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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.

Movies in City and Suburban, Johannesburg

286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094
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Hotel Meina

All Ages1h 55m
How will the Germans react to the armistice of the 8th of September 1943, due to which Italy betrays them and sides with the allied forces? This is the distressing questions that a group of 16 Italian - Greek Jews evacuated at The Meina Hotel ask themselves.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

18 and Over1h 58m
Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop, he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge.
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7 Virgins

18 and Over1h 26m
Tano is 16-years-old and is already sitting in jail. In 48 hours he’s a free man and off to the wedding of his brother. In the two days he recounts his neighborhood in a section of Sevilla.
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Voetsek!

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Voetsek! Dir Andy Spitz | 2017 | South Africa | 76 min The xenophobic violence that has marred South African life over the last decade is often reduced to two key periods: the wave of attacks against ikwerekwere that began in Alexandra Township in 2008 and spread to the rest of the country in the following weeks, and the upsurge of violence in 2015 after King Goodwill Zwelithini publicly stated that foreigners should "go back to their countries". But, as this devastating film shows, the terrible events of those years are part of a broader pattern of violence against foreigners in South Africa, one that is intricately woven into the very fabric of post-apartheid life, and which has been given tacit approval at all levels of both Zuma's and Mbeki's governments. Made over the course of 10 years, with remarkable access to those affected by the violence as wel
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Mandela

All Ages1h 58m
A documentary that chronicles the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela is probably best known for his 27 years of imprisonment, and for bringing an end to apartheid. But this film also sheds light on the little-known early period of Mandela's life.
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Silas

TBA1h 20m
A profile of the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation.
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Mining Memory Land and Identity

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Mining Memory: Legacies of St Helena in the Northern Cape Dir Daniel Yon | Canada/St Helena/South Africa | 2018 | 56 minutes Considered neither 'European' or 'Native', the St Helenian immigrants who found themselves in the small mining community of Concordia, Namaqualand in 1907, were confronted with a bewildering social climate in a barren land. Locals of St Helenian descent share stories of their ancestors', with themes of race, heritage and the significance of 'place', both real and imagined, being explored. Land and Identity Dir Nomakhomazi Dewavrin & Okuhle Dyo | 2017 | South Africa | 50 min Current political debate swirls around historic land issues. This film is a moving account of the impact on kids and families of decisions that uproot people, evicting them from their homes and communities for reasons of greed and dubious policy. The story i
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Playing Dead

All Ages1h 44m
Jean, a forty-year-old struggling, out-of-work actor has hit rock bottom. Although open to any kind of work, he can't get a break. At the unemployment office, his counselor has a rather odd proposal: he can get a job helping the police reconstruct crime scenes, by standing in for the dead victim. Jean's obsession for detail impresses the detectives, allowing him to take a leading role in a sensitive investigation in Megève ski resort, during low season, after a series of murders
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Slavery Routes 1 2

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Slavery Route 1 & 2 Dir Daniel Cattier, Juan Gélas, Fanny Glissant, France/UK | 2018, 52 minutes Before there was oil, there were slaves. The system that resulted in over 20 million Africans being taken by force, bound and beaten, sold and reduced to slavery has fundamentally shaped and defined the world around us. But how did Africa end up at the heart of the slavery route? To answer this critical question, The Slavery Routes takes us to the fall of the Rome, the subsequent Arabian Empire built from its ruins, and the trans-Saharan caravan routes that provided the beginnings of a 700 year vast network of human trafficking between Cairo and Timbuktu. In the 14 th century Europe opened up to the world and Portugal was the first kingdom to assault the African coast, thus creating a new slavery route and the beginning of one of the world's most miserable, heinou
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The Deminer

All Ages1h 23m
In the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, Fakhir, a father of eight, is serving in the Iraqi army. All around him, he sees innocent civilians getting injured by landmines, so he determines to disarm them with his own hands, using just a pocketknife and some wire cutters. He clears thousands of roadside bombs, mines and car bombs, knowing that every time he cuts a wire it could cost him his life—which he seems to find less important than the lives of others. In 2014, by this time having lost a leg, he starts working for the Kurdish Peshmerga, disarming boobytraps left behind by Daesh in and around Mosul. An enthusiastic home video maker, Fakhir collects hundreds of hours of footage of his day-to-day work.
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Pluck a film not just about the Chicken

