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BIOSCOPE du 15/08/2017



18 - 24 Aug
The Foxy Five 

The Foxy Five is a web-series that deals with issues of intersectional feminism and follows the lives of five womxn who are finding themselves in the young democracy that is Cape Town.

Each womxn represents a different struggle and ideal within feminism. Despite their ideological differences and the clashes they often cause, the Five are a tight-nit sisterhood that always manages to band together in overcoming The Man. And as you watch each episode you get insight into each character’s life and personal struggles.

Tickets R45


15 - 22 Aug
This Week At The Bioscope

Tue 15 Aug: Special Screening of: Blaxploitalian 7:30pm
Wed 16 Aug: Special Commemorative Screening of: Miners Shot Down 7:30pm
Thur 17 Aug: Soweto to Zanzibar 7pm
Fri 18 Aug: The Foxy Five 7:30pm
Sat 19 Aug: The Foxy Five 6pm, 8pm
Sun 20 Aug: The Foxy Five 3,5,7pm
Mon 21 Aug: The Foxy Five 7:30pm
Tue 22 Aug: The Foxy Five 7:30pm

16 Aug. 7:30pm
Special Commemorative Screening of: Miners Shot Down

Proceeds of this screening will go towards The Marikana Support Campaign.

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.

Using the POV of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down, follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Tickets R45
EVERY SUNDAY 11am - 2pm
Sunday Cinema


Enjoy a selection of short films on rotation, for free, every Sunday here at The Bioscope. A great chance to experience the cinema while enjoying all that Maboneng has to offer on a Sunday. The selection includes Place of Light, a short film chronicling the history of the precinct. 

Free Entrance
From 1 Sep
Strike a Rock

Directed by: Aliki Saragas. 87mins

In a deeply personal journey, Strike A Rock follows two women activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company, Lonmin. Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana are best friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc. This was the company at the heart of the Marikana Massacre of 2012, when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. Apart from underpaying workers, Lonmin has consistently reneged on legal obligations to provide housing and infrastructure to local people affected by the mine. Since the 2012 massacre, the living conditions that caused the strike have deteriorated further. This is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against. When Primrose enters the world of national politics and leaves Marikana, Thumeka is left alone to lead the campaign to hold Lonmin to account. Meanwhile, Primrose’s role as a Member of Parliament creates an uncomfortable distance between her and her friend and she struggles to maintain a connection with the community she cares so deeply for. The film raises the question about where the power lies to affect social change. If companies like Lonmin ignore the law, and if the state refuses to enforce it, then surely the only option left is for people to fight on the ground.

As part of this run we will be doing a food drive for the people that form part of Sikhala Sonke. There will be a collection point in the foyer of The Bioscope where you can donate any non-perishable foods.

Tickets R45
25 - 29 Aug
Classic Movie Club: Edward Scissorhands

From the sold out successes of Classic Movie Sundays over the years, comes Classic Movie Club, the extended runs of classic cinema here at The Bioscope.

Now you have yourself more chance to enjoy the best cult cinema, along with original merchandise, themed pizzas and many more special touches that you can only get here at The Bioscope. Inspired by director Tim Burton's birthday on 25 August, we couldn't think of a better film to launch the club than the iconic Edward Scissorhands.

We're working with online store Limited Edish to sell limited edition prints of the original poster artwork by Elio Moavero. Order the A3 block mounted poster for an additional R320 when you purchase your ticket. Collect the print at the cinema when you come for the movie.
Bioscope Tickets: R30
Ticket + A3 Block mount of poster: R350
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Directed by: Tim Burton 
1h 45min
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Tickets from R30
Tue 15 Aug
Special Screening of: Blaxploitalian

"Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Black in Italian Cinema"it's a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: African-American and African descent actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles.

From the un-credited Black actor who appeared in the 1915 film “Salambo”, to World War II American expatriates, to those native born, for multiple generations Black actors have established, and continue, a rich history of performance and cultural significance in Italian cinema.  

Thus the alternative aim is for “BlaxploItalian” to serve as a call-to-action, with the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences into calling for an enhanced practicing of ethnic and racial diversity On and Off Screen within the international film/media industries. 

Kuwornu will follow the screening participating at a panel with Sifiso Khanyile Producer/Director of the Award-winning documentary “Uprize!”(2017); Bridget Pickering Executive Producer on the 2004 Oscar nominated film Hotel Rwanda; Thandeka Zwana National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF); Dr.Nyasha Mboti Head of Department of Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg; Firdoze Bulbulia President of the International Centre of Films for Children and Young People; Lungelo Kuzwayo director and teacher at ADFO Film School.

Tickets R35



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