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KAFF 2006 (article first published : 2006-12-2)

Through Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre (EMAC), the first Kwa Mashu Community Advancement Projects (K-CAP) successfully launched the Kwa Mashu African Film Festival (KAFF) In December 2004.

The KAFF is a community based film festival focusing on screening African films and documentaries from various parts of the world, particularly Africa.

The third KAFF promises to be bigger and better. The programme features activities such as screenings of South African films, documentaries, and film development workshops for communities in and around the Kwa Mashu area.

KAFF has invited local filmmakers to run scheduled workshops. These include Daniel Dercksen, Cliff Bestall, Madoda Ncayiyana, Omelga Mthiyane, Joel Phiri (DV8) and Nilesh Singh (Videovision). The workshops provide opportunities for emerging young filmmakers to gain skills in filmmaking and encourage interaction between well-established filmmakers and aspirant filmmakers.

Part of KAFF’s mission is to empower local people – especially young and aspirant filmmakers who will have the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers who are invited to introduce their films but are also involved in Q&A’s with the audience. They also conduct workshops to ensure a transfer of skills in the community. Such is the uniqueness of the festival: it is staged in the community, with the community, for the community and by the community.

“The populace of Kwa Mashu and surrounding areas will once again enjoy a cinematic feat of local films to be presented by KAFF,” says Edmund Mhlongo of KCAP. “We see the festival as a catalyst in presenting true images of South Africa to an audience that would not have had the opportunity to view these films in commercial cinemas. We hope that the festival will in future become an event that will further raise awareness on South African film to a broader audience in the province.”

KAFF’s opening night will feature the screening of the DV8 latest movie; The Bunny Chow and some of the leading cast of the film are expected to attend as well as internationally acclaimed KZN maskandi musician, Phuzekhemisi.

Local films to be screened include amongst others, Max And Mona, Tanyaradzwa, Catch A Fire, Spirit of The Mountain, Drum and other interesting titles.

Films will be screened on a daily basis from December 8 to 17 at 14h00 and 18h00 at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre (EMAC).

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Durban Film Office, Durban Africa, and KZN Department of Economic Development support the KAFF. More information on 031 504 6970 or from Edmund Mhlongo on 082 487 7167.




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