The Mzansi Women Film Festival is set to take place from 5-7 August at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
This festival started in 2013 and is hosted in South Africa every August. It was inspired by the 1956 march of women to Pretoria in protest against Apartheid.
The Mzansi Women Film Festival celebrates cinematic works of women and about women from all over the globe. It aims to recognise and acknowledge the role women play in the film and television industry, while educating, informing and entertaining the audience on social ,political and economical issues affecting women throughout the world.
This year the film Alison The Movie produced by award winning South African filmmaker and writer, Uga Carlini, will open the festival on 5 August.
Uga Carlini’s hybrid feature film on Alison Botha is a deeply personal and emotional story of triumph and survival. Using a creative and innovative fairytale aesthetic, Uga Carlini’s film is a poetic and insightful exploration of trauma and overcoming that is highly suited to be showcased at festivals such as The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival.
“I’m only just getting used to the fact that there is a movie out there about ME (no – not at all – still not used to it) – and now I’m supposed to cope with the fact that it’s the OPENING FILM of the inspiring, awesome Mzansi Women’s Film Festival. What an honour! I think I’ll just go back into my bubble and pretend it’s all a dream – that’s pretty much what it feels like. I’m hoping to see you all there” expresses Alison Botha.