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Night of Ideas

I am visible, therefore I am alive
Discussion on visibility in arts and public spaces

30 January 2020 |18.00 | Keyes Art Mile | Johannesburg

Visibility is the tinder that sparks individuality and personal identity. With visibility comes access to opportunities and the agency to make change. But what makes us visible? In the age of social media, is everything worth being made visible? What about the visibility of those who are often made invisible by their circumstances – poverty, gender, the elderly?
Join a panel discussion that will examine how different privileges influence the conversation, and language around our identity, deciding whether we are seen. The session will be moderated by renowned journalist Michelle Constant and feature three women who are active in their desire to make others more visible through their work in technology, the visual arts and documentary story-telling – "African Teen Geeks" founder Lindiwe Matlali, artist Gabrielle Goliath and filmmaker Arya Lalloo.

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16 January – 16 February 2020 | Online

MyFrenchFilmFestival, the world’s first online French film festival, organised by UniFrance, in partnership with the French Institute, is back from 16 January to 16 February 2020 for its 10th edition! This year, the festival is once again free in South Africa and in every country on the African continent. Throughout the month, you are able to watch a selection of 31 films, including 10 feature films and 10 short films in competition.

Film selection

Cinema Improvisando

A collection of French short films 

29 January 2020 | 19.30 | The Bioscope | Johannesburg

The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival is back this year from 25 January until 2 February, under the theme “Alle Menschen Werden Brüder”. The French Institute of South Africa is very happy to partner again this year with the festival and with the Bioscope to present the "Cinema Improvisando". Composer Paul Hanmer and his team will be improvising a soundtrack to a collection of short films by renowned French directors Jean Renoir, Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. The line-up includes "La Petite Vendeuse d'Allumettes" (1928), "L'Ecole des Facteurs" (1947) and "Une Histoire d'Eau" (1958).

> Facebook event
> JIMF programme
> Bookings at the Bioscope here
   All tickets = R100


Les Misérables 

From 17 January 2020 | Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg & Pretoria

French film Les Misérables has been released in South Africa on 17 January, by Videovision Entertainment through United International Pictures (Africa), in eleven participating cinemas in Cape Town, Durban, Joburg and Pretoria. The film has been on a winning streak since it has won the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, as well as winning the Best International Film and Best Screenplay awards at the Durban International Film Festival.  Les Misérables has now been selected for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. Inspired by the Paris riots of 2005, witnessed first-hand by director Ladj Ly, Les Misérables revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest. 
The film is showing in Rosebank Nouveau, Hyde Park, Parkview, Montecasino, Brooklyn Nouveau, V&A Nouveau, Tygervalley, Somerset Mall, The Labia, Gateway, the Pavilion.

> Trailer

Digital Lab Africa

Call for projects for DLA#4

Until 1 March 2020 | Johannesburg

The Digital Lab Africa call for applications is open to anyone from the field of digital content creation: artists, producers, designers, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in Sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region. The call targets innovative digital content from the perspective of form, storytelling and technologies used in one of these 5 categories: immersive realities, gaming, music, animation and digital art. The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard to creators and to make their project happen with the support of French & Sub-Saharan African leading companies in the creative industries.
Deadline to apply is 1st of March 2020

Apply here


Digital Story Time

1 February 2020 | 11.00
Dibuka @ AF Johanneburg

Dibuka has now reopened! For the first story time of the year, our story teller Nathalie Alexander will focus on the theme "Love is in the air" and will read the two beautiful following stories: The Big Flower (La Grande Fleur) by Yves Pinguilly and Maja Sereda and Tall (Grand) by Jez Alborough.
Open to children 2-6 y/o;  story time in both French and English
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DibuKlub (Special Open-Air)

With the Wind

12 February 2020 | 18.00

Dibuka @ AF Johannesburg

Film by Bettina Oberli (2017, 1h27 min, Drama) 
As part of MyFrenchFilmFestival, an open-air cinema will take place in the garden of the Alliance. Bring your blanket and wine to watch the poignant film With the Wind:
An isolated farm in a remote part of the Jura region: this is where Pauline and Alex are living in complete self-sufficient harmony with nature. Their life project is sealed by their love, their ideals and their work. The couple is now ready to take the step towards total independence, and start producing their own electricity. The arrival of Samuel, who comes to install a wind turbine, deeply troubles Pauline, upsetting their relationship and their values.
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