South African Films

A selection of great films from South Africa, including a documentary on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, captivating The Wound, and stranger than fiction Vaya.

The Giant is Falling

Director Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down, SFF 2014) looks back at South Africa's recent past, questioning why the optimism following Mandela's 1994 election win has floundered.


Stranger than fiction, the true stories at the heart of Akin Omotosoi's Vaya came out of a writing workshop for homeless people in Johannesburg.


Winner of Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a fascinating portrait of South Africa's 'mother of the nation' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The Wound

In this captivating look at African masculinity and sexuality, a young man is threatened when his deepest secret is discovered during a traditional male initiation ceremony.