Beating the drum for 2010

THE fourth annual Africa on Screen Film Festival, scheduled to take place from Thursday to July 3, promises to be a titillating affair.

Taking place in Newtown at Museum Africa, the Sci Bono Discovery Centre and Art on Main in Johannesburg, the festival features more than 30 films, including features, documentaries and short films.

Also on the menu are soccer-related films in celebration of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

According to Lara Preston, organiser of the event, the festival has a wide range of films to appeal to all with subjects that run the gamut of human experience.

The festival includes free daily screenings and workshops at Museum Africa from 10.30am to 4.30pm daily. The Sci Bono Discovery Centre will host a schedule of films as part of the Soccer Film Festival. Three free evening events will take place at Arts on Main.

A programme of workshops will run daily. The programmes will include a full day of Francophone films, a full day of soccer films from across Africa, the fourth annual Africa on Screen Film Festival, the South African premiere of the film The Cradock Murders - Matthew Goniwe and the Demise of Apartheid.

On the bill is also a full day of short films by students from institutions including Wits University, City Varsity and the University of Johannesburg .

A number of South African film premieres will also take place.

These include the films The Team that Never Played, an Australian and South African co-production that focuses on the un-sung soccer legends of the apartheid era, Come Guerilla, Steve Kwena Mokwena's newest film about Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres, and Mad Cow, among others.

Full schedule details are available on the Africa on Screen Facebook page.