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4 Films Screening at The Inaugural Africa Rising International Film Festival And Everything You Need to Know About Them

These are some of the films to catch at the Africa Rising International Film Festival taking place in Joburg, South Africa.

The first Africa Rising International Film Festival will take place between the 26th and the 29th of November, as part of the Global Festival Week in South Africa. In honor of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu's centennial, the festival aims to challenge old norms, while embracing technology and increasing youthful audiences in Africa. The event will take place at Newtown Junction Mall and the Market Theatre & Market Theatre Square in Newtown, Joburg.

Below are four of the films that will screen during the event, accompanied by facts about each one of them.


Matwetwe

1. It was directed by the South African stand-up comedian, actor and director Kagiso Lediga.

2. It's set around the iconic township of Atteridgeville in Pretoria.

3. Matwete is produced by Lediga and International Black Coffee who is making his first transition into feature films.

4. The movie soundtrack features hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest.

5. It was shot by cinematographer Motheo Moeng.

Watch the trailer for Matwetwe below:

Matwetwe (Wizard) - Trailer www.youtube.com


A Star Is Born

1. The film stars pop icon Lady Gaga and The Hangover film star Bradley Cooper.

2. Bradley Copper directed the movie, and it's his first ever movie as a director.

3. It was initially written for Beyoncé and Clint Eastwood.

4. The film first showed at the75th Venice International Film Festival.

5. Over $36 million was spent to make the film.

Watch the trailer for A Star Is Born below:

A STAR IS BORN - Official Trailer 1 www.youtube.com


Being Mandela: Joko Ya Hao

1. Being Mandela: Joko Ya Hao stars South African soul and jazz musician Simphiwe Dana.

2. Simphiwe Dana's role was inspired by the late anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

3. The film was directed by prolific actress Mmabatho Montsho.

4. Joko Ya hao is a 30-minute long film.

Watch the trailer for Being Mandela: Joko Ya Hao here.

Monster

1. Monster was directed by pop star Rihanna's frequent music video collaborator, Anthony Mandler.

2. The film is based on Walter Dean Myers' novel Monster.

3. Jennifer Hudson stars in the movie as Mrs. Harmon.

4. The film is not yet released theatrically.

5. It will be screening for the first time in Africa at the ARIFF.


You can buy tickets to the Africa Rising International Film Festival here.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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