Joburg Film Festival

Tuesday Nov 19 - Monday Nov 25       135 West St, Sandton Central
Now in its third year, the Joburg Film Festival is back with a renewed energy and an exciting programme of events that brings the magic of cinema to unique venues across the city. The year's festival sees 60 short, feature and documentary films from across South Africa and the world being screened at six different venues across Joburg including Constitution Hill, the historic 35mm cinema in Alexandra, Kings Cinema and The Bioscope in Maboneng.

The main hub of the festival is Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City where Joburg Film Festival screenings will be happening at both Ster Kinekor Sandton City and at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.

Some exciting new films coming up at the 2019 Joburg Film Festival include: Yardie, a thrilling crime drama set in 1970s Jamaica and 1980s London starring Idris Elba; Bloodlight and Bami, a new documentary about Afro-futurist icon Grace Jones; Amazing Grace, a revelatory concert film based on a 1972 concert by Aretha Franklin and Letters of Hope, a highly anticipated new historical drama set in 1976 South Africa.

Highlights of the 2019 Joburg Film Festival programme include:

Wed Nov 20 at 17:30
The Space – Theatre of Survival

The Space tells the story of the theatre and community that gave birth to some of South Africa’s most important writing and acting talents and its most significant works of protest theatre. Beginning in 1972, the film highlights the brave group of artists who risked everything to build a safe non-racial space dedicated to artistic, social, and political freedoms including Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, Wilson Dunster and Percy Sieff. 
Showing at The Bioscope
Thu Nov 21 at 19:30
My Culture My Music 

This soulful documentary illustrates how music has always been a powerful tool within South African culture narrated by various South African artists who illustrate what music and culture mean to them and how they use music to express their cultural heritage.
Showing at The Bioscope
Fri Nov 22 at 20:00
A Translator

This drama is based on one of the little-known chapters of recent Cuban history. After the catastrophic accident at the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl nuclear plant, Cuba opened its highly regarded medical facilities to patients suffering from radiation-related diseases. When survivors of the Chernobyl disaster arrive in Cuba for medical treatment, a local Russian literature professor is ordered to act as a translator.
Showing at The Bioscope

Sat Nov 23 at 17:30
My Friend Fela

Essential viewing for fans of the Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. My Friend Fela explores the life of the legendary Nigerian musician as seen from the perspective of his long-time friend Carlos Moore. Placing Fela's life firmly within the Black Consciousness movement, the film follows Fela's relationships with the women in his life and his travels to London and New York – where he was confronted with his own blackness and African identity for the first time – to his ascent as one of the world's most influential African musicians. A portrait of a remarkable man and a tribute to the Pan-African generation.
Showing at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank
Sat Nov 23 at 18:00
Bombay Rose

A beautiful hand-painted animation created by award-winning Indian animator Gitanjali Rao. A romance set on the streets of Bombay, Bombay Rose is the story of Kamala and Salim’s quest for love in this chaotic and beautiful city.
Showing at The Bioscope

Sat Nov 23 at 21:15 and Sun Nov 24 at 17:30
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

An electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones.
Showing at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank

Sun Nov 24 at 20:30

Renee Zellwegger plays Judy Garland in this stirring biopic about the iconic Judy Garland set in the winter of 1968 as Judy prepares to perform in a five-week sold-out run of Talk of the Town in London.
Showing at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank

For the full schedule and details of venues see



Nov 19 2019 - Nov 25 2019
Nelson Mandela Square
135 West St, Sandton Central
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