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by Mahala Scribes / 16.07.2015

The 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) opens tonight and will be blowing up the beach-city’s bioscopes for the next 10 days! This may be the only time watching too much TV is strongly recommended – so go get your eyes squared and soak in the magic of movies…

The festival is taking place from 16 – 26 July and the programme is vast and varied, with local and international short films, features and documentaries being screened at cinemas, galleries and public spaces in and around the city.

Download your DIFF programme right here (if you don’t have one yet sleepy head) and get in the mood by checking out the awesome DIFF trailer showcasing our vibrant cityscape, created by local filmmakers, Scholars & Gentlemen.

The festival opens tonight at the Suncoast Surpernova Cinema with the South African film, Ayanda, directed by Sarah Blecher of Othelo Burning fame, and set in the Afropolitan community of Yeoville in Jo’burg. Ayanda is a coming-of-age story about a fly young girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she decides to take over the family biz – a vintage car workshop – after her father passes away.

Don’t miss out on the opening of Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the Bay of Plenty lawns on Sunday 19 July, where a free feast of surf films will be screened against the backdrop of ocean ambiance. Durban winter promises clear skies and kif vibes!

The lineup includes Mentawai, Narcose, Arctic Swell and Attractive Distractions. Check out the trailer for Attractive Distractions below (excuse the analogy between women and waves, surfers aren’t famous for their brains!)

If you’re strapped for cash, that’s no excuse! Free screenings are going down at Luthuli Museum, eKhaya Multi-Arts Centre, Denis Hurley Centre, Albert Park
, Durban Music School and 
Sizakala Centre.

Stay tuned for news and reviews right here on Mahala and follow DIFF on Facebook and Twirra #DIFF2015. Viva!


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