Vancouver South African Film Festival 2019

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The Vancouver South African Film Festival (“VSAFF”), now in its 9th year, is proud to present features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa – films that inspire, inform, and entertain.

Vancouver South African Film Festival

Vancouver South African Film Festival

  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (2nd floor) at 149 W. Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: March 29-31, 2019
  • Tickets: Available online now.
  • Individual Tickets: $15 Regular Screenings / $12 Students.
  • Festival Passes: $135 Weekend Festival Pass including Friday evening gala party. $100 Weekend Festival Pass (All films, no gala party). $55 Gala Pass (Friday night opening film and fabulous gala party at Fluevog Shoes in Gastown)

2019 Film Festival Lineup

Whispering Truth to Power: Friday, March 29 at 7:00pm
Filmmaker and human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat tracks Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector (National Ombudsperson), as she builds her case against the country’s President, Jacob Zuma.  Despite allegations of spying, humiliation in parliament and death threats, Madonsela forces Zuma to return public money unlawfully spent on the construction of his private home.
Siyabonga: Saturday, March 30 at 11:30am
Like a South African version of Roma, Siyabonga guides us at a leisurely pace through the real life adventures of aspiring actor Siyabonga Majola. One day he hears the surprising news that a movie is to be made in a nearby town and makes it his mission to be a part of the film.  Based on real events re-enacted by those who lived through them, Siyabonga is at times funny, at times bittersweet, at times painful, but always thoughtful.


Becoming Visible: Saturday, March 30 at 1:30pm
From acclaimed Durban artist Janet Solomon, this fascinating fusion of documentary and video art tells of the impact on local marine life by seismic exploration off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Nommer 37: Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Nommer 37 is a taut thriller inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film-noir classic “Rear Window”.  Award-winning South African writer-director Nosipho Dumisa makes her feature debut and ratchets up the tension until it crackles.  
Frontiere: Saturday, March 30 at 4:00pm
Each year VSAFF presents one film from an African country that is not South African.  This year it’s Burkina Faso – a country with a well-developed and sophisticated film industry
n Man Soos My Pa (A Man Like My Father): Sunday, March 31 at 11:00am
The devastating news of a terminal illness brings a family together for the first time in many years. Dealing with imminent death, a father, mother and son must find the courage to forgive the terrible mistakes of the past. Set across three decades, ‘n Man Soos My Pa (A Man Like My Father) tells a story of broken family relationships, the struggles of forgiveness, and the emotional healing found in unconditional love.
Ellen: Sunday, March 31 at 1:30pm
Based on true events, Ellen describes the troubled relationship between a mother and her son Abie, whose problems with drugs are the centre of the story.  It’s a relationship that will eventually drive Ellen beyond the edge and lead to Abie’s murder.  
Sisters of the Wilderness: Sunday, March 31 at 4:15pm
Never been on a safari in South Africa?  Never felt the adrenaline rush of excitement and anxiety as you come face to face with a rhino?  Never tested yourself in a dramatically challenging environment? Here’s your chance to watch five young Zulu women on a life-changing experience in the iMfolozi wilderness, the oldest game park on the African continent.
Kanarie: Sunday, March 31 at 7:00pm
Set in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George.

Win Passes to the Vancouver South African Film Festival

I have two VSAFF festival passes to give away, here’s how you can enter to win:

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 22, 2019. Prize includes weekend festival passes, does not include opening night gala tickets. Follow the VSAFF on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

VSAFF is a non-profit event organized entirely by volunteers. All proceeds from the festival go to go to support Education without Borders to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk children through initiatives in South Africa and Canada.

UPDATE: The winner is Greg!

9 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. JasonMonday, March 18th, 2019 — 12:19pm PDT

    Closest I have been to South Africa.

  2. Renate BTuesday, March 19th, 2019 — 2:45pm PDT

    I would love this

  3. Stamatia DouvelosTuesday, March 19th, 2019 — 10:15pm PDT

    Would love to check out the Vancouver South African Film Festival!

  4. EileenThursday, March 21st, 2019 — 10:11pm PDT

    Sounds interesting!

  5. AlanFriday, March 22nd, 2019 — 6:57am PDT

    Would love to go

  6. BehzadFriday, March 22nd, 2019 — 9:07am PDT

    Would love to go

  7. John HFriday, March 22nd, 2019 — 11:39am PDT


  8. Karen MillerSaturday, March 23rd, 2019 — 12:31pm PDT

    I’d love to attend.

  9. GregSaturday, March 23rd, 2019 — 12:31pm PDT

    Yes, please.

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