South Africa


Through a chronological history of the South African liberation struggle, this documentary cites examples of the way that music was used in the fight for freedom. Songs united those who were being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music consoled those incarcerated, and created an effective underground form of communication inside the prisons.

South Africa 2002
Regie: Lee Hirsch
103 min, 35 mm, Farbe, engl. OF mit dt. und franz. UT


Christian Berger Documentary Film Competition
Thabo, Thabiso, and Moalosi are young, urban Basotho men on a mission. They travel with a mobile cinema unit through the mountains of Lesotho, screening their film to very remote communities. In a country where almost a third of the people are HIV-positive, they are the nucleus of a tiny group who are living openly with the virus. They are pioneers and publicly declare their HIV–positive status. They are also film stars and are attractive to women. read more

Coming of Age

For two years, Teboho Edkin has been following the daily lives of four teenagers who live in a remote village in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.  And as the title indicates – it is about coming of age, of life between traditions and awakenings, duty and obstinacy. For all the small and large questions which are dealt with in COMING OF AGE, Teboho Edkins finds impressive pictures. Archaic, yet strangely familiar.  



SA/DE 2015
Regie: Teboho Edkins
63 min, Colour/DCP/Original with English subtitles
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Südafrika 1997
Regie: Ramadan Suleman

Gangster Backstage

In GANGSTER BACKSTAGE, the protagonists of GANGSTER PROJECT talk, guided by subtle questions, about their experiences, hopes and dreams. Emphatic moments of great intimacy counteract with idiosyncratic scenes, in which Edkins lets his actors improvise in the smallest spaces. Nightmarish.

SA 2013
Regie: Teboho Edkins
38 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
Double Feature with Gangster Project

Gangster Project

He did not want to shoot a film about gangsters, but a film with gangsters, says Teboho Edkins and travelled with a cameraman to Bonteheuwel, the poorest neighbourhood in Cape Town. In fact, what he experiences there has nothing to do with the common belief of gangster kitsch and popular “Scarface” idolatry. A blunt portrait of a meaningless and likewise hopeless world.

SA/D 2011
Regie: Teboho Edkins
55 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
Double Feature with Gangster Backstage
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MAHLA (Dario Fonseca, Mozambique) 29 min

THE ABYSS BOYS (Jan-Hendrik Beetge, Südafrika) 26 min

CRIES AT NIGHT (Oshosheni Hiveluah, Namibia) 13 min

BLOODSTONES (Didi Cheeka, Nigeria) 19 min

PUMZI (Wanuri Kahiu, Kenia) 20 min PRESTIGE (Walid Tayaa, Tunesien) 24 min

THE CAMERA (Julius Morno, Nigeria) 11 min

BIDENAM: THE HOPE OF A VILLAGE (Gentile M. Assih, Togo) 23 min

THE PAINTER (Winnie Gamisha, Uganda) 24 min

Africa 2010
Regie: various
3h 20min, Video, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
In Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut München
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PUNK IN AFRICA tells the striking story of a hidden, underground and banned movement. While young people in the West started to free themselves from traditional authoritarian power relations in the early 1960s and to make the acquaintance of rock ‘n’ roll and later long hair and punk, in South Africa the institutionalised racism of Apartheid still existed. With the advent of punk music in the mid-1970s, for the first time there was a home-grown youth culture and an opportunity to resist the oppression. read more


In 2010 South Africa was in the world’s focus with the soccer world championships. Word was about a chance for the entire continent. And: South Africa was meant to serve as an example for all the other countries. But the country has a problem that paralyses many areas of life: HIV/AIDS. The country’s HIV rate is one of the highest worldwide. The sources are to be found in the aftermath of apartheid and social change. THE LION ESCAPED shows people in the fight against AIDS: political personae, clerical staff and intellectuals; NGO employees, miracle healers and patients. read more