As part of the 17th Afrika Film Festival, FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. will present a selection of virtual reality (VR) productions in cooperation with Cologne Public Library (Stadtbibliothek Köln). The contribution from South Africa explores new aesthetic forms of expression, while those from South Sudan are 360-degree videos that were made as part of the educational project “My People, Our Stories”.

Productions from South Africa and South Sudan

24.09.- 28.09.19 ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK NEUMARKT (4th Floor)

Di & Do 15:00 – 20:00, Mi & Fr 14:00 – 18:00, Sa 11:00 – 15:00
Free of Charge


Regie: Nirma Madhoo;

Südafrika/Australien 2019; ohne Worte; 7 min.

AZIMUTH is an experimental fashion film that questions common stereotypes relating to African identities. Contemporary fashion is presented against a backdrop of futuristic-looking Brutalist architecture in South Africa.


Regie: Doris Kade & Rose Keji;

Südsudan 2017; OF m. engl. UT; 3 min.

In NO CLEAN WATER South Sudanese journalists Doris Kade and Rose Keji illustrate how difficult it is to get access to clean water in South Sudan during times of civil war.


Regie: Maura Ajak & Ray Okech;

Südsudan 2017; OF m. engl. UT; 3 min.

LIVING WITH DISABILITY tells the story of Kim Bany, who plays basketball despite having lost a leg in the civil war, and is now encouraging other people with disabilities in South Sudan to do the same.


Regie: Rita Lado & Cosmas Mundu;

Südsudan 2017; OF m. engl. UT; 3 min.

WORKING FOR EDUCATION uses the example of 13-year-old Al Amine to outline how 70 percent of children don’t have the chance to go to school, and many of those who do also have to work to support their families. Just like Al Amine, who works in a garage after school.


Regie: Gale Julius Dada & Tande Elias;

Südsudan 2017; OF m. engl. UT; 3 min.

LEAVING GANGS BEHIND centres around 12-year-old Alex. Alex was unemployed – like 40 percent of young people in South Sudan – and had to rob and steal in order to survive.  He has since left the gang and now produces music, and attempts to help other gang members find opportunities in the world of music, dance and sport.