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Durban International Film Festival

Wavescape & Durban International Film Festival 2017

Swell movie lineup at uShaka

Pack your baggies, load your board, grab a blanket and head down to uShaka for the surf movie extravaganza of a lifetime.

The Durban International Film Festival and Wavescape Surf Festival 2017, will take place for the first time at uShaka Marine World in Arena 5 (adjacent to Moyo). It features 29 short, medium or feature length movies that take you on a worldwide adventure, not only treating you to epic visuals but also telling amazing stories.

Viewing is FREE!

The programme will run as follows:

Date Venue Time Film
Fri, 14 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  6.00pm  Once Upon A Time
      Smoke That Thunders
Sat, 15 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  6.00pm The Rise of Us
      Red Bull Amaphiko Profiles
      Exploring Madagascar
Sun, 16 July uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5 6.00pm The Rise of Us
      Exploring Madagascar
      Once Upon A Time
      Red Bull Amaphiko Profiles
Mon, 17 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  7.30pm  Valley of a Thousand Hills 
      Given 
Tues, 18 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  7.30pm  The Accord 
      Freedom Riders 
      Women and the Waves 2 
Wed, 19 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  7.30pm  Within 
      Freezing 
      Adapt Your Mind 
      South to Sian 
Thurs, 20 July  uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  7.30pm  The Ghost Ship 
      Left in Lagos 
      Against the current 
      Deep Blue / Middle C 
 Fri, 21 July uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5  7.30pm  Bruce Gold: Last of the Great Surfing Hippies 
      Risky Business  
      Let's Be Frank 
Sat, 22 July uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5 6.00pm The Rise of Us
      Exploring Madagascar
Sun, 23 July uShaka Marine World – Village Walk – Arena 5 6.00pm Once Upon A Time
      Smoke That Thunders

So, chill out every beautiful Durban winter evening and enjoy:

Friday, 14th July

Once upon a Time (6pm) 

Showcases Falko One, famous all over the world among street art aficionados. The South African spray-can maestro has been adding colour to cities around the globe with his distinctive work for three decades now, inspiring new generations of artists everywhere he goes. But he hasn't forgotten where he came from. The movie features his work over the past six years, featuring his ambitious Once Upon A Town project, bringing his iconic paintings to streets, townships and hard-to-reach locations across his homeland, brightening up local communities and helping them see their surroundings in a new light.

Smoke that thunders (6pm) 

Staring down into the depths of the all mighty Zambezi River from atop the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, world class divers Orlando Duque and Jonathan Paredes prepare for the most challenging dive of their lives. Worth a watch to see what lies beneath.

Saturday, 15th July

The Rise of Us

Meet four South African trailblazers who are creating a better world for those around them and redefining what young, socially-minded entreprenurship is capable of achieving.

Amaphiko Profiles

After which Red Bull will showcase the Amaphiko profiles - on Samantha Ngcolombo, Thato Kgatlhanye, Wandisile Nqeketho and Mma’ Mary Raletooane.

Exploring Madagascar

Ending the evenings viewings will be Exploring Madagascar - Slade Prestwich, Grant Baker & Frank Solomon go off the map on the wild north-east coast. Madagascar is just a short hop from SA, so its wave riches are well known. The more accessible spots down south, anyway.The north is wild... Pathless jungles, croc-infested rivers and uncharted reefs.“This was the difference between a swell chase and pure discovery,” explains Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker. “This is as real as it gets... In the 21st century most people are doing swell chases and there are very limited pure discovery missions still on the go.

Sunday, 16th July

Don’t stress if you didn’t get to see Friday and Satuday night line ups, Red Bull will be repeating a selection of hot movie shorts – that of: 

The Rise of Us

Exploring Madagascar

Once Upon a Time 

Red Bull Amaphiko Profile – Wandisile Nqeketho

- the perfect way to end a Sunday movie night.

Monday, 17th July

Valley of a thousand hills

Hidden north of Durban, in the rural regions of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a secret spot for young shredders grows in stature and popularity. The Indigo Skate Camp empowers Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding and the opportunities it brings.

Given

The outcome of five years of painstaking work, Given is narrated by a six year old kid called … er … Given, the son of legendary longboard and stylish surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin, as they all journey from their island home of Kauai through 15 countries to fulfill an ancient calling. Set in stunning earthscapes, Given is a tender exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his family and their reverence for nature.

Tuesday, 18 July

The Accord 

Growing up as a surfer in Iceland depends on an often volatile relationship with the mythical North Wind (played by a very funny drunk actor). The surfer is played by an ever-hopeful funny youngster with an unpronounceable name (Heiðar Logi Elíasson). See.. Told you! Our surfer makes a deal, the Accord. Here, there are no surf shops, guidebooks or webcams. Out here, we are snowed immaculate.

Freedom Riders

How do you free troubled kids from the violence and poverty of South Africa’s broken townships? For starters, you teach them how to surf. Award-winning Aussie television journalist Sally Sara comes to Cape Town to report on the idea that’s inspiring youngsters to unleash their best. The skills and research structures so rigorously formed after years of hard work by our friends at Waves for Change begin to yield meaningful dividends.

Women and the Waves 2

Hudson follows on from the first Women and Waves film with another crafted look at the state of surfing today from a feminine perspective. She documents the story of six women who celebrate life in life-affirming ways, with none of that “I can’t do it” crap. This one is for the sister sliders of the surfing soul.

Wednesday, 19 July

Within

In the 70s mould of George Greenough’s hand-made water housings for innovative POV barrel riding, this young Aussie director crowd-funded this super HD slo-mo tube fest that will take you right into the ocean and not let you out until you flop back into your chair after 8 minutes of willingly suspending your disbelief in a salty immersive blast of visual overflow.

Freezing

Come on another journey to the icy fringes of another freezing wave. Only this time, it’s a bit different. Sure, friendship is tested and the expanding frontiers push fortitude to its very limits, but enjoy the much anticipated debut from the crew behind ‘The Shaper’ and ‘#vanlife’, whose fingers are once again on the throbbing pulse of the surfing zeitgeist. Urk. Ack! Splutter! Don’t squeeze so tight.

Adapt your mind

Again, we see the power of surfing as a tool for social transformation. What better place to apply the healing powers of the ocean than Brazil? In the sea, we are all equal, and in this equality lies the connection between body, mind, self-knowledge and our relationship with the natural world.

South to Sian

In this Dues Ex Machina film, two mates pack their hipster quiver of boards, two bikes and a $50 tent into or on a 70s Land Rover. Spraying black volcanic sand from their boneys or crystalline ocean drops from their boards, they connect with friends as they venture from southern Bali to Sumatra’s Lagundri Bay to find out if the pioneering spirit of surf adventure remains alive. You decide.

Thursday, 20th July

The Ghost Ship

Like Aphrodite, Cape Town lady slider Bernie Shelly is of the sea. She built herself a ghost ship, then sent it out before herself, into a dark and angry ocean of pain and hopelessness. This is a film about a 70-year-old surfer’s journey back from the mists of nothingness.

Left in Lagos

Surfing in Nigeria? Uh? Oil business? Definitely. Military? Absolutely. Black market smokkel? For sure. Waves? Well, there are a few thousand miles of empty West African coast beyond the sprawl of Lagos, right? Not this time. Join William Aliotti and Luke Davis as they find spitting wedges and a homegrown surf scene that defies the stereotype of Africa’s fastest growing city.

Against the Current

Meet Zulu surfer Samukelisiwe Cele. As the only black female surfer in South Africa, she wants to be world champion, but must first grapples with her circumstances, family pressures and the need to be a typical teenager. Her story illuminates the difficulties of being one of a kind in a competitive and sometimes alienating sporting world.

Deep Blue / Middle C

A genre bending film that celebrates the West Coast and our natural place in the world. For 10 days and 10 nights a merry band of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers make a studio on the beach and they made this surreal, poetic eulogy to this unique part of South Africa. They ate their fill from the wilderness while living themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, and identity.

Friday, 21st July

Bruce Gold

Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffrey’s Bay without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their entire lives to riding waves, and haven’t gone completely bonkers. Well, maybe a bit. This little flick has won awards. Chaa Brah!

Risky Business

Travelling about the world tackling the most terrifying spots known to humankind? It’s a risky business I tell you. Our very own Bromdog (Matt Bromley) hooks up with mates around the world to chase very big waves: from the cold waters of Cape Town, Ireland, Iceland and Mavericks, to the tropics in Hawaii and Indonesia. Ends with gigantic Jaws – part of perhaps the best big wave paddle season in history.

Let’s be frank

Who is this dude Frank Solomon? Is he a big wave charger from Cape Town, or someone – something – more? No one knows the real Frank. Nooit, you might not even know the fake Frank. The weirdness of Peter Hamblin’s filmmaking morphs into this mystery and movie magic is made. It’s a global smash hit. Frank met Peter in a bar. The rest is his story. See what we did there?

Saturday, 22nd July

Red Bull is back featuring ever popular shorts from 6pm, that of:

The Rise of Us

Meet four South African trailblazers who are creating a better world for those around them and redefining what young, socially-minded entreprenurship is capable of achieving. After which Red Bull will showcase profile features on Samantha Ngcolombo, Thato Kgatlhanye, Wandisile Nqeketho and Mma’ Mary Raletooane.

Exploring Madagascar

Ending the evenings viewings will be Exploring Madagascar - Slade Prestwich, Grant Baker & Frank Solomon go off the map on the wild north-east coast. Madagascar is just a short hop from SA, so its wave riches are well known. The more accessible spots down south, anyway.The north is wild... Pathless jungles, croc-infested rivers and uncharted reefs.“This was the difference between a swell chase and pure discovery,” explains Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker. “This is as real as it gets... In the 21st century most people are doing swell chases and there are very limited pure discovery missions still on the go.

Sunday, 23rd July

Once upon a Time

Kicks off the evenings outdoor cinema viewing - showcases Falko One, famous all over the world among street art aficionados. The South African spray-can maestro has been adding colour to cities around the globe with his distinctive work for three decades now, inspiring new generations of artists everywhere he goes. But he hasn't forgotten where he came from. The movie features his work over the past six years, featuring his ambitious Once Upon A Town project, bringing his iconic paintings to streets, townships and hard-to-reach locations across his homeland, brightening up local communities and helping them see their surroundings in a new light.

Smoke that thunders

The Wavescape Surf Festival as part of the Durban International Film Festival 2017 will come to an end with a repeat of Red Bull film, Smoke that thunders. This film brings serious adrenaline to the screen. Staring down into the depths of the all mighty Zambezi River from atop the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, world class divers Orlando Duque and Jonathan Paredes prepare for the most challenging dive of their lives.

VIEW WAVESCAPE PROGRAMME HERE.

VIEW DIFF OUTREACH PROGRAMME HERE.

Remember, entry is free – just bring your mates and some bring your blankets/ camp chairs. Food and beverages will be available from Village Walk. For more, information contact Ashton on 031-3288000.