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Festival

SA Film ‘Days Of Cannibalism’ Nominated For Best Documentary Award At The 70th Berlin International Film Festival

South African filmmaker Teboho Edkins’s crossgenre documentary Western, Days of Cannibalism has been nominated for a Best Documentary Award at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival which takes place in February.

Days of Cannibalism, which has its World Premiere at the Festival, is set in the rugged terrain of a remote rural region in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Southern Africa. Here modern-day pioneers are met with unease by local communities, and self-made Chinese merchants negotiate their place alongside traditional Basotho cattle breeders.

‘The film, like a classical Western, takes place in a universal frontier space in which the laws of society are in a state of flux,” explains Edkins. “I am fascinated by the notion of settlers moving into new spaces, and what this does to the status quo, especially within the context of globalisation and capitalist forces. The arrival of new settlers in Lesotho – economic migrants from China – has upset the balance of power. Old laws and old gods are being called into question. Against the backdrop of a newly emerging China-Africa relationship Days of Cannibalism explores the complexities and the latent tensions this encounter gives rise to.”

The film avoids central characters or an overarching plot; instead strained moments and small gestures between the newly arrived pioneers and local communities unfold against a vast and harsh landscape.

Produced by KinoElektron, Day Zero Films, Kepler Film Days of Cannibalism the world sales rights have been picked up by Paris based Indie Sales.

The film will be screened on the following dates, venues in Berlin:

  • 22.02.2020 16:30 Kino International (PREMIERE)
  • 23.02.2020 16:15 Cubix 7
  • 24.02.2020 13:30 CinemaxX 6
  • 28.02.2020 19:15 Cubix 7
  • Berlinale Talents Programme
  • 25.02.2020 14:00 HAU – Hebbel am Ufer theatre
Teboho Edkins Biography

Teboho Edkins (*1980 in Tennessee, USA) grew up in Southern Africa and lives and works in Cape Town and Berlin.

He studied photography and fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa and film at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. This was followed by a degree in directing at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh-akademie in Berlin (dffb).

Teboho Edkins’s films have screened at over 400 film festivals including the International Film Festival Berlin (Berlinale); International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen; and International Film Festival (IFFR), Rotterdam.

His films have also shown in many international museums and galleries including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; South London Gallery; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Weserburg-Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen. They have also been acquired by several public and private art collections including the Goetz Collection in Munich, von Kelternborn Collection in Frankfurt and the Collection KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf.

Teboho Edkins Filmography
  • 2020: Days of Cannibalism, 79’min
  • 2017: I am Sheriff, 28’min
  • 2016: Initiation, 11’min
  • 2015: Coming of Age, 63’min
  • 2013: Gangster Backstage, 38’min
  • 2011: Gangster Project, 54’ min
  • 2011: Thato, 27’ 35” min
  • 2008: Kinshasa 2.0, 11’07” min
  • 2006: Gangster Project 1, 7’30” min
  • 2005: True Love, 28’ min
  • 2005: Looking Good, 47’ min
  • 2004: Ask Me I’m Positive, 48’ min
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music

Deon Groot’s Hemelpoorte, A Powerful Love Ballad That Will Touch Your Heart

“As die Hemelpoorte voor my oop moet gaan
Is jy die laaste een wat langs my staan
Jy’s die een wat ek vertrou
Jy’s die een waaraan ek klou
Verstaan die dieptes van my oseaan…”

(If the gates of heaven should open before me,
you would be the last one standing next to me.
You are the one I trust, the one I hold on to and the one who truly understands the depth of the ocean within me.”)

Deon Groot has one of those unique voices that cuts through your soul and the lyrics of his latest single, HEMELPOORTE, is proof of his amazing ability to speak to the hearts of his fans. His voice is simply in a different class and if you watch the music video, produced by GVR Productions, you will not be able to stop the tears rolling from your cheeks!

HEMELPOORTE is a powerful love ballad, written by the artist himself, which is very close to his heart and is about the one you end up sharing your life with. Experts predict that this is going to be his biggest up to date!

“HEMELPOORTE is a male love ballad for my future wife,” he explains. “When I wrote this, I sat down and thought about how I would like to feel about the great love of my life one day (when I finally find her) and what type of man I want to be for her. This song is very personal and is about what I feel love should be. I believe that it will resonate with audiences of all ages.”

This song differs vastly from his previous single and showcases his deeper side as a songwriter, storyteller and singer to the public. “My previous music is about celebrating good times, so this is something completely different,” he explains. “It describes what we expect from love, but also about what we can achieve when we include God in that love. That is why I also included Biblical references in the lyrics. It is synonymous with what a relationship should be and how a couple should grow together in the eyes of God.”

The music video is set in a cabin in the bush. It tells the story of a man (played by Deon himself) who receives the news that they could not find him a kidney donor and that he only had a few days left to live. Instead of telling his wife (Lujuan Mzyk), he makes the best of the time they still have together. “At the end, events take an unexpected turn…,” the singer shares with a twinkle in his eye.

By listening to and watching the video of HEMELPOORTE, you will immediately understand why Deon Groot was able to conquer so many local music hearts and establish himself as one of South Africa’s most popular singers over the past few years.

His down-to-earth and honest approach to music and life, his heart-warming lyrics and his soothing voice are the winning ingredients that have made him popular with his fans and will ensure his place in the music industry for many years to come.

“HEMELPOORTE is a song about a man who is willing to stand up and admit how much he loves his wife. I can’t stress enough how much it means to me to be able to share this message with everyone,” he concludes.

HEMELPOORTE is part of Deon’s album, which is available on all digital platforms: umgafrica.lnk.to/deongroot

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music

New Local Band “Parts X Fiction” Are Set To Rock

The release of Parts X Fiction’s (pronounced Parts and Fiction) debut single “Mad World”, offers up an electrifying interpretation of the classic 80’s hit. The soulful vocal delivery by lead singer, Miqnon van Jaarsveld, is fuelled by a powerful and solid rock delivery by the boys in the band’s steaming engine room.

“Parts X Fiction’’use songs with meaningful lyrics as a platform to comment on the social problems that surround us all. ‘’Mad World’’ is a perfect example of such social commentary and it conveys how we experience this modern age in all its madness.” – Miqnon van Jaarsveld

Download/stream “Mad World” today on the following platforms: orcd.co/partsxfiction

The choice of ‘’Mad World’’ as a debut single, prseents a slightly lighter side to Parts X Fiction’s own original material, slated for the band’s debut album release in March this year.

‘’Parts X Fiction’’ is comprised of Mignon van Jaarsveld (lead vocals), Reinecke van der Merwe (vocals, guitar), P.D du Plessis (guitar), Sarel Reynolds (bass) and Nelis Du Plessis (drums). The band met each other through performing as session musicians in various Barnyard theatre productions before joining forces to create an original project of their own.

The band draws inspiration from Anberlin to Iron Maiden and everything in between. ‘Each song of ours is a journey, which anyone can enjoy and relate to and walk away feeling inspired, fulfilled and confident in not only themselