Still not sure what you’re doing this weekend? Here are five great reasons to attend the Vancouver South African Film Festival. See you at SFU Woodward’s!

OUTSTANDING FILMS

From our award-winning Gala Opening film The Shore Break to this year’s outstanding Afrikaans-language film Dis ek, Anna and everything in between, we are thrilled to present our best-ever lineup of features and documentaries that illuminate this complex country. Check out the full lineup.

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A FABULOUS PARTY

We are so grateful to Festival Partner John Fluevog Shoes for use of their gorgeous Gastown space for our Gala Party on Friday night (April 8). Buy tickets now because this event will sell out. A Full Festival Pass ($90) or Gala Night Ticket ($50) gets you in. Thanks to Nandos and all our food sponsors! (Yes, there will be wine — on us).

HIS EXCELLENCY IS COMING

The South African High Commissioner to Canada, Membathisi Mdladlana, will attend this year’s festival and speak on opening night. Those who’ve met him before will recall his charm and humanity, and will know this is not a night to be missed! Mdladlana sat in Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet and is a great friend of VSAFF.

 

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At VSAFF, we want to entertain and inform. We are thrilled to have Skype talkbacks for four films. From The Shore Break, Producer/Director Ryley Grunenwald (pictured) will join us. So will Dr. Larry Shore, Producer of RFK In The Land of Apartheid; Dr. Mehret Mandefro, Producer of Difret; and Odette Schwegler, Producer of Glory Game, along with neurologist Dr. Andrew Eisen

ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Watch movies. Support educational projects in South Africa. Sounds awesome, right? All proceeds from VSAFF support the amazing work Vancouver-based non-profit Education without Borders has been doing in the township of Gugulethu, outside of Cape Town, since 2002. By supporting VSAFF, you’ve helped raise more than $80,000 in five years!

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