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Inaugural Africa Rising Film Fest to challenge old, embrace new

The inaugural Africa Rising International Film Festival (Ariff) will be as part of the Global Festival Week in South Africa from 26-29 November 2018. In honour of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu's centennial, the festival aims to challenge old norms, while embracing technology and increasing youthful audiences in Africa. In an effort to facilitate global conversations about how Africa is rising dynamically, through film, Ariff will use technology to shine a spotlight on the craft of storytelling from the continent and the diaspora. The film festival will open with filmmaker Kagiso Lediga’s much-lauded coming of age film Matwetwe, which is produced by Lediga and international DJ Black Coffee making his first transition into feature films, and a soundtrack featuring hip-hop sensation Cassper Nyovest.