REVIEW: South African Short Films Night

Last night’s edition of Kijiweni Cinema was amazing! Not only were the films really well made and interesting, but the new set-up was great (the pallets and new cushions were an absolute hit with the audience) and the popcorn was fresh.

Hair That Moves was laugh out loud hilarious, but still managed to tug on people’s heartstrings introducing the audience to some of the coming of age issues affecting young Black girls in South Africa.

The Virgin Vegan was also pretty funny and enlightening in its discussion about Veganism and the interesting generational differences in African families that are brought about by globalization.

The Hangman was a beautifully shot, sobering, gut-wrenching fictional depiction of the very non-fictional legal process of capital punishment, and the inhumane treatment of prisoners on death row, which took place during the apartheid era in South Africa. It is definitely the type of movie that sticks on your mind days after. Apparently they are working on a full-feature length version of the film, and most people are caught in between looking forward to it and dreading the emotional paces they’ll be put through.

If you happened to miss this screening, fret not, the next Kijiweni Cinema will be on the second Tuesday of the next month —March 13, 2018 —as usual. In the meantime here are a few photos from last night.