Close Encounters Of The Intellectual Kind / GUEST BLOGGER

Hg2 Cape Town author Keith Bain gets all square-eyed on us at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.
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Happy Birthday, Encounters. This year, 9th-26th June 2011, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival turns 13 and it looks like it’s storming into its teenage years with a vengeance and abandon. Expect rebellion (LennonNYC), rock music (Wild Thing), an obsession with celebrity (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a winner at Sundance in 2010) and of course, sex (G-Spotting).

The festival, which runs concurrently in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be screening 37 films from 14 countries and 5 continents, including 11 world premieres, 19 South African films and 17 international films.

Playing to a select VIP audience in Cape Town, the festival’s opening film is Simon Bright’s Whatever Happened to Robert Mugabe, an account of the Zimbabwean president who continues to bewilder sane people around the world.

Friday night in Cape Town sees the screening of Glitterboys and Ganglands, directed by Cape Town novelist Lauren Beukes, who won the Arthur C Clarke award for sci-fi literature with her novel, Zoo City. The film, Beukes’s first as director, is about the sequin- and tiara-wearing men of the Cape’s gangland districts who counter the stereotypes in order to take part in the Miss Gay Western Cape pageant.

And there’s plenty more to provoke, astound, or cause an intellectual riot.

Cape Town screenings happen at the V&A Waterfront’s Nu Metro cinemas; in Johannesburg, screenings are split between Nu Metro Hyde Park and The Bioscope.

You can download the entire festival programme here: www.encounters.co.za

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