WIN: RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival

19 February 2019

The fourth annual RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of featured directors, ramping up the anticipation for the festivities, which will run at the Market Theatre this March. The selection of directors, like the films on offer, is varied, including documentary filmmakers, short film specialists and seasoned feature film directors.

The strong presence of filmmakers bodes well for creative cross pollination and intercultural dialogue across the BRICS countries, enhancing RapidLion’s profile as an unmissable event on the international cultural calendar.

Among the heavy-hitters slated to speak is director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, and producer Layla Swart whose film Sew The Winter to My Skin presents the true story of John Kepe, dubbed the “Samson of the Boschberg Mountains”.

Representing China is director Da Fei, whose feature length film, Silent Winter, is about the lengths people would go to, to have offspring or to protect their family from the supposed stigma of childlessness. The film will screen twice, first on March 7 (5pm) and again on March 9 (1.30pm).

Angela Matemotja, whose film Elevate, tells the story of a dispatch operator who struggles to complete just one day of healthy eating while being body shamed. Matemotja will participate in two Q&A sessions on two consecutive days, the first on March 7 at 10.30am and the second on March 8 at 17h30 hours.

Another Chinese film being screened and followed by a Q&A session is Zhang Taihai’s Whack. The film, screening at 5pm on March 3, 2019, depicts the story of 39-year-old kickboxer Hongbing, a fighter close to retirement who must deal with a string of intertwined family dynamics and his fading fortunes.

There is also a strong selection of shorts, with Rafeeqah Galant’s 13-minute film In The Light of Fire being screened twice (on March 2 at 11am and March 8 at 12 noon).

Some of the short films to be screened in the presence of their directors fall under the ambit of the festival’s LBGTQI shorts, which explore the lives of characters in varying environments. Adetokumboh M’Cormack’s 18-minute film Irish Goodbye, directed and acted by McCormack, tells the story of a young, closeted gay man who is a conflicted but devout Muslim refugee from Syria. Representing his directorial debut, Irish Goodbye will screen on March 1, the opening day, at 2pm.

The Details:

Dates: 1 – 10 March 2019

Times: Various

Venue: Market Theatre

Tickets: Available at Webtickets – range from R155 day passes to R1750 all-access passes. Weekend passes, tickets for each individual day, as well as tickets for film producer Jan Harlan’s three master classes are also available at discounted prices for students.

RapidLion recognises the achievements and excellence of filmmakers who are born in Africa, are members of the African diaspora and are citizens of BRICS countries. The 2019 festival will take place from the 1st to the 10th of March at the Market Theatre, in Johannesburg.

For more information on RapidLion please visit or keep it social on their handles below:

Facebook: Rapid Lion & The Market Theatre

Twitter: @RapidLionFilm & @Market Theatre

Instagram: @markettheatre





We support local. We support Africa! Double Tickets to the opening night AND  double tickets for a Weekend Pass to be won.

To Win:

1 – Share this link on your social media (IG, Twitter OR Facebook) AND Tag your Film/Movie Festival Friend

2 – Follow to Likers Of things on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

3 – ANSWER: Tell us which of the screenings you are looking forward to the most.

The Ts & Cs

Only online entries will be considered. You may enter as many times as you like.

Competition closes Wednesday 27th February 2019 a5pm. Winners will be notified via email.

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