Sesotho Media presents four films during 2012 Morija Arts & Cultural Festival. They are screened free of charge at ‘Mabereng Hall at Morija Conference Centre on Friday Sept. 28th and Saturday 29th.
Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th September 2012
All films will be screened for free at ‘Mabereng Hall at Morija Conference Centre
Director: Daniel Junge
Showing: Friday @ 10h00, Saturday @ 10h00
Duration: 52 mintues
After nearly two decades of civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was appointed the first-ever freely elected female head of state in Africa. Since taking office in a hotly contested election, she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of govern-ment. Will the first female Liberian president backed by other powerful women bring sustainable democracy and peace to such a devastated country? The movie gives the viewer behind-the-scenes access to Sirleaf’s cabinet meetings and provides a unique insight into a newly elected African government. How does she lead Liberia, a nation ready for change, in its first year of democratic rule after nearly two decades of civil war?
Director: Weijun Chen
Showing: Friday @ 11h30, Saturday @ 11h30
Duration: 58 mintues
Wuhan is a city in China the size of London where an experiment in democracy is conducted. At Evergreen Primary School, a grade 3 class learns what democracy is when an election for class monitor is being held. Three children are chosen by the teacher as candidates and they have a few days to campaign and convince their classmates to vote for them. The little candidates are seen at school and at home, where their parents do their best to make sure their child will win the election.
Director: Madona Ncayiyana
Showing: Friday @ 14h00, Saturday @ 14h00
Duration: 90 minutes
Ten year old Tembi and her eight year old brother, Kwezi, lose their mother. Their aunt is supposed to take care of them, but once she’s sold the few things they have, she disappears. The children are left with nothing but a traditional Zulu mat made by their mother before she died. Taking their destiny in her hands, Tembi convinces her brother that they should go to the big city of Durban. But once they arrive, they find themselves adrift in a terrifying metropolis. The very essence of Tembi and Kwezi’s bonds are threatened as the city becomes a monster that threatens to completely overwhelm and defeat our courageous youngsters.
Director: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Showing: Friday @ 16h00, Saturday @ 16h00
Duration: 93 minutes
Presented in conjunction with the landmark “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between famed pugilists Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Zaire ’74 was a three-day music festival in Kinshasa that was organized by South African musician Hugh Masekela and American record producer Stewart Levine, and featured perform-ances by such famed musicians as James Brown, Bill Withers, and B.B. King, among others. Many of the American musicians per-forming at Zaire ’74 had been emboldened by the American Civil Rights movement, and saw their journey to Africa as a unique opportunity not just to perform for a new set of enthusiastic fans, but to explore their roots as well.