Durban International Film Festival focus is Africa, India, Canada and COP17
South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), opens on July 21 with the world premiere of the South African film, Otelo Burning.
The DIFF 2011 awards ceremony, on July 30, features one of two screenings of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
For film lovers planning to visit South Africa, coinciding a trip with the Durban International Film Festival is a good option, given the scope of the festival and the options.
This year’s festival program features 250 screenings of current films from around the world with a strong focus on South African and African cinema. The 2011 program, the festival’s 32nd, also highlights Indian and Canadian films.
A retrospective of six films from the late great Indian master Satyajit Ray will be presented, plus new works including the world premiere of Leena Manimekelai’s The Dead Sea and Kaushik Mukherjee’s Bengali hip hop film Asshole, among others.