Joburg Film Festival 2024: A Preview of Cinematic Excellence

With less than a month remaining until the highly anticipated 2024 edition of the Joburg Film Festival, film enthusiasts and cinephiles are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of a captivating lineup of over 60 titles. Organized in collaboration with partner MultiChoice, this year’s festival promises to be a celebration of storytelling diversity, featuring a rich tapestry of films from both local talents and international auteurs.

Scheduled to commence on Tuesday, February 27th, and running through Sunday, March 3rd, the Joburg Film Festival will transform various locations across Johannesburg into bustling hubs of cinematic exploration and cultural exchange. From thought-provoking documentaries to gripping dramas and visually stunning narratives, the festival aims to showcase the power of storytelling in all its forms.

A Diverse Showcase of Films

Among the standout selections featured in this year’s lineup are:

Perfect Days

Directed by the renowned Wim Wenders, Perfect Days offers a meditative exploration of the life of Hirayama, a Tokyo-based toilet cleaner with a passion for music and photography. As his past unfolds through unexpected encounters, audiences are treated to a poignant portrayal of human connection and introspection.

Evil Does Not Exist

Winner of the prestigious Venice Festival, Evil Does Not Exist follows the story of Takumi, a single parent living with his daughter in the tranquil wilderness, whose peaceful existence is disrupted by the construction of a glamping site. This thought-provoking film explores themes of nature, parenthood, and societal change.

Mami Wata

A visually stunning fantasy thriller co-produced by Nigeria, France, and the United Kingdom, Mami Wata takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey into the heart of the Iyi village, where villagers worship the mermaid deity Mami Wata. As children begin to disappear and a warlord exerts control, two sisters embark on a quest to save their community and restore Mami Wata’s legacy.

Under the Hanging Tree

Representing Namibia’s entry for the Oscars, Under the Hanging Tree delves into the tumultuous world of a troubled police officer in the Kalahari desert. As she grapples with a horrific murder and the ghosts of colonialism, audiences are drawn into a gripping tale of redemption and resilience.


A haunting tale of family and darkness, Snake follows the arrival of a mysterious stranger on a rural farm, whose presence threatens to unravel the lives of those around him. As secrets come to light, one girl must confront the truth to protect her loved ones from harm.

Life Through His Lens: Sam Nzima

This documentary pays tribute to the life and work of renowned photojournalist Sam Nzima, offering a profound insight into his contributions to South African history and journalism.

Bye Bye Tiberias

An insightful coming-of-age documentary, Bye Bye Tiberias follows a young Palestinian woman as she pursues her dream of becoming an actress, grappling with familial expectations and cultural identity along the way.

Yellow Bus

Set across four different countries, Yellow Bus explores the journey of a grieving mother seeking truth and justice in the face of adversity.

Tiger Stripes

Winner of the Grand Prize in Critics’ Weeks at Cannes, Tiger Stripes is a multinational co-production that follows the journey of an 11-year-old girl as she discovers a terrifying secret about herself and learns to embrace her identity.

Umkhonto Wesizwe – Mandela’s Secret Army

This documentary chronicles the lives of former Umkhonto we Sizwe members, offering an intergenerational reflection on their sacrifices for a free South Africa.

A Platform for Cultural Exchange

In addition to screenings, the Joburg Film Festival will feature Q&A sessions with filmmakers, red carpet premieres, and opportunities for audiences to interact with industry professionals. This year, multinational banking institute Absa joins the festivities as a partner, reaffirming their commitment to supporting African storytelling and cultural enrichment.

Candice Thurston, Absa’s Managing Executive for Brand and Marketing, expressed the institute’s enthusiasm for the partnership, emphasizing their shared dedication to empowering communities through the arts.

Don’t Miss Out!

Tickets for the Joburg Film Festival will be available on Quicket, South Africa’s premier online ticketing platform, starting this Friday. Whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or simply looking to explore the world through film, don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of storytelling at one of Africa’s premier film festivals.

For a full listing of films and screening schedules, visit and embark on a cinematic journey of discovery and enlightenment.

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