Toronto South African Film Festival November 1st & 2nd


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The Toronto South African Film Festival (TSAFF) will take centre stage on November 1st and 2nd at AGO. Come check out a jam-packed line up of films. The festival kicks off with a night of comedy with the hilarious South African comedian Nik Rabinowitz at the Al Green Theatre at theMiles Nadal Jewish Community centre.

You can buy tickets for the films and for Nik Rabinowitz on our website

All proceeds from the festival go to Education without Borders (EwB), a charitable organization supporting educational programs in Cape Town

Featured Films:
Behind the Lens
When the struggle for democracy intensified during the 1980s, South African photographers covering the front- lines frequently found themselves targeted by the police, shoulder-to-shoulder with their civilian comrades. Behind The Lens focuses on eight such veterans who saw themselves as activists first and photojournalists second –
accompanied by a breathtaking gallery of their iconic images.
Four Corners
Four Corners is a multi-thread, coming-of-age crime drama set in a unique and volatile South African sub-culture. At times raw and violent, at other times touching and true, the four lives of Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around Ricardo, weaving universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption.
Hear Me Move
Muzi, the son of a pantsula street dancer, goes on a journey to learn the truth about his father's death and come to terms with his own identity. Will Muzi embrace his destiny to become the man he is meant to be?
A young zebra, born with only half his stripes, is rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the Karoo desert to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. Along the way he meets a host of colourful characters, but before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with a menacing leopard to take part in an epic battle.
Material is a warm, funny and emotional look at the struggles of a Muslim family facing the modern world, exploring destiny, responsibility and what family really means. The film is entirely set in the Indian enclave of Forsdburg, Johannesburg in South Africa.
Miners Shot Down
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
Plot for Peace
The untold story behind history, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela’s release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front-line states helped end apartheid. The improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence, whose trade secret was trust.
Soft Vengeance
A film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.
Under African Skies
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
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