29 July - 5 August 2010

Screening a range of exciting and thought-provoking documentary feature films tackling pertinent subjects
affecting all our lives
@ THE LABIA THEATRE - 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, ZA
Booking info: 021 424 5927


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[ screened daily from 29 JUL - 5 AUG ]

South African Theatrical Premiere

Michael Campbell is one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent 'Land Reform' program in 2000.
Since then the country has descended into chaos.

In 2008 Mike took the unprecedented step of challenging President Robert Mugabe in an International Court; accusing Robert Mugabe and his government of racial discrimination and violations of basic human rights. What follows is an intimate, moving and often terrifying account of one man and his family’s extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality.

Set against the tumultuous 2008 Presidential elections Mugabe and the White African follows Mike and son-in-law Ben Freeth's harrowing attempt to save their farm and with it the homes and livelihoods of 500 black workers and their families. Filmed over 12 months, a gripping courtroom drama unfolds whilst all the time Mike, his family and the farm workers face the all too real threats of Mugabe's wrath on the farm. After months of frightening threats and a horrific attack the Court’s judges finally rule on Mike’s case.
What will Mugabe's reaction be towards them for daring to bring the case?

Much of this film was shot covertly. To have been caught filming would have meant imprisonment.

Please Note: Confirmation is pending on a special guest speaker attending the opening screening, and possibly further shows

"Surely one of the best documentaries of the year”
- Time Out

"Compelling, nerve shattering, tremendously moving cinema” - Empire

"Excellent, moving anti-racist documentary. One of the most powerful documentaries ever seen" - Daily Mail


Winner: Best Feature Documentary,
British Independent Film Awards 2009

Winner: Grand Jury Prize,
Silverdocs Film Festival, USA 2009

Winner: Special Jury Award,
Hamptons Film Festival, USA 2009

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[ FRI 30 JUL 6:15pm / WED 4 AUG 8:30pm ]

South African Theatrical Premiere

Award-winning tattoo artist Brandon Bond and his colleagues took it upon themselves to rescue & rehab some of the over
70 pitbulls used in the illegal dogfighting ring facilitated by football legend Michael Vick.
The loyal, loving Pit Bull breed has been stigmatized as evil due to its use in illegal practices like dogfights
- but dogs merely reflect their handlers...

A heart-wrenching and courageous documentary (directed by Bond himself) standing up for all underdogs, from abused animals, alternative people like those with tattoos, parolees and others marginalized by society.

The movie also examines the life of Brandon Bond and his struggle with balancing fame, fortune and the Rock-N-Roll tattoo lifestyle with a more fulfilling life that focuses on the betterment of both animals and society as a whole.

Featuring celebrities like Debbie and Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Pixie Acia and Donal Logue, the movie takes you on an incredible journey you will never forget!

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[ SAT 31 JUL 4pm ]

The mind-blowing documentary ZEITGEIST is the most viewed motion picture on the internet. The award-winning movie takes a staggering look at the lies sold to the world via media, politicians and those standing to benefit.

From religion and the 9/11 attacks, to the Bush family and the world bank, this is not just a conspiracy theorist's dream come true, but a shocking exposition on how the world's population is being manipulated.

Just like you needn't believe everything you see on TV, it is up to you to absorb the information in ZEITGEIST and process it as you choose - but, even if you have a pre-conceived idea on what you'll encounter with this documentary, the revelations from structural architects and firemen on the high probability that the World Trade Centre and adjacent buildings we're brought down by controlled detonations is enough to turn your blood cold!

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[ SAT 31 JUL 6:15pm / TUES 3 AUG 6:15pm / THUR 5 AUG 8:30pm ]

South African Theatrical Premiere

"GasHole" is a new documentary film about the history
of Oil prices and the future of alternative fuels.

The film, narrated by Peter Gallagher, features interviews with a wide range of viewpoints from US Department of Energy Officials, Congressional leaders both Democrat and Republican, Alternative Fuel Producers, Alternative Fuel Consumers (such as actor Joshua Jackson), Professors of Economics and Psychology and more...

Directed by Jeremy Wagener & Scott D. Roberts, the film takes a wide, yet detailed examination of our dependence on foreign supplies of Oil.

What are the causes that led from America turning from a leading exporter of oil to the world's largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution?

The film examines many different potential solutions to our oil dependence. Starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumer's reluctance to embrace alternatives.

This is not just an Ameroican crisis, but a global one.
If you buy gas, you should see this movie!

“Infuriating.....Hard Hitting......"
- Rob Nelson, Variety

"GASHOLE'S mix of history and classic muckraking pulls back the curtain on the hidden hand of the Oil Industry, exposing how it steals from our bank accounts, our economy, and our climate. If you buy gasoline, this is a must see film!"
- Judy Dugan, former LA Times Reporter and current Research Director of CONSUMERWATCHDOG/OILWATCHDOG.ORG

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[ SAT 31 JUL 8:30pm / MON 2 AUG 6:15pm ]

South African Theatrical Premiere

"...may be to the U.S. economy what 'An Inconvenient Truth' was to the environment"

Wake up, America! We're on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens.

With surgical precision, Creadon interweaves archival footage and economic data to paint a vivid and alarming profile of America's current economic situation. The ultimate power of I.O.U.S.A. is that the film moves beyond doomsday rhetoric to proffer potential financial scenarios and propose solutions about how we can recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations.

Creadon uses candid interviews and his featured subjects include Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O'Neill, Robert Rubin, and Paul Volcker, along with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's own David Walker and Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, a Foundation grantee.

Pointedly topical and consummately nonpartisan, I.O.U.S.A. drives home the message that the only time for America's financial future is now.

With America's super-power status, what affects them, affects the world and all of us.

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[ SUN 1 AUG 4pm ]

'Zeitgeist, The Movie' and 'Zeitgeist: Addendum' were created to communicate highly important social understandings which most of the world's population are generally not aware of.
The first film focuses on suppressed historical & modern information about currently dominant social institutions, while also exploring what could be in store for humanity if the power structures at large continue their patterns of self-interest, corruption, and consolidation.

The second film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other "establishment" notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.

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(La Minaccia)

[ SUN 1 AUG 6:15pm / MON 2 AUG 8:30pm / WED 4 AUG 6:15pm ]

South African Theatrical Premiere

“Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution are the greatest threat since the time of the Soviet Union and communism” - Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela, U.S. Army, 2006

This is the starting point for a journey across the country, which gave rise to the “red wave” in Latin America. Does Venezuela represent the dream of a new socialist society or is it just another distortion of populism and dictatorship?
A trip with President Chavez over the largest oil reserve in the world, situated beneath the Orinoco river, becomes the occasion in which to enter into the lives of Venezuelans, nine years after the beginning of the Bolivarian revolution. The government missions to fight illiteracy and hunger, the creation of a public health care system and the development of an economy based on cooperative work are some of the achievements which characterize the Chavez era.

On the other hand are the country’s 60 violent deaths a week and its collapsing hospitals, the closure of the most popular television channel, the old European immigrants in flight, the opposition black list and the ubiquitous government propaganda.

Venezuela en route to socialism: is this still possible in our post-ideological times?

Directed by Sylvia Luzi & Luca Bellino

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[ SUN 1 AUG 8:30pm / TUE 3 AUG 8:30pm / THUR 5 AUG 6:15pm ]

UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US tells the story of the controversial Black Metal music genre which was born in Norway and expanding across Europe (and the globe) during the 1990s, as a fiercely anti-Christian barrage with a sonic overload. With highly publicized media cases of murder, suicide and church burnings associated with many of the bands, this evolution of the Heavy Metal genre made society sit up and take note once again, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

This enthralling documentary investigates all aspects of this movement with some highly informative interviews with leaders and pioneers of the genre, accompanied by an explosive soundtrack.

The filmmakers moved to Norway and lived with the bands for several years to get to the root of it all.

Features Varg Vikerness, Gylve Nagell, Jan Axel Blomberg, Harmony Korine, Kjetil Haraldstad & others.
Music by Burzum, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Gogoroth, Mayhem, Ulver, Black Dice, Sunn O))), Boards Of Canada, Lesser.

Directed by Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell
Age Restriction: 16

The movie made its South African big screen debut at the
Sound On Screen Music Film Festival

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