FREE PEOPLE’S FILM & IDEAS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

FREE PEOPLE’S FILM & IDEAS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME


 

FILM & IDEA FEST SYNOPSES
THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017

 


 

MINERS SHOT DOWN

TIME: 10:00-11:45

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 point of view 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, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

DIRECTOR: REHAD DESAI
YEAR: 2014
DURATION: 1H26MIN

 


 

(UN)FREEDOM DAY SPECIAL SCREENING

TIME: 12:00-14:15

A special screening of a never before released film on the truth about South Africa’s stolen billions and the conspiracy to cover it up.
A must see film for every South African, especially on (UN)FREEDOM DAY.

DIRECTOR- SECRET
YEAR- SECRET
DURATION- SECRET

FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED DISCUSSION ON STATE CAPTURE, ITS IMPACT ON ALL OF US AND HOW WE CAN UNCAPTURE SOUTH AFRICA.

 

 


 

FACILITATED DISCUSSION ON STATE CAPTURE

TIME: 12:00-14:15

A facilitated discussion on state capture, its impact on all of us; and how we can uncapture South Africa. This discussion will follow the special (UN)FREEDOM DAY screening


 

MONEY AS DEBT

TIME: 14:30-15:15

Essential viewing on money and the banking system. Money As Debt is a fast-paced and highly entertaining animated feature by artist Paul Grignon. It explains today's magically perverse DEBT-MONEY SYSTEM in terms that are easy to understand.

A popular and accessible introduction to money; how it is created and controlled.

DIR: PAUL GRIGNON
DUR: 45MIN
YEAR: 2006

 


 

4 KEYS TO RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

TIME: 14.30-16.30

YAJ CHETTY is a medical doctor by training with a keen interest in radical economic transformation, especially monetary and tax reform and public banking. He regularly writes and comments on the media on issues of monetary and banking reform.

He was a member of South African New Economics and is currently leads the chapter of First Source Money in Cape Town. Yaj was educated in South Africa, Swaziland and Scotland. Yaj is also an alternative energy entrepreneur

Yaj will screen Money as Debt followed by a presentation and discusses on 4 pillars for radical economic transformation"

  • Land tax
  • Minimum basic income
  • Monetary Reform
  • Public Banks

This discussion follows the MONEY AS DEBT screening

 


 

THE GIANT IS FALLING

TIME: 16:30-18:45

The giant is falling takes a sweeping look at the big political events of recent years that signify the end of an era in South Africa. With declining popularity at the polls and the real possibility of losing the comfortable majority the party has enjoyed for two decades, the big debate in South Africa is whether or not the ANC can recover its reputation as the most respected liberation movement in the world?

Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises.

Bookmarked by the 2016 Local Elections, The Giant is Falling asks why South Africa, a middle-income country, rich in mineral wealth has failed to address inequality in 22 years of democracy and why the gap between rich and poor is growing.

From the break with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent crushing electoral losses at the polls for the ANC, this film provides an unflinching look at the festering sore of inequality that is making the current situation untenable. The question is when the status quo breaks, what will replace it?

DIRECTOR: REHAD DESAI
YEAR: 2016
DURATION: 1H17MIN

 


 

FILM & IDEA FEST SYNOPSES
FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017

 


 

INCORRUPTIBLE

TIME: 12:00-14:00

In the Spring of 2011, Senegal was pitched into crisis when President Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term.

An artist-led youth movement erupted to protect one of Africa' oldest and most stable democracies. In a time where democracy is under siege in many parts of the world, 'Incorruptible' (formerly 'An African Spring') offers a positive, hopeful example while at the same time honestly examining the sustainability of a people's movement, and the role that youth are taking in shaping the future of their own country.

DIRECTORS:      ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI
YEAR:                  2015
DURATION:        1H34MIN

TRAILER: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi754889241?ref_=ttvi_vi_imdb_1

 

 


 

STEALING AFRICA

TIME-14:30-15:30

Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is gely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians.

Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed.

Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOFFER GULDBRANDSEN
YEAR: 2013
DURATION: 58 MINUTES

 


 

NOT YET UHURU- WHAT NEXT FOR FEES MUST FALL AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN OUR LIFETIME

TIME: 14:30-16:30

FEES MUST FALL leader BONGINKOSI KANYILE who was incarcerated without bail for his role in the student movement for economic justice has just graduated Cum Laude from the Durban University of Technology,

He talks to us about the next phase of the FEES MUST FALL MOVEMENT and the steps for economic and financial freedom in our lifetime.

BONGINKOSI KANYILE was a management student at the Durban University of Technology. He was incarcerated without bail for his role in the student movement for economic justice. He recently graduated Cum Laude.

This discussion follows the Stealing Africa screening

 


 

CAPITALISM A LOVE STORY

TIME: 16.30-18.45

Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans- and by default, the rest of the world.

But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film goers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent.

Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal... and 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

Capitalism: A Love Story is both a culmination of Moore's previous works and a look into what a more hopeful future could look like.

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MOORE
YEAR: 2009
DURATION: 2H07MIN

 


 

FILM & IDEA FEST SYNOPSES
DATE: SATURDAY, 29 APRIL

 


 

CONFESSIONSOF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN

TIME: 10:00-11:45

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is based on a book written by John Perkins about his career with as a self-described "economic hit man"- highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources.

Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

Perkins' function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins contends that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled.

DIRECTOR: Stelios Kouloglou
YEAR: 2007
DURATION: 1H30MIN

 


 

FOUR HORSEMEN

TIME: 12:00-14:15

 This is not a religious documentary, but the disaster it outlines is almost biblical in its scope. The four horsemen of the title refers to US-led financial wrongdoings, escalating violence, deplorable conditions of poverty, and looming environmental catastrophe.

The film contends that the driving force behind this doomsday plot is the new morality in America: money. The country has gone far afield from a true free market system where wealth is shared and benefits all. Capitalism may be on the brink of extinction. Today, in the midst of massive deregulation and corporate greed, the country's financial institutions are operating only in their own self-interests. Politicians are owned by corporations, and the wars they wage are merely vehicles to drive profits.

In the film's estimation, the real threat lies with an American public that generally accepts the misinformation they're fed without question or protest. Millions have lost their homes and life savings, and their children are being killed in unnecessary wars. Are the American people fearful of taking a stand, or simply not understanding of the complexities at play? Whatever the reason, Four Horsemen hopes to educate this audience, rally their collective outcry, and inspire a movement for change.

DIRECTOR: RICHARD ASHCROFT
YEAR: 2012
DURATION: 1H37MIN

 


 

HOW BANKS CREATE MONEY OUT OF NOTHING

TIME: 14:30-16:30

 

Redge Nkosi explains the truth about banks and money creation; how banks create money out of nothing; and how we can have our own publically owned banks. This is the most important truth about money that we all need to know and understand- how it is created and who controls it.

Redge Nkosi is the founder of First Source Money and The South African Public Banking Forum. He is also a member of the steering committee of the International Movement for Monetary Reform and a researcher, policy adviser, strategist and advocate for monetary reform and public banking.

 


 

KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU

TIME: 16.30-18.45

It is the height of apartheid, and Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu is a 19-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi. After a brutal beating at the hands of the police, he goes into exile to join the liberation movement.

After undergoing military training in Angola, he is joined by friend and comrade Mondy who, in a heated incident, loses control and ends up shooting two innocent people in downtown Johannesburg.

While Mondy is severely beaten and tortured, Kalushi faces a daunting trial in which the State seeks the highest punishment – death by hanging.

DIRECTOR: MANDLA DUBE
YEAR: 2017
DURATION: 1H05MIN

 


 

FILM & IDEA FEST SYNOPSES
SUNDAY, APRIL 2017

 


 

THE END OF POVERTY?

TIME:12:00-14:15

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.

Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates The End of Poverty?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. To maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink into poverty.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, The End of Poverty? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.

DIRECTOR:        PHILIPPE DIAZ
YEAR:                  2008
DURATION:        1H46MIN

 


 

THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING

TIME: 14:30-15:45

The further adventures of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno — not that those are necessarily their real names — are chronicled in “The Yes Men Are Revolting”- the last of the infamously famous trilogy of films that expose global corporations through absurd staging of pranks and concoction of fake news.

The prankster activists, gonzo film-makers here turn their imaginative shaming schemes toward those corporations and governments doing little to address (when they’re not actively enabling) the escalating global-warming crisis.

Co-directed with Laura Nix, the duo’s follow-up to “The Yes Men” (2003) and “The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009) is another entertaining, hilarious and provocative mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography that expands on the prior films’ success on the fest circuit worldwide.

DIRECTORS: ANDY BICHLBAUM, MIKE BONANNO, LAURA NIX
YEAR: 2014
DURATION: 1H31MIN

 


 

CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY

TIME: 16:30-18:45

Jihan El Tahri’s 2007 documentary “CUBA! AFRICA! REVOLUTION!” (aka “Cuba, an African Odyssey”) tells the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions. This documentary unravels the story of the so-called Cold War, through the prism of its least known arena: Africa. Against colonialism, capitalism, and communism, the newly independent nations attempted for the first time to gain real control of their own countries. From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo, up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries.

From the tragicomic epic of Che Guevara in Congo, to the triumph at the battle of Cuito Carnavale in Angola, Cuba: An African Odyssey attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these internationalists who won every battle, but finally lost the war.

ALT. NAME: CUBA! AFRICA! REVOLUTION!

DIRECTOR: JIHAN EL-TAHRI
YEAR: 2007
DURATION: 1H58MIN

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