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Influence

Influence

Influence charts the recent advancements in weaponised communication by investigating the rise and fall of the world’s most notorious public relations and reputation-management firm, the British multinational Bell Pottinger. Influence illustrates how both the structures of our society and the very texture of our lives can be defined, designed and manipulated by powerful and secretive forces.

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Gaza

Gaza

This beautifully rendered chronicle of day-to-day life in Gaza focuses on the lived reality in the besieged and violence-punctuated area. Directed with great compassion and exquisitely shot, the film never wavers from depicting the violence that punctuates the lives of those who live there even as it documents the richness of the culture that exists amidst the violence.

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For Sama

For Sama

This powerful account of the war in Syria and the systematic destruction of Aleppo is told from the first-person perspective of journalist Waad al-Kateab, providing a rare cinematic account of the female experience of war. Taking the form of a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film’s profound humanity gives it universal resonance.

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Finding Sally

Finding Sally

A personal investigation into the mysterious life of the director’s Aunt Sally, an Ethiopian aristocrat-turned-communist-rebel who disappeared after the revolution that lead to the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie.

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Displaced

Displaced

This beautifully crafted and highly intelligent film explores the personal experience of a third-generation Holocaust survivor in Berlin. Remarkably honest and frank, the film asks fascinating questions, and is a great example of how the more specific an inquiry is, the more it can seem to generate a universal resonance.

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Cunningham

Cunningham

This masterfully produced documentary about avant-garde dancer Merce Cunningham and his enduring relationship with avant-garde musician John Cage blends recreations of Cunningham’s landmark works with rich archival footage garnered over three decades.

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Bellingcat

Bellingcat

This remarkable film looks at a small group of self-appointed investigators who use publicly available resources on the internet to determine the truth about key recent news events such as the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine. Bellingcat is an inspiring tribute to the power of citizen journalism – and its impact on mainstream reportage.

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Banksy Most Wanted

Banksy Most Wanted

This fascinating look at the graffiti artist who has achieved global fame without ever revealing his name, provides an account of Banksy’s anarchic career, from the early appearances of his work in Bristol to the ways in which the enigmatic artist has invisibly scaled the heights of the art world while at the same time ridiculing its values.

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#SilentPanic

#SilentPanic

In the time of COVID-19, a small and isolated community is left vulnerable as it struggles to fight off an illegal mining cartel in their backyard.

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2020 (22nd) Encounters SA International Film Festival