Cascade Festival of African Films:SHORTS BY SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS

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SHORTS BY SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS Women Filmmakers Week

UNOMALANGA AND THE WITCH

Directed by Palesa Shingle, 2014, 27min.

Newly married, Nomalanga and her husband move into a small neighborhood. Her neighbors pique her curiosity when they gossip about the recently widowed woman who lives across the street, who is rumored to have used dark powers to kill her husband. Being an outsider herself, Nomalanga visits the widow and soon finds herself drawn to the mysterious woman. Winner of the Best Short South African Film at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival.

In Xhosa with English subtitles. Not suitable for children. THE FALL OF GANESH

Directed by Sheetal Megan, 2015, 24min.

Amira hosts a Diwali dinner in order to mark a turning point in her life and announce her engagement to her family and friends. For an Indian woman, hosting a Diwali function is a rite of passage signifying womanhood. The dinner leads to a host of unexpected conflicts that culminate in an “explosive” confrontation.

In English. Not suitable for children. EVELYN AND TAPIWA

Directed by Samantha Nel, 2014, 20 min.

Evelyn is an old domestic worker whose strength is failing. An accident forces her out of her job and she finds herself training her replacement, Tapiwa. As Tapiwa settles in, Evelyn prepares herself for a new life outside of domestic work.

In English. Not suitable for children. THE INITIATE

Directed by Keitumetsi Qhali, 2015, 24 min.

Rethabile, a young ambitious college girl, finds out days before her traditional Sotho coming-of-age ceremony that she is pregnant. A series of disastrous and hilarious events unfold as she tries to keep the secret from her father. The risk of partaking in the Sotho ceremony will shame her father and her family, but she must attend. Will she keep the child, or will she keep the secret long enough to realize what it takes to be a woman?

In Sotho with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.