VSAFFers, pick up this week’s Georgia Straight to read reporter Nikki Celis’s excellent interview with The Shore Break director Ryley Grunenwald.

Check out this article from the Straight, too: It’s glory time for South African cinema at Vancouver festival

The Shore Break opens this year’s VSAFF on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s).

The screening of The Shore Break will be followed by a Skype talkback with director Ryley Grunenwald and our VSAFF Gala Party at Fluevog Shoes in Gastown. To get into the fabulous Gala Party, you’ll need to purchase a Full Festival Pass ($90) or the Gala Night ticket (film and party) for $50.

You can also just purchase a ticket to see The Shore Break for $20 (no party).


On South Africa’s gorgeous Wild Coast, the Pondo people have tended their traditional way of life for centuries. Nonhle, supports her people and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depend.

Her cousin Madiba backs a titanium-mining proposal and the government’s controversial plan to build a tolled highway across their land. Tired of his community living without good access to employment, hospitals and schools, Madiba courts private capital and government officials.

Featuring stunning cinematography and sensational original music, The Shore Break delivers a visually and emotionally riveting experience that echoes the struggles over development in Canada.