Cosi-Cosi Pop-Up Cinema


The cinema will scope Durban as three one of a kind films will be showcased in what promises to be one of the highlights of Durban’s film calendar this year The first edition of the Cosi-Cosi Pop-up cinema will make its way to Durban’s shores as on the 26th of May for what promises to be an indulgent feast for the cities cinephiles. Presented by Coolab Creative Collective in conjunction with the Tri-Continental Film festival Cosi-Cosi will be held at Colombo Coffee and Tea in Glenwood, right in the heart of the city’s creative precinct. Conceptually it is an event that will merge an irreverent lifestyle ethos with unique cinematic expletives to create an immense viewing experience. The films that will be showcased are engrossed in a mixture of powerful narratives and a unique directing style to bring out the best of what South African cinema has to offer.

A small town called decent

Directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka A Small Town Called Descent is a riveting cop drama from South African writer-director Jahmil XT Qubeka. The film follows three Scorpion agents in their investigation of a heinous crime that took place in a small, remote town. Against the backdrop of xenophobic riots that have swept across the country, two Zimbabwean brothers along with a local girl (Isidingo’s Hlubi Mboyo), are brutally attacked and one of the brothers is killed. But are the three Scorpions (Vusi Kunene, Paul Buckby, Vuyo Dabula) the right men for the job? Guided by the zealous hand of an eccentric cleric (John Savage) they manoeuvre through the small town’s complex social dynamic to get to the truth. A darkly humorous look at South Africa’s political dynamics from the eyes of civilians, the film features powerful performances from its all-star cast. A Small Town Called Descent showcases a strong, unapologetic voice and an honest but resonant portrait of South African life.

Surfing Soweto

From the director of Othelo Burning (Sara Blecher) This amazing coming of age story follows a group of Soweto teenagers who surf moving trains. Over the course of the last three years, the fi lmmakers followed and documented the lives of three of the most notorious train surfers in Soweto: Bitch Nigga, Lefa and Mzembe. It involved following them onto the top of hurtling trains, into the heroin dens of Hilbrow and into prisons with names like Sun City – all in the hope of understanding their frustrations and documenting the lives of the new generation of youth in Soweto. Two years ago, a version of the story was shown at DIFF and on SABC’s Special Assignment. The footage of young boys riding trains at speed ducking cables with over 3 000 volts of electricity running through them was so dramatic the piece was picked up by CNN. But that was only the beginning of the story. Surfing Soweto tells of a forgotten generation and is filmed with riveting camera work. Think Dogtown and The Z Boys meets Rebel Without A Cause.


Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

Directed by: Angela Ramirez, Calum Macnaughton and Sara Gouveia

If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a bold measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, a clash of marching bands, a riff of rock, the pizzazz of the Klopse, some driving primal beat, and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema Goema Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional, and the classical into the contemporary universal sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts together the final touches to the culmination of his life’s work: Goema in Five Movements. Musicians and musical commentators Hilton Schilder, Neo Muyanga, Iain Harris and Graham Arendse, and new kids on the block, Kyle Shepherd and Shane Cooper, add a contemporary context to Goema, while the orchestra rehearses for its premiere performance at the SABC studios.

According to Olwethu Bandezi who is one of the co-creative directors of Coolab Creative Collective, the concept of the event stems from a need to merge the creative culture and lifestyle. “We wanted to create something different for Durban  and would also add value to the great work that various cinematic organization have done in the city,” said Bandezi. “So it was important to us to create a culturally based event that would be a lifestyle accessory for viewers and would be sustainable in the long run.”

One of the things that makes Cosi-cosi unique is that it will be one of the first major events that will be hosted by the Tri-continental film festival in the city. Speaking on what this partnerships means Russel Hlongwane who is also a co-creative director at Coolab Creative Collective, said that this is partnership that will helo advance the work of both brands. “They is an entry into a new path for us as Coolab and it real adds a lot of value to the event to have such strong backing from an entity such as TCFF and we hope that this will be first of many initiatives at of this nature”

The daylong event will feature open food stalls and market area that will be in full flight during the intervals. The famous Coffe bar at Colombo will also be open to give you your caffeine rush as the marathon goes on.

Tickets are available for Pre-sale at Colombo Coffee and tea for R50

You can also book your place by getting in touch with Russel Hlongwane: 073 678 1901 Russel.Hlongwane@hlag.com or Olwethu Bandezi 072 3349 149 brandrmagazine@gmail.com

Please note that only 250 seats are available so make sure you book in advance.

For media enquires contact Sihle Mthembu: 071 972 964/ 084 037 1051 sihlemth@gmail.com

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