AfriDocs creating new perceptions for #AfriTravel

2017-08-31 20:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - With Heritage month around the corner, broadcast and online platform exclusively for Africa, AfriDocs is set to bring the best African and international documentaries to television audiences weekly across sub-Saharan Africa.

Broadcasting on BET Africa (DStv 129) and now to online audiences anywhere in the continent, audiences can view specially selected titles every Sunday night at 22:00 or stream the channel’s wide selection of titles through the AfriDocs streaming website or YouTube channel, available anytime on computer and mobile devices, all for free.

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According to AfriDocs Executive Producer, Don Edkins, AfriDocs is like having a film festival on your screen that gives you access to powerful, quality, award-winning documentaries that have shown at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world.

“The launch of AfriDocs Anytime heralds a new era of distribution for the continent, with the combination of a primetime broadcast opportunity, followed up a by a free online streaming mechanism, means new opportunities for filmmakers, as well as the chance to develop audiences for the best in African film,” says Edkins.

NOTE: AfriDocs also has an exclusive catch-up opportunity, featuring past BET scheduled titles available to view for a limited period of time.

As a result, here are just a few of the hundreds of titles available this coming Heritage month: 

Omo Child: The River and the Bush - 03 September

This "Social Impact Media Award" and "Jury Ethos Award" winning documentary film tells the amazing true story of a young man’s journey to end the ancient practice known as Mingi in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Mingi means curse and any child who is thought to be Mingi must be killed according to ancient cultural traditions.

Lale Labuko, from the Kara tribe, was convinced that no curse existed and he set out to change his tribe and the Omo Valley and in doing so lifting a burden from the shoulder’s of the Kara people.

Unseen Enemy - 10 September

Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behaviour, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death.

We are all connected to any person, animal and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. And that connection is either incredibly dangerous or a powerful force for good. It is our choice which of those becomes true.

Finding Hillywood - 17 September

Finding Hillywood is a "Audience Award" and "Best Documentary" award winning documentary that chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realisation that we all must one day face our past. 

In Hillywood (Rwanda’s film industry named for the country’s rolling hills) there is a blossoming film community. As Rwanda is still healing from the wounds of a cultural genocide almost 20 years ago, cinema has become a way for artists to express themselves and create cultural discussion.

Noma - 24 September

Directed by Pablo Pineda Bóveda, Noma is a young black woman who represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack that she shares with four other people: her two sons, her cousin and her younger brother. One of her sons is a semi-paraplegic and blind disabled baby.

What she wants is to improve her life and her family’s life and aims to build a house in a new slum facing violent evictions.

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