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Øyakino: Sweet Micky for President with Pras of Fugees

Meet Ghetto Supastar a.k.a. Pras, as he heads to Oslo to present the European premiere of the brand new documentary SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT. The event is a collaboration between Films from the South, Oslo World Music Festival, Nordisk Film Kino and Øyafestivalen.

Netflix from the South

This year's Films from the South festival, the 8-18th of October, is our 25th festival. Not bad! A rough estimate shows that we've screened over 2000 films during these years of featuring movies from far off places. But how many of these titles are actually available for streaming at Netflix?

From farming to the red carpet in Cannes

Ethiopian first-time director Yared Zeleke hits Cannes Film Festival with SØRFOND supported LAMB. The film is included in the prestigious section Un Certain Regard 2015. He visited The Arab Film Days and we had a quick chat with him. 

Awards Films From the South 2014

Eleven days of film festival is almost over. We hope you have had a wonderful experience so far, and that you will continue to be our guests in the future. Here are the winners of the awards for 2014. 


Films from the South is over for now but the impressions of the audiences and the films will certainly last for longer. We spoke to three loyal festival goers about the films that left the biggest impressions this year.

Khalo Matabane and the great icon of liberation

Khalo Matabane’s films have tackled issues central to South Africa’s fragile democratic identity with sensitivity and intelligence. His documentaries have ranged in topics such as HIV/AIDS in Love in a Time of Sickness, the liberation struggle of three township activists with nothing in common in Young Lions to exposing the immigrant experience of Johannesburg in Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon. 

Jodorowsky visits Films from the South via Skype

Cult legend Alejandro Jodorowsky was meant to visit the Films from the South Festival 16th – 19th October as our guest of honour. Unfortunately he is prevented to travel due to illness, but will be present via Skype in correspondence with the announced artist talks and screenings. 

Closing Ceremony with Jodorowsky´s Dune

We called up the director of this years closing-film Frank Pavich, for a talk about his latest, much anticipated documentary; Jodorowsky´s Dune. The documentary about the greatest movie never made. Meet Pavich and Jodorowsky in conversation at the closing ceremony. 

Art, Satire and Freedom of Speech in South Africa

In the spring of 2012, Brett Murray exhibited his painting, The Spear, at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. Just weeks later he had been publicly condemned and he had received multiple death threats. Not long after, the painting was defaced. This is the starting point of Shield and Spear, a documentary film dealing with art and freedom of speech in present-day South Africa. We got the opportunity to ask Brett Murray some questions about the controversy surrounding his painting, about the situation in South Africa and about the film.

Beyond favelas

Latin America's largest country has experienced ups and downs in its long film history. After hitting rock bottom in the early 90s, Brazilian film has flourished again, and Brazil is currently one of the most exciting film nations in the world. Join us on a road trip through Brazil's modern film history- from the barren plains in the northeast, through the slums of Rio and out to the vibrant coastal city of Recife. 

Dealing with forced marriages

Director Afia Nathaniel depicts in her first feature film, Dukhtar, an extreme form of forced marriage, that between a child and an old man. The consequence is a mother and her daughter running for freedom. Nathaniel knows Pakistan well and what it means to be forced into marriage. She wants above all to make changes with her film.

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