Scene from the film African Film School
Scene from the film African Film School
Scene from the film African Film School
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African Film School

  • South Africa
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Found Super 8mm home movies of wildlife from 1960s apartheid era South Africa and colonial Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) comprise the visual elements of African Film School. In order to disrupt the viewer, American filmmaker Roger Horn juxtaposes these found images with audio he recorded while attending a wildlife film-training program in Cape Town in 2007. Through the disruption of filmmaking conventions Horn looks to make the viewer confront their own stereotypes and ponder the nature of capturing images in Southern Africa.

Loosely inspired by Peter Kubelka’s 1966 film Unsere Afrikareise (Our trip to Africa) and Luis Buñuel’s 1933 film Las Hurdes:Tierra Sin Pan (Land Without Bread), the film employs shaky, out of focus handheld shots and long takes, disrupting the conventions of wildlife filmmaking. Additionally, the dialogue represents a semi-comical reflection on the search to find oneself as a young filmmaker within the context of a new home country in the throws of a post apartheid identity crisis.


  • Original title
    African Film School
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Roger Horn
  • Editing
    Roger Horn
  • Sound
    Roger Horn
  • Duration
    5 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • South Africa
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Riga Pasaules Film Festival 2020
    • West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
    • “Night of Short Films” Slovenian Cinematheque
    • Buenos Aires Film Festival
    • Blue Danube Film Festival
    • Experiments in Cinema v13.6
    • 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival
    • Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media
    • Joziwood - Perth South African Film Festival
    • 21st Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
    • Kleinkaap Short Film Festival
    • 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
  • Awards
    • Blue Danube Film Festival - Best Experimental Film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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