14-18 September 2020

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For the first time in its 41-year history, Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will go virtual from 10 to 20 September 2020.


Community film screenings, school programmes and engagements with various community organisations around the city of Durban and the province of KwaZulu Natal will be the pulse of this year’s Isiphethu industry-focused programme at DIFF. The isiPhethu programme remains a backbone of DIFF and acts as a centre stage for the industry role players to showcase their work, talents, and network in the film industry. The vibrant programme aims to entertain, educate, train and up-skill, instill confidence to young aspirant filmmakers and share information that is relevant to the film industry to empower young people.


All the underneath workshops are hosted on Zoom. The links will be shared on the isiPhethu event page on the morning of the events.

Monday 14 September

10am – 11am
Made for TV: How to improve the quality of smaller budget films. 
Hosts: Sithembile Mhlongo and Teboho Pietersen- Production Analyst, KZN Film Commission.

The business of filmmaking Panel: Thato Molamu – Founder of the Leaders in Motion Academy (LIMA), actor and producer
Host: Nkululeko Mthembu – Director, PISTA

3pm – 4pm
The Art of the Short Film Form
Host: Shirley Bruno

TUESDAY 15 September

10am – 11am
In Conversation with SWIFT board members. What is Swift about?
Host: Jessica Singh – SWIFT

The Benefit of Joining SWIFT
Host: Jessica Singh – SWIFT

KZN Film Funding – How to access funding
Host: Teboho Pietersen, Production Analyst, KZN Film Commission

WEDNESDAY 16 September

8.30am – 9.30am
Makeup and visual effects Award-winning makeup artists Babalwa Mtshiselwa – Lockdown, Knuckle City, Five Fingers.
Host: Mzwandile Makhanya, Scriptwriter and Director

Ethics & Filmmaking How do Filmmakers, researchers and artists negotiate the ethical considerations and processes of accessing traditional Zulu culture and customs in Filmmaking, storytelling, research and in all art-making?
Panel: Prof Murove G. Mhlophe, M. Dube, Prof O. Nxumalo,
Prof B. Hlongwa, C. Coetzee
Host: Dr N. Bhebhe

Editing SAFTA award-winning editor Bongi Malefo – Inumber number, MasterChef SA, The River, Legacy.
Host: Cedric Sissing, Ikes Books and Collectables

THURSDAY 17 September

10am – 11am
4IR, the impact for the media and entertainment industries Panel: Nicole Biondi, Head of Marketing and Communications, Innovation Edge Glenn Gillis, CEO of Seamonster
Host: Monica Rorvik, Head of Film and Media Promotion

2pm – 3pm
Taheim Bryan, “Equal Standard” writer/producer/director to talk about his film with castmates that may include the stars Tobias Truivillion, Ice-T and Treach. 
Host: Russel Hlongwane, Cultural Producer, Substance Point

3.30pm – 4.30pm
Master-class on Distribution
Host: Eloisa Lopez-Gomez, Head of Acquisitions, Sofa Digital, US Office

FIRDAY 18 September

10am – 11am
The Reality before us: creating new collaborative efforts for African Cinema stakeholders Panel: Richard Mofe- Damijo, Ama Tutu, Muna Joel, Haikali Azza, Elhoseinny Trushna, Buddhdev Patel
Host: Chris Kamau

2.00pm – 3.00pm
In conversation with Simon Wood & Jessie Zinn on formal approaches to making short films; showcasing of unreleased projects and unseen clips as case studies
Host: Mahomed Sheik



This is not a burial, it is a resurrection
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese,
Lesotho/South Africa/Italy, 2020 120 minutes, Sesotho with English subtitles

In village nestled amongst the pythonic mountains of land-locked Lesotho, an 80-year widow awaits the return of her only surviving family member, her son, a migrant worker in a South African coal mine. Sombre messengers deliver tragic news to her. An invisible wall of bewilderment arises and stands between Mantoa and the outside world. Consumed by grief, her yearning for death and reuniting with her family steadily grows. Mantoa winds up her early affairs and makes arrangements for her own burial. Her plans are punctuated when she learns that the village is to be forcibly resettled due to the construction of a dam reservoir. The land will be flooded and the cemetery desecrated. Mantoa’s resolve is unwavering; igniting a collective spirit of defiance within the community. In the final dramatic moments of her life, Mantoa’s legend is forged and made eternal.

Date and time: 10 Sept @ 18:30
Venue: Durban Country Club
Address: Isaiah Ntshangase Road Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

The road less cycled
Nathan Rice,
South Africa, 2019 90 minutes, Zulu with English subtitles

In a small rural town in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, Philani (27) works a dead-end job, living under the shadow of his brother who’s a professional soccer player. When Philani draws the attention of a professional cycling team, he is offered to join them at a race about 300KM away. With no means of getting there on his own and no resources, it’s inevitable that he has to find a bicycle and ride there himself. He steals his boss’s bike and rides off alone against the will of his widowed mother. Philani goes through many trials along his four day journey, having to find places to stay overnight and hustle for food. Everywhere he goes, he rejects people’s help until his false-pride leads him into a situation he can’t get himself out of.

Date and time: 15 Sept @ 18:30
Venue: Port Shepstone Country Club
Address: Address: R102 (Old Coast Road), Port Shepstone

Thomas Gumede,
South Africa, 2020 100 minutes, English/Sotho/Zulu, with English subtitles

“KEDIBONE” a Sotho for “seen it all”. This is a coming of age South African feature film about an exotically beautiful Sotho girl by the name of Kedibone Manamela, born and raised in Orlando East, Soweto who chooses to live her early youth on the fast lane. Veiled from her loyal childhood boyfriend’s eyes, she bounces between being a good girl in the township and the it girl on the high end of Johannesburg streets. A dark threat looms over the day when the news of Kedibone’s escapades reach the young man.

Date and time: 17 Sept @ 18:30
Venue: Ferrum High School Newcastle
Address: Aquamarine Road, Sunnyridge, Newcastle

Tokoloshe: The Calling
Richard Green,
South Africa, 2019 73 minutes , English

A successful writer goes to an abandoned hotel with his wife and adopted daughter to finish his much-anticipated follow-up book when strange things start to occur. At the same time, a high school teacher is forced to deal with her gruesome past which is linked to the same hotel.

Date and time: 18 Sept @ 18:30
Venue: Zululand Chamber
Address: Buscom Centre, ZCBF Community Park, Guidengracht, Alton, Richards Bay


Pieter du Plessis,
South Africa, 2020 92mins, English with English Subtitles

When Rachel and her traumatised family find asylum at a remote farmstead in a barren landscape, she believes that they have found a place to rest before moving on again, until the matriarch of the farm asks her to marry one of her sons. This sets off a cascade of clashing allegiances and ideologies that becomes more and more constricting to the young woman, her crippled father and adopted little brother. DUST is a slow burning tension thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Date and time: 19 Sept @ 18:30
Venue: Durban Country Club
Address: Isaiah Ntshangase RoadDurban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa


Please visit the Quicket Ticketing website on for the Drive-In screenings on the 10, 15,17,18 and19 September.

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