Durban International Film Festival (DIFF 2019)
40ème édition.


Le Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2018 a lieu du jeudi 18 juil. 2019 au dimanche 28 juil. 2019, à Durban, Afrique du Sud

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) takes place on 18-28 July 2019. The 40th edition of the festival is organized by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and other valued funders and partners.
With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

(DIFF) 18-28 July 2019

South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival generally runs across 12 days towards the end of July, presenting over 180 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema. Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity. This includes the participation of 20 filmmakers from all over Africa in Talents Durban, in partnership with the Berlin Film Festival, and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing and co-production initiative organized in partnership with Durban Film Office.

The Durban International Film Festival is the largest film festival on the African continent and in 2018, winners of Best International Documentary and Best SA Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival will now automatically qualify for Oscar consideration. The festival has been notified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of this inclusion, which effectively means that the winning documentaries will be up for consideration for the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. DIFF joins other prestigious festivals around the globe including the Cannes International Film Festival, Berlinale International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, and IDFA – the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, in being an Oscar-qualifying film festival.

The Durban International Film Festival offers screenings, workshops, discussions and industry support through the city of Durban with a key focus on bridging the gap in the lack of cinema spaces in communities like, Groutville, KwaMashu, Lamontville and Inanda.

Feature Films in Competition
Back of the Moon by Angus Gibson (South Africa) 2019
Love Runs Out by Roger Young (South Africa) 2019
Les Miserables by Ladj Lay (France) 2019
Knuckle City by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka (South Africa) 2019
Cronofobia by Francesco Rizzi (Switzerland) 2018
Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil) 2019
Rwanda by Riccardo Salvetti (Italy) 2018
Solace by Tchaiko Omawele (United States of America) 2018
Vai by Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Whippy (Pacific Islands) 2019
Letters of Hope by Vusi’ Africa Sindane (South Africa) 2019
Mokalik by Kunle Afolayan (Nigeria) 2019
The Rib by Zhang Wei (China) 2019
Adam by Maryam Touzani (Morocco | France) 2019

Documentary Films in Competition
Buddha in Africa by Nicole Schaffer (South Africa) 2019
A Haunted Past by Fatma Riahi (Qatar) 2018
Anbessa by Mo Scarpelli (Italy | United States) 2019
Hamada by Eloy Dominguez Seren (Sweden) 2018
In My Blood It Runs by Maya Newell (Australia) 2019
Mother I Am Suffocating by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) 2019
The Sound of Masks by Sara CF de Gouveia (South Africa | Portugal) 2018
For Sama by Edward Watts, Waad al-Kateab (UK | USA | Syria) 2019
My Friend, Fela by Joel Zito Araújo (Israel | France | Ethiopia | Germany) 2019
A Girl In Return by Katrine W Kjaer (Denmark) 2019


PACKAGE 1 (104 min)
19 JULY, 15:30, MARINE PARADE; 23 JULY, 13:30, KZNSA
– Insured
– Acid
– Drowning in Sands
– All Inclusive

PACKAGE 2 (103 min)
– Untravel
– Joko Ya Hao
– The Old Man and the Mountain
– Siklus
– Facing North

PACKAGE 3 (102 min)
19 JULY, 19:30, MARINE PARADE; 23 JULY, 17:30, KZNSA
– Hot Dog
– Desires of the Flesh
– Tides
– A Kalabanda Ate My Homework
– Brotherhood
– Writers Anonymous
– Undone

PACKAGE 4 (93 min)
20 JULY, 15:30, MARINE PARADE; 24 JULY, 13:30, KZNSA
– Coda
– Dunya’s Day
– Lay Lay
– The Last Post Office
– Painting the Lily
– Sister
– The River Gives
– Chichi

PACKAGE 5 (103 min)
20 JULY, 17:30, MARINE PARADE; 24 JULY, 15:30, KZNSA
– 2 Grams and a Sunrise
– A Leaf
– Ales
– In the Light of Fire
– Scenes from a Transcient Home
– The Open Door
– Plumes Beaches (Feathers)

PACKAGE 6 (101 min)
20 JULY, 19:30, MARINE PARADE; 24 JULY, 17:30, KZNSA
– Adalamadrina
– Do you Want me to Kiss you this Time?
– Lavender
– The Field
– You Used to Bring me Flowers
– Our Albertina
– Saving Dragons

PACKAGE 7 (106 min)
21 JULY, 15:30, MARINE PARADE; 25 JULY, 13:30, KZNSA
– Alien Culture
– Assia
– Automatic
– Edgecombe
– Kado
– Fall into the Sky
– Green
– Vitiligo
– Seeking Giants

PACKAGE 8 (96 min)
21 JULY, 17:30, MARINE PARADE; 25 JULY, 15:30, KZNSA
– Awani
– Aziza
– Color Blind
– Fuck You
– Reneepoptosis
– Wakamba Forever
– The Tough

PACKAGE 9 (97 min)
21 JULY, 19:30, MARINE PARADE; 25 JULY, 17:30, KZNSA
– Ashmina
– Carver
– Intense Practice to Improve Performance
– Self-assessment
– Shoe Polishers Diary
– Skaap
– The Fisherman
– Easter Snap

PACKAGE 10 (103 min)
22 JULY, 15:30, MARINE PARADE; 26 JULY, 13:30, KZNSA
– Kiss of the Rabbit God
– Into Infinity
– The King’s Ghost
– The Walker
– I Got my Things and Left

– THE COFFIN SALESMAN, Imoh Umoren, Nigeria 2019, 75 min, English
– THE DELIVERY BOY, Adekunle Adejuyigbe, Nigeria 2017, 110 min, Hausa and Pidgin with English subtitles
– RETURN OF THE DON, Daniel Oriahi, UK 2016, 94 min, English
– SEMBENE!, Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, Senegal, USA, 2015, 90 min, English
– SYLVIA, Daniel Oriahi, Nigeria 2018, 104 min, English
– YOUNGUN, Alex Melhuish, UK 2019, 85 min, English

– AYANDA, Sarah Blecher, 2015, South Africa, 105 min, English
– MAN ON GROUND, Akin Omotoso, 2011, South Africa, 80 min, English | Zulu | Southern Sotho | Yoruba with English subtitles
– IZULU LAMI (MY SECRET SKY), Madoda Ncayiyane, 2009, South Africa, 96 min, Zulu | English
– OF GOOD REPORT, Jahmil XT Qubeka, 2013, South Africa | Iceland, 109 minutes, English