SYNOPSIS: Black President is Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai’s personal story, seen from the perspective of another African artist - cultural activist and BLK JKS guitarist, Mpumelelo Mcata - who is also battling with themes of identity, displacement, dislocation and significance. Tackling what should be every human being's politics: "Where in the world, who in the world and what in the world, am I?”, the filmmaker questions the responsibility of African artists in a globalised universe, where we maybe find ourselves "playing catch up" with the West as opposed to following our own paths.
- REFRESHMENTS - Limited seating, come early - Filmmaker in attendance - Film courtesy of End Street Productions
First Wednesday Film Club often partners with
organizations, institutions and distribution companies, among them the Gauteng
Film Commission, Big World Cinema, Indigenous Pictures, the Bioscope
Independent Cinema, Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, the British
Council, One Fine Day Film Workshop as well as the Encounters and Tri
Continental film festivals.
Do you want to collaborate with First Wednesday Film Club or do you want
us to consider your film for screening?
What started out as
an informal gathering aimed at local film makers in 2004, hosted by Atlas
Studios and ran by filmmakers John Barker and Ziggy Hofmeyr, has, one decade
later, become South Africa’s best attended regular screening event outside the
film festival circuit, and a reputable launching platform for new films,
curated by filmmaker Akin Omotoso and writer Katarina Hedrén.
the First Wednesday Film Club’s reach extends far beyond the filmmaking community
and includes a broader gathering of cinema lovers who are interested in
watching films of all genres from across the world that usually are not
available on the local circuit. For its unique offering of films and its
chilled atmosphere with people from across the world, the film club has also
become a "must attend” event for many visitors to Johannesburg.
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The First Wednesday Film Club is a great a place to exchange
ideas, network, or simply enjoy a fun evening in the company of fellow film
enthusiasts. Even though the film club continues to attract a growing audience,
the atmosphere remains friendly and relaxed. In the words of co-host Jonathan
Gimpel: "It’s all about being part of a community; an eclectic incubator
that shares resources to help independent film makers get better exposure and
the last couple of years, the film club has become a popular launching platform
for films about to be released on the local circuit or distributed through
other channels. Among the films that have ‘sneak-premiered’ at the First
Wednesday Film Club are Andrew Wessel’s "Blitz Patrollie", Charlie Vundla’s How
to steal 2 Million, Jann Turner’s "White Wedding" and "Material". This has also been the case with non-South African films
distributed in South Africa, including "Let the Right in" and "Black
Power Mixtape" 1969-1975) and "Concerning
Violence", both by Swedish
filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson.