Silwerskerm takes film screenings to communities

11 August 2023

The kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival is partnering with the City of Cape Town and the Sunshine Cinema to take film screenings to communities in the city.

With the 2023 edition of Silwerskermfees just two weeks away, the festival will screen the first of three films part of its outreach programme in Hangberg this coming week.

The free screenings are facilitated by Sunshine Cinema which specialises in solar-powered film screenings.

Set in Hangberg with a cast from the fishing community, Showmax original Down So Long will be shown to residents at the Hangberg Recreational Centre on 18 August 2023.

The film premiered at the Silwerskerm Film Festival in 2022.

It tells the story of Joseph Mabena, who lives in an overcrowded house with his wife and extended family.

When he receives a substantial payout after losing his eye in a workplace incident, all his supposed loved ones care more about the money than his well-being.

During production, the Hangberg community also provided many of the film’s behind-the-scenes services including catering, security and medical services.

Silwerskerm Premiere

One of the festival premieres for this year Frankie and Felipé, a romantic comedy starring late Binnelanders actor Bradley Olivier and actor/comedian Solomon Cupido will also make a second debut at the Ravensmead Civic Centre on 23 August 2023.

Schotschekloof Hall in the Bo-Kaap will host the final community screening on 25 August with the showing of the festival’s other film premiere Old Righteous Blues.

The film chronicles one of the Western Cape’s cultural treasures, Christmas choir brigades.

Shot in Robertson with cast and crew from the community, the feature film will début at the Silwerskerm Film Festival on 23 August 2023.

All three films will be screened using the Sunshine Cinema’s mobile solar cinema.
Cast members will be in attendance at the events.

The screening schedule:

Friday 18 August
Hangberg Recreational Centre
Down So Long
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Wednesday 23 August
Ravensmead Civic Centre
Frankie& Felipé
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Friday 25 August
Bo-Kaap | Schotsche Kloof Hall
Old Righteous Blues
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Entrance for these Outreach screenings is free, on a first-come, first-served basis.