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Independent Cinema in the city of Johannesburg. Includes a cafe and bar, screening movies off the beaten track of the regular commercial circuit. Discover your next favourite movie you never knew existed. See all the latest movie info, showtimes, release dates, trailers & ratings. Ticket prices will vary, if you click the "book now" button of a specific movie, you will see the pricing and availability.

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Movies in City and Suburban, Johannesburg

286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094

The Bioscope Movies: Now Showing

Gary Numan Android In La La Land

All Ages1h 25m
The Godfather of electronic music is on a one-way trip to crack America, returning to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade. Android is a celebration of a music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around.
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tomorrowSEP 22
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I Dream Of Wires

All Ages1h 36m
An independent documentary film about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer — exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. Inventors, musicians, and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer — for many, it's an all-consuming passion.
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tomorrowSEP 22
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Looking For Love

16 D L S0h 57m
Looking For Love stars Veleste Ntuli as Buyi, often inappropriate workaholic who is under pressure to find love. It tells the story of an average South African girl who is doing her best to get by and has no choice but to use her wits to navigate the complex maze of relationships, while also figuring out a career path. Traditionally, films of this nature feature a female lead with attributes that make her extremely desirable, but our character is stripped bare of that. She could easily be someone we meet on the street.
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RocKabul

All Ages1h 17m
Today, Afghans are one of the largest migrant populations fleeing their country for Europe/the West. Since 2002 the international community has injected more than a trillion dollars into Afghanistan. What went wrong? This film examines the counter insurgency/ culture campaign that the US government [and others] waged. Told through the eyes of Afghan youth, who start the country's first ever heavy metal band and an adventurous Australian, who created a Western style music scene in the capital - Kabul. Will head banging, disenchanted Afghans win the hearts and minds of their peers or will the Taliban come back from the grave?
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todaySEP 21
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The Gospel According to André

All Ages1h 34m
From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Bethann Hardison, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.
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Shake the Dust

All Ages1h 48m
"Shake the Dust" is a feature documentary that tells the stories of break dancers from conflicted "third- world" communities around the globe who, although separated by cultural boundaries and individual struggles, are intrinsically tied to one another through their passion for dance and hip-hop culture.
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18 Meals

All Ages1h 41m
Food, glorious food! Some of the most sumptuous and involving films revolve around that most common of acts: eating. 18 MEALS is an omnibus film of criss-crossing stories divided into three segments; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jorge Coira's debut feature, shot over nine days in Santiago de Compostela has enough tasty portions to please audiences. Amongst Coira's expansive ensemble are aging street musician Edu, a pair awaking from a one-night stand, a businessman visiting his closeted homosexual brother and a lonely housewife, Sol. Victor and Sol are two of 18 MEALS' most fascinating characters as they each hide something - his sexuality, her depression - from those around them. Best of all is Pedro Alsono as Vladimir, a local celebrity actor who makes a meal for a mystery woman who never arrives. Who hasn't gone to a lot of trouble to do something extra special for someone just to have it go unappreciated?
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WEDSEP 26
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South African Short Fiction 2

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TheJozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The seventh Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. Tickets: R50 South African Short Fiction 2 Accelerate Dir: Dian Weys / 11min 51s Two paramedics stare death in the face while attempting to save a patient's life. (Based on real life events). Themba Dir: Sara Momtazian / 19min Themba, a young boy of a domestic worker, is given a second chance by his teacher to rewrite a test he failed the following day. He runs home to find his mother not well and encounters other obstacles which prevent him from studying. Together Dir: Michael Rodrigues / 4min 50s Two brothers help lift each other out of th
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Food Fighter

All Ages1h 26m
OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn has enough passion and drive to move mountains – but can she reduce the exorbitant pile of food Australians waste each year? Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins, and holds government to account.
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SATSEP 29
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South African Student Films 2018

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TheJozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The seventh Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. Tickets: R50 South African Student Films The Water Dancers Dir: Robyn Palmer / 25min Dragonflies are the sentinels of the Earth. Being among the oldest creatures on our planet, they have lived in harmony with the indigenous plants and animals of Earth's bountiful landscapes for 300 million years. We came, we conquered and we evicted them from their habitats. Now, after millennia of human recklessness, we are turning back to nature's messenger, the dragonfly, for promise of a new way forward. Skin Diver Dir: Katya Abedian / 15min Skin Diver is a co
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SUNSEP 30
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South African Short Fiction

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TheJozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The seventh Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. Tickets: R50 SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION Make Up and Cigarettes Dir: Zwo Farisani / 18min 30s This story ends and begins in love. Everything else in between is merely meant to prepare us for it. Love between a man and a woman, who despite very different life experiences, have still managed to look beyond each other's circumstances to see the humanity within the other. It's Only True Love Dir: Joshua Magor / 22min It is modern day South African. The country ails from social unrest and constant protests. Amanda, a young woman from Mpophomeni Townshi
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The Fun's Not Over The James Phillips Story

All Ages1h 41m
The tragedy of Phillips’ death is that it came just as he was hitting his stride.. He was already the voice from the void; he was James the Boptist, a hard-partying rock ‘n’ roller that pioneered a new genre of Afrikaans rock music (despite being English) that sparked and fired a revolution. He was working with heavy-hitters William Kentridge and Warrick Sony on Faustus in Africa, staged in Grahamstown in 1995. This is a rollicking musical ride through all these incarnations, with frank insights from 80’s and 90’s musicians and leftie luminaries – from Johannes Kerkorrel to Lloyd Ross, Pieter-Dirk Uys to Zapiro by way of the Radio Rats’ Jonathan Handley and Vusi Mahlasela. It’s an intimate portrait of a wildly talented poet painted by those who knew him best.
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MONSEP 24
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The Case of the Three Sided Dream

All Ages1h 28m
The documentary film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one of a kind musician, personality, activist and windmill slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices - did not relent.
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tomorrowSEP 22
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Supa Modo

All Ages1h 14m
Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.
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SATSEP 29
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Stitches in Time

All Ages0h 5m
While knitting, two women recall moments from their lives--memories of their neighbours, husbands, mothers, and of other women knitting. An animated film using pastel drawings.
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SUNSEP 30
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Singers and Swenkas

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Afilm by Lloyd Ross 50 Minutes | South Africa | 2015 Singers & Swenkas follows the Ladysmith Hlanganani Brothers over a 36 hour period as they compete in the vibrant Johannesburg isicathamiya competition scene, the form of a capella singing made world famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Also feartured are the Swenkas (or swankers), finely dressed gentlemen who compete to see who is the finest.
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MONSEP 24
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International Short Fiction

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TheJozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The seventh Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. Tickets: R50 INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION Kyenvu, USA Dir: Kemiyondo Coutinho / 20min South African Premiere A young African feminist millennial finds love in a bittersweet moment as she struggles to find her footing in a patriarchal society. Girl Fact, Belgium Dir: Maël G. Lagadec / 17min South African Premiere In the east of the DRC, rape has been used as a "weapon of war" for over 15 years, Martha writes a teenage girl's guide to surviving sex slavery. Heimlich, USA Dir: Lisanne Sartor / 13min 57s South African Premiere Nina and Ale
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SATSEP 29
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United Skates

All Ages1h 29m
When America's last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture.
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SUNSEP 30
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Sisters Of The Wilderness

TBA1h 27m
Part wildlife documentary – the astonishing scenery, the immersive soundtrack – part pilgrimage, Slater’s film follows five young Zulu women on a journey of personal healing through the iMfolozi wilderness.
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SUNSEP 30
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Whispering Truth to Power

All Ages1h 38m
A dramatic portrait of an inspirational woman, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, at the helm during a South African political crisis.
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FRISEP 28
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Far Western

All Ages1h 33m
The phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan.
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SUNSEP 23
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Mama Goema The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

All Ages1h 0m
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.
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MONSEP 24
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Slave To The Grind

All Ages1h 40m
Grindcore is the worlds fastest most aggressively intense music. Fusing the anarchistic and leftist attitudes of the UK Punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of American Death Metal, Grindcore continues to challenge and offend most listeners.
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SUNSEP 23
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Diary of a French Doctor

All Ages1h 41m
TheFrench Film Rendez-Vous! Le Movie Club is an exciting collaboration between The Bioscope Independent Cinema, The Alliance Française of Johannesburg and the French Institute of South Africa. THURSDAY 27 September 8PM On usually the last Thursday of every month, immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures of French and Francophone films from around the world. Throughout the year there will be different themes such as African cinema, French comedy, Animation and Music. All the films are shown in French with English subtitles. Films provided by courtesy of Institut Français. TICKETS: R 35 per person Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014) Directed by: Thomas Lilti / Drama / 1h 42min Benjamin is forced to confront his limitations and fears after he goes to work in his father's practice to become a doctor.
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THUSEP 27
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Short Documentaries

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TheJozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The seventh Jozi Film Festival will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. Tickets: R50 Short Documentaries A Black Man In Zimbabwe, SA Dir: Roger Horn / 4min 15s Africa Premiere In 1994, 62 school children in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, claimed to have seen a UFO and a black man on a school playground. No teachers or school employees witnessed the sighting. Fact or creative fabrication? Filmed in extreme close ups, director Roger Horn lets his imagination run wils as he combines archival interviews with visuals collected throughout Southern Africa and Europe. Give A Man A Mask and He Will Tell You The Truth, Zimbabwe (11:50) Dir: Er
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We are Twisted Fing Sister

PG2h 17m
Afilm by Andrew Horn 97 Minutes | Germany & USA | 2014 They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While microcosm of Punk/New Wave was taking over NYC in the mid 70s – early 80s, Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a vast suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded NYC in a 100 mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe. The documentary film, "We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!" is the untold story of Twisted Sister's 10 years playing the bars, prior to their breakout in 1983. The film follows them from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing 4 shows a night, 6 nights a week, of cover songs in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late 70s/early 80s, to their bust-out appearance on the UK rock TV show, "The Tube".
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SUNSEP 23
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Score

All Ages1h 54m
Comedy about a Sunday League football team who win the Lottery.
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SUNSEP 23
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Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different

All Ages0h 52m
Afilm by Phil Cox 52 min | UK & France | 2017 Funk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She "was the first…" as former husband Miles Davis said. "Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince". An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70's scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles – startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named "Bitches Brew". She then, despite being banned and boycotted, went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before. Then suddenly – she vanished. Creatively blending documentary and animation this movie traces the path of Betty's life, how she grew from humble upbringings to become a fu
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tomorrowSEP 22
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The Silver Fez

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Afilm by Lloyd Ross & Rian Malan 87 Minutes | South Africa | 2009 The Silver Fez is the much-revered prize for the Cape Malay choirs of Cape Town, South Africa. Each year, hundreds of choirs compete to be crowned the undisputed champions of Cape Malay music – a form of music that first arrived in the Cape on slave ships. Once upon a time in a city at the end of Africa, two men were possessed by a dream that could come true for only one of them. Kaatji Davids was a house painter with barely two cents to rub together…but he did have an old banjo, some loyal friends and the audacity to imagine he might be the one to topple Hadji Bucks, undisputed champion of Cape Malay music. The prize was the Silver Fez, Holy Grail of Cape Town's Islamic subculture. The campaign involved a cast of thousands and a staggering array of skills, the most sacred of which was the singing of an ancient music that arrived in the Cape on slave ships. Kaatji laboured day and night, driven by dreams of glory and
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MONSEP 24
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Astronauts Gone Wild An Investigation Into the Authenticity of the Moon Landings

All Ages0h 53m
Astronauts Gone Wild: An Investigation Into the Authenticity of the Moon Landings is a 2004 documentary film produced and directed by Bart Winfield Sibrel, a Nashville, Tennessee-based filmmaker who charges that the six Apollo Moon landings in the 1960s and 1970s were elaborate hoaxes. Sibrel made this film as a follow-up to his 2001 video A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, which accuses NASA of falsifying the Apollo 11 mission photography. The title of the film is a wordplay on the Girls Gone Wild video series.
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SUNSEP 30
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The Oslo Diaries

All Ages1h 34m
A group of Israelis and Palestinians come together in Oslo for an unsanctioned peace talks during the 1990s in order to bring peace to the Middle East.
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SATSEP 29
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A Band Called Death

All Ages1h 36m
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.
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