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Meet The 4 Filmmakers Taking South African Cinema To Cannes In 2016

Four South African filmmakers are taking SA cinema to Cannes 2016 as part of the very first Cannes South Africa Film Factory.


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The Cannes South Africa Film Factory is a new African filmmaking initiative geared towards boosting the presence of South African cinema on the international stage. Launched earlier this year during the Cannes Film Festival, the factory will see four South African directors (who will be paired with four non-South African directors) collectively direct four short films produced in South Africa, which will then screen on the opening day of the festival's next edition taking place 11-22 May 2016.

The workshop, which took place during the recent Durban International Film Festival, is the first of its kind on the continent (Cannes Factories have previously taken place in Asia, Europe, and South America). The four filmmakers selected to take part in the program were pulled from a competitive shortlist, and their work spans from the socially conscious and fantastical to the darkly comedic and macabre. In the following pages, we've put together an introduction to the four filmmakers who will be taking South African cinema to Cannes in 2016.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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