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The Tri-Continental Film Festival is an annual, national festival that focuses on documentary and narrative films from or about Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle-East.

In a period where South Africans face the clawing back of social reforms and find themselves fighting to defend hard won democratic freedoms, the role of independent documentary film cannot be underestimated.

Perhaps this explains why 2010 has seen some urgent filmmaking in South Africa by a generation of talented filmmakers who have responded to the demise of traditional funding models with an array of independent films that are refreshing in their poignancy and desperately in search of serious platforms. It’s one thing getting these films made, and another ensuring they are seen by as many people as possible. This is the role of festivals such as Tri-Continental, with its aim of showcasing beautifully crafted and meaningful films to mass audiences, while hosting forums for debate and film education.

This year’s fest is running in Johannesburg, Soweto, Tshwane, Durban and Cape Town.

For more info visit or call 011 334 61 38

The Tri Continental Film Festival will take place at the following cinemas:

  • · Cinema Nouveau Rosebank (Johannesburg) 01 – 10 October
  • · Ster Kinekor Maponya Mall (Johannesburg)  01 – 03 October
  • · The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Fox Street, Johannesburg 03 – 10 October
  • · Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall (Pretoria) 08 – 14 October
  • · Cinema Nouveau Gateway (Durban) 15 – 21 October
  • · Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront (Cape Town) 26 – 31 October

Tickets may be booked either through TicketLine on 082 16789 or online – either on your WAP-enabled cell phone or PC via ; or, book in Ster-Kinekor cinemas at the self service terminals (SSTs) or Box Offices. For The Bioscope, go to or

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