Film festival in Durban to highlight ocean conservation

Posted by Gabrielle Jacobs on 9 July 2019

The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival is ready to hit the shore ahead of the 40th Durban International Film Festival (which goes from 18 to 28 July 2019).

Of the 180 screenings at this year’s Durban International Film Festival, the Wavescape collective will comprise a cool 19 of those films and documentaries screened from Sunday 21 July.

This year’s offerings include films and documentaries from local shores, as well as productions from the Falkland Islands, Tahiti and the Arctic Circle.

Film titles worth looking out for include Can’t Steal Our Vibe, set in Cape Town and covering how surfing meets humanity; Emocean, described as a love-letter to the ocean; Satori Film, an introspective ‘big-wave’ drama about the surf industry; and Nordurland, about three friends who ride some remote waves in the stark Arctic Circle surfscape.

Two doccies to check out are Andy Irons: Kissed by God, about mental health and addiction, as well as Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story, which tells the story of one would-be California Girl’s ambition and tough journey to success.

This year the Wavescape festival will also be hosting Slide Night, an event that usually takes places around the end of the year, featuring informative talks and discussions on pressing matters such as science, sustainability, adventure, and activism in a fun night at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) at uShaka Marine World on Thursday 25 July.

Image from ‘Andy Irons: Kiss of God’, Todd and Steve Jones (2018)

Venues

– Bay of Plenty lawns, 7pm, Sunday 21 July
– Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine World, 6.30pm, Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 July
– Ster-Kinekor, Musgrave Mall, 6.30pm, Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 July
– Slide Night, SAAMBR Conference Centre, uShaka Marine World, 7pm, Thursday 25 July

The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival runs from Sunday 21 July to Friday 26 July. Tickets for screenings can be purchased via Quicket. The Wavescape programme can be viewed here.

Image: via Wavescape, Todd and Steve Jones

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