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Encounters Festival Brings Captivating Documentaries to Cape Town

The ever-popular Encounters Festival returns for its 26th year to showcase the most thought-provoking documentaries from around the world. As Africa’s leading documentary festival, it once again boasts a robust lineup of compelling documentaries set to captivate audiences across Cape Town (and Johannesburg) from 20 to 30 June.

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival offers intriguing glimpses into global politics and is a vital platform for fostering dialogue, social cohesion, and the nurturing of documentary filmmakers. See our top picks here.

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What’s Different This Year?

This year, in partnership with Cinema Solidarity, Encounters Festival presents a Palestine Focus with three stirring documentaries on the topic. Cinema Solidarity is a collective of African filmmakers who believe art is critical in times of crisis. They stand in solidarity with the struggles of people against oppression and malevolent forms of power in an increasingly connected world. As filmmakers, they aim to use cinema as a bridge to empathy, dialogue, gathering, and connection.

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Where to see Encounters Festival films in Cape Town

The 2024 edition of the Encounters Festival presents screenings across a varied and accessible selection of venues. These include Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront, the Labia Theatre, and outreach venue The Bertha Movie House Isivivana Community Centre in Khayelitsha, along with collaborations with pop-up cinema partners Sunshine Cinema and VUMA Pop-Up. Stay tuned to social media for updates on additional venues.

Cost: R80 per single ticket per film. Book here. Outreach venues provide free entrance

When: From Thursday, 20 June to Sunday, 30 June. Various times and venues.
Where: Ster Kinekor V&A Waterfront | Labia Theatre | The Bertha Movie House Isivivana Community Centre in Khayelitsha

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