VSAFFers: when the films end, the discussion begins. This year, we’re excited to have more film folk in town than ever before, and more opportunities for our audience to interact and inquire.

Think of South Africa and our minds immediately turn to music and dance. But all too rarely do we get a glimpse of the contemporary scene. Hear Me Move (Fri, April 10, 7 p.m.) captures the energy and passion of today’s youth with its vibrant colours, authenticity, unique style and vibe. We are thrilled to have co-producer Clare Louis in Vancouver for a talk-back after the gala film.

What happens when a white woman goes to live in a black township? Across the Colour Bar (Sat., April 11, 12 p.m.) paints a vivid and thoughtful picture of the life and times of Ntabiseng (Charmaine) Hibbert, who relocated to Katlehong Township in 1995. Director Luscious Dosi has made a huge effort to join us for VSAFF and will take part in a talk-back after our four documentary shorts.

After Behind the Lens on Sat., April 11 at 2 p.m., stay for a Skype talk-back with photojournalist/activist Paul Weinberg. Behind the Lens tells the story of a small selection of struggling photographers who risked their lives to document South Africa during apartheid. Paul was a founder member of Afrapix and South, the collective photo agencies that gained local and international recognition for their uncompromising role in documenting apartheid, and popular resistance to it. Check out his full bio and stunning work here.

Angels in Exile (Sun., April 12, 3:30 p.m.) shares a story eight years in the making. It focusses on two inspiring kids — Zuleika and Ariel. We witness their entire adolescence and observe their fight to survive not only the dangers around them but also the haunting memories of the past that led them to run to the streets in the first place. We welcome director Billy Raftery to the West Coast and look forward to the panel discussion that follows Angels. The panel will link the issues of Vancouver street youth to their sisters and brothers in Durban. Melanie Mark, a longtime advocate for youth with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (B.C. representative for children and youth), brings a First Nations lens to this British Columbian/South African connection.