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Pluck: A film not just about the Chicken Dir Joëlle Chesselet and Lloyd Ross | 2017 | South Africa | 73 min Filmmakers Ross and Chesselet take a deep dive into South Africa's history through the brutally honest lens of Mzanzi's favourite chicken establishment. The film takes a look at the inception of their notoriously memorable and witty advertisements and pulls back the curtain on the biggest laughs, shocks and controversies that made Nando's one of South Africa's most recognizable global brands. Pluck explores the brand's use of humour in order to engage with customers - by highlighting the its unique and satirical approach to their marketing the film is able to explore what makes Nando's so successful and how it continues to extend its appeal far beyond our borders, proving that humour, the capacity for laughter, is common to us all.
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Zhalanash + Becoming Visible + Guardian of The Ocean

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Zhalanash Dir Marcin Sauter | Poland | 2017 | 40 minutes Awaiting Review. Becoming Visible Dir Janet Solomon |South Africa | 2018 |33 min From acclaimed Durban artist Solomon, this fascinating fusion of documentary and video art tells of the impact on local marine life by seismic exploration off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Projected on three screens simultaneously, the work is made all the more powerful by its idiosyncratic approach to documentary-making. Guardian of the Ocean Dir Nelisiwe Ngobeni, South Africa | 2018 | 10 minutes The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds was born in the backyard of Althea Westphal's Claremont home where she took in injured penguins after the Esso Essen oil spill in the late 1960s. Today the organisation has grown to include a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who work tireles
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In Stitches Kill or Die

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 In Stitches & Kill or Die Dirs Hannah Rafkin & Meg Robbins | South Africa | 2018 | 48 minutes In a country with 11 official languages, stand-up comedy has long been overwhelmingly dominated by English and Afrikaans. This is changing. In Stitches follows three vernacular comedians on the circuit and shows how something as simple as being funny in one's home language can be a vehicle for social change. Kill or Die Dir: Suzanne Moody | South Africa | 2017 | 43 minutes A glimpse at the harsh world of comedy, Kill or Die follows four young comedians as they make headway in the local comedy scene. Candid moments, casual conversations and instances of comedic magic reveal both the vulnerabilities and resilience of each character in an industry that demands you lay yourself bare.
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Survivours

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Survivour Dir Anna Fitch, Lansana Mansaray, Arthur Pratt, Banker White Sierra Leone/ USA 2017 84 minutes Survivors is an account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Shot and produced by a collective of West African filmmakers during the outbreak (which also spread to Liberia and Guinea), the film is unusual in that was made largely by the community it documents, rather than by outsiders. As such, it is extremely close to the ground and provides a very visceral sense of the pain, suffering, and social dislocation that occurred during the epidemic, as well as the profound sense of relief when the transmission of the virus ground to a halt. Filled with warmth, humanity, and a remarkable cast – from an ambulance driver to a young homeless boy to a pastor-cum- filmmaker – Survivors is an insightful chronicle of a public health epidemic in the face of
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A Cambodian Spring

TBA2h 0m
"A Cambodian Spring" is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the 'Cambodian spring' and the tragic events that followed. This film is about the complexities - both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in.
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This is Congo

TBA1h 33m
An unfiltered look in to the lives of 3 characters surviving amongst the most recent cycle of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as the M23 rebellion.
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Ramathopo

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TheBioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets: R60 Ramathopo: The Centanarian Dir Riaan Hendricks | 2018 | South Africa | 93 min Award winning director Hendricks returns to the screen with an unflinching portrait of centenarian Ramathopo. The 110-year- old preacher, who once had hundreds of followers, now lives with his 99 year old wife Anna, a renowned prophetess and healer in her own right, and their family in the dusty village of Botlokwa in the Limpopo province. Visiting them is the scene-stealing Anuschca, their two-year-old great-granddaughter, who is as enchanting as she is enchanted with the world around her. Long unfolding scenes reveal deeply personal moments as the family rally together in their care of Ramathopo, whose confusion often leads to violent outbursts. Dedicated to those who care for the old and feeble, the film is ultimately a celebration of life and how it continues to flow, just like t
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Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

TBA1h 31m
Julita expressed her three greatest wishes shortly after getting married: lots of children, a monkey and a castle she can call her own. That all of these wishes have become a reality is probably down to the immense stubbornness of this charismatic and equally hilarious matriarch who has a weakness for collecting crazy objects. When financial circumstances force the family to sell their castle, her adult children are left sifting through a lifetime of peculiarities in search of a few lost bones… Spanish actor and neo director Gustavo Salmerón paints a deliciously absurd family portrait that just happens to reveal a lot about Spain, Catholicism and the economic crisis.
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