shnit short films for Alexander Bar

By MapMyWay
7 August 2017

Ahead of the main shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival in October, shnit Cape Town has teamed up with The Alexander Bar once again to bring A taste of shnit to the Mother City.

They will be screening the best short films that shnit has to offer, in celebration of Women’s Month, with a selection of thought-provoking and exciting films made by female directors from all around the World.

Now in its 8th year in South Africa, the festival returns to Cape Town and kicks off in October.

“As we count down to the festival, we’ve decided to whet your apeitite and give all our film lovers a taste of the shnit experience! Once a month, we’ll be playing a mix of local and international short films. After each there will be an opportunity to chat to the local filmmakers who are behind some of the most exciting shorts coming out of the country!”

  • The Call (Zamo Mkhwanazi) 10min – The story of Sibongiseni, an emotionally isolated taxi driver who finds out the prostitute he is regularly seeing is pregnant. He must decide whether to abort the child or change his ways and try form bonds with the woman and a child that is potentially his.
  • Into Us and Ours (Jessie Zinn) 13min – Zenzile and Marie are driving home together when something hits their car. The incident, and the way each perceives the event, ignites a series of misunderstandings between them.
  • Reality + (Coralie Fargeat) 22min – Through the Reality + technology you can now have access to an “improved reality”. The chip implanted in your brain affects your senses to change the perception of your image. Choose “who” you want to reflect and see you as you’ve always wanted.
  • Embryo (Emma Thorsadner) 13min – “My mother still doesn’t know” says one of five women who in intimate and frank conversation discuss their experiences with abortion.
  • Operator (Caroline Bartleet) 6min – Gemma wakes to find the house on fire. Trapped with her son, she dials 999. The operator who answers holds Gemma’s life in her hands.
  • Baby Daddy (Sarah Summers) 5min – A father-to-be awaits the birth of his child with his family. This is a joyous occasion as everyone gathers to celebrate this new life into the world, but the father can’t help but think of the direct impact it will have on his own life.
  • Edmond (Nina Gantz) 9min – Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others in strong… Maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his option, he goes on a journey backwards through his life and revisits all his defining moments in search of the origins of his desires.
  • Zima (Cristina Picchi) 12min – A journey through North Russia and Siberia where people have to cope with one of the world’s harshest climates, where the boundary between life and death is so thin that it’s sometimes almost non-existent.

WHERE: Alexander Bar, 76 Strand St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

TICKETS: R80 – R90 to the screenings. Visit or call 021 3001028 to book.

WHEN: Sunday 20th August at 7pm.

shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival runs 18 to 22 October at several venues in Cape Town