DIFF: Africa’s biggest film festival hits the city
Nomfundo Khumalo and Sanelisiwe A. Mabaso
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) celebrates 40 years of history, film making and the industry that surrounds film. This year’s DIFF is focused on uniting Africa through film.
The festival is presented by the University of KwaZulu- Natal Centre for Creative Arts and is set to take place on the 18th till the 28th of July in various venues around Durban.
Dr Lliane Loots, Acting Director at the Centre for Creative Arts at UKZN said that the festival celebrates South African history, a history that has cognately navigated and challenged South Africa.
“A history beset by politics of racism and exclusion, of censorship and the silencing of critical voices, we join the decolonising movement that asks us to find a way to honour what is local and what comes from within,” said Loots.
DIFF’s 40th edition is a reminder of the power of film, of all critical arts to constantly be conscience of nations.
One of the free public venues is the Denis Hurley Centre. Director of the Centre, Raymond Perrier said that he hopes the festival attracts a variety of people to the Centre,
“We are a community centre, a busy one. We are hoping that we draw different kinds of people for the screening, the people who are already here, homeless people, refugees using clinic, homeless people who comes here for meals and people who never come to this part of town. We always try to create activities that gives a middle class people a reason to come this part of town,” he said.
The DIFF programme is available online.