLIANT AND COMPELLING” Michael Shermer , Scientific American and    Skeptic

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food around the world are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms”, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside out of sight and mind of most consumers.

Speciesism: The Movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons”, and coming face-to-face with their owners.

Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals, political activists, scientists, philosophers and even farmers (!) are questioning  the assumption of human superiority that allows this practice – this assumption has become known as speciesism. As a result of the questions raised, these animal “factories” are increasingly becoming considered among the greatest evils in our human history.

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Speciesism: The Movie, brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

 

Cowspiracy Wins Eco Film Fest Audience Choice Award

Cowspiracy, the revealing documentary feature film about the impact of animal farming on climate change and the environment has won the Silver Tree Audience Choice Award at the 2015 South African Eco Film Festival.

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After every screening at the Festival, audience members were asked to give each of the films they had just watched a score between 1 (poor) and 5 (excellent). A total of 1224 votes were cast during the Festival.

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As the film that received the highest average score, Cowspiracy receives the 2015 Silver Tree Audience Choice Award. The award is named after the beautiful indigenous Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum), a member of the protea family that grows only on a few spots on the slopes of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula.

Cowspiracy achieved an excellent score of 4.83 out of a maximum of 5. Close runners up were Just Eat It (4.66), Black Ice (4.61) and the South African short films Abalimi (4.59) and The Artist (4.54).

IN THE LAND OF OU MAKAI – A BUSHMAN ODYSSEY

OneTime Films and While You Were Sleeping invite you to an exclusive preview screening of the feature documentary

IN THE LAND OF OU MAKAI – A BUSHMAN ODYSSEY

A film by Richard Wicksteed

One Bushman family’s journey from the abyss of genocide to a tentative freedom in the Kgalagadi wilderness.

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Venue: Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
Date: Monday 9 March 2015
Time: 6.15pm
Entrance: R40.00 /person

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

In the Land of Ou Makai chronicles the Kruiper Bushman family’s struggle to reclaim their ancestral land and spiritual essence after 120 years of German colonial genocide, apartheid dispossession, and post-apartheid social reorganization.

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In the Land of Ou Makai  is the first Bushman account of an astounding history of persecution and survival that has only been known from German colonial archives until now.

The film explores the Bushman heritage in the Kgalagadi wilderness through the narratives of Bushman traditional leader Dawid Kruiper, 76, his brother Buks, 72, a master tracker and traditional healer, and their families.

NOT TO BE MISSED!

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On location: Dawid Kruiper entrusted Director Richard Wicksteed with his ancestral story in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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Return to essence: Buks Kruiper gears for traditional hunting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

AN ECO FILM FESTIVAL ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS

This year, the South African Eco Film Festival includes an exciting new component especially for children: the Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI). This will be the first eco film festival dedicated to kids in South Africa and will run from the 26th of March until the 2nd of April at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

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EKFI offers a unique opportunity to parents and teachers, as well as eco and film clubs to introduce their kids to media on the big screen that is positively educational, entertaining and inspiring.

“The children will be invited to look at our planet’s natural heritage, rich biodiversity, and range of human cultural expression with a new sense of wonder, curiosity and respect,” explains Tarien Roux, the director of EKFI. “We are committed to facilitating the establishment of an educated film viewing culture that is devoted to media that reflects a sustainable culture-nature relationship infused with a respectful curiosity toward the conservation of our rich biodiversity and natural heritage.”

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, one of South Africa’s biggest community fundraising programmes, has come on board as the festival’s headline sponsor. “For the past 18 years MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has been working with schools and charities, helping to raise funds for education and social development. By partnering with the Eco Film Festival we aim to create additional platforms through which to encourage community engagement on crucial issues and also to inspire parents and children to become active citizens,” says Helène Brand, Marketing Manager for MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.

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The EKFI programme includes award-winning content from around the world that speaks positively to children from diverse backgrounds and cultures, featuring films made for – and in some cases even by – children. Each programme consists of a series of short films around a particular theme or issue, including, Be the Change, Green Heroes, Wild World, Eco Films by Kids and Natural Connections. Each programme varies in length from between 60 to 90 minutes, and will be followed by a short discussion with the audience.

This year’s festival also includes a call to all budding environmentalists, storytellers and filmmakers to make their own films for next year’s festival. Tarien will be available before and after screenings to chat to any eager kids to give tips and advice.

The 2015 South African Eco Film Festival runs from Thursday the 26th of March until Thursday the 2nd of April. Tickets cost R45. For each ticket sold, R5 will be donated to Greenpop, the Cape Town based tree-planting organisation. Block bookings (minimum 10 tickets) are available at R30 per ticket, directly at the Labia (021 424 5927).

 

 

FESTIVAL SHOWCASES THE LATEST ECO FILMS

The South African Eco Film Festival will bring the world’s best documentary films with environmental themes to South African audiences from the 26th of March to the 2nd of April.

“We’ve branched out,” says Andreas Wilson-Späth of While You Were Sleeping, the non profit organisation behind the event. “After last year’s enthusiastic reception of the Cape Town Eco Film Festival, we’ve gone nation-wide, sprouting offshoots in three additional venues around the country. Our mission remains the same: to raise awareness about the many pressing environmental issues the planet is facing through the amazing medium of documentary film. We’ve put together a world-class selection of films that both entertain and educate.”

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In an exciting development, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, one of South Africa’s biggest community fundraising programmes, has come on board as the festival’s headline sponsor.

“For the past 18 years MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has been working with schools and charities, helping to raise funds for education and social development. By partnering with the Eco Film Festival we aim to create additional platforms through which to encourage community engagement on crucial issues and also to inspire parents and children to become active citizens,” says Helène Brand, Marketing Manager for MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.

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How can parents get their kids away from electronic screens and into nature? What are the thousands of industrial chemicals we are constantly surrounded by doing to our bodies? Will sharks survive humanity’s seemingly insatiable hunger for shark fin soup? These are just some of the questions the films in this year’s festival line-up ask and try to answer.

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The programme includes more than 25 beautifully shot, thought-provoking short and feature-length documentaries – 12 of which have never been seen in South Africa before. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film, which will be decorated with the Silver Tree Audience Choice Award.

“We think that documentary films are an excellent way of learning about environmental issues, but unfortunately, they tend to be rather neglected on the mainstream cinema circuit,” notes While You Were Sleeping’s Dougie Dudgeon. “This year’s festival includes a number of South African productions and we want to share these magnificent and important films with as many people as possible and are proud to announce that this year’s festival will be hosted at four intimate and independent venues: The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg, the Asbos Teater in Pretoria, Khula Dhamma Retreat Centre & Ecological Farm near East London and, of course, the Labia Theatre in Cape Town which remains our home base.”

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For Cape Town and Eastern Cape audiences, the Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI) is an exciting new addition to the festival programme, featuring films made for – and in some cases even by – children.

“In order to nurture a social culture that is responsive to youth’s environmental concerns we need to ensure that children are aware of the relevant environmental issues and have a vehicle through which to voice their concerns in a creative and empowering manner. I believe this vehicle should be film”, explains EKFI director Tarien Roux.

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 Each EKFI screening is made up of a careful selection of short films which will be followed by a dynamic group discussion. This year the screenings will be aimed at children aged 3 to 6, 7 to 11 and 12 to 17. The selected films include a mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated.

The 2015 South African Eco Film Festival runs from Thursday the 26th of March until Thursday the 2nd of April. Tickets for the Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg screenings cost R45. For each ticket sold, R5 will be donated to Greenpop, the Cape Town based tree-planting organisation.

To peruse the complete festival programme, including summaries and trailers of the films on show, visit the official website at www.southafricanecofilmfestival.com.

 

The South African Eco Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing documentary films that both entertain and inform with important environmental, social and political messages to South African audiences.