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Jozi Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, a first in Soweto

Forty films will be showcased at this year’s festival.

Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The annual Jozi Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and will showcase some of the latest films being produced locally and internationally.

Screenings have been scheduled at three venues across the city and this year's line-up includes a wide collection of short films, documentaries and a series of talks that stretch into the weekend.

This is the fifth festival and 2016 is the very first time the event will reach audiences in Soweto.

Ticket buyers in the area can look forward to the screening of Khuli Chana's Picking up the Pieces - a documentary revealing details of the 2013 incident in which he was shot by police.

Festival goers can also look forward to non-fiction film, Doc-U -Mentally, which focuses on working hours for junior doctors.

The film festival's organiser, Lisa Henry, says, "Our opening night film this year is Shepards and Butchers, which is directed by Oliver Schmitz and produced by Anant Singh. And the following night, on Friday 16 September, we have the African premiere of a US doccie called A Billion Lives. We also have a bunch for directors who will be popping up after their screening to engage audiences."

WATCH: A Billion Lives - Official Trailer

The festival starts in Rosebank followed by screenings at the Bioscope in Maboneng and the Eyethu Lifestyle centre in Soweto on Friday.

One of the directors featured in the three-day event has praised its organisers for providing a consistent platform for filmmakers.

Independent film maker and director Vuayni Bila will showcase his short film To Ike , the story of a young woman who deals with life's traumas in an 'unconventional way'.

This is one of ten short films selected out of hundreds of applications.

Bila says, "Amongst thousands of entries, they were able to identify that this local film deserves its place. We have to give them props. I think it holds weight in promoting local work, and although they are independent they have been doing such a great job."

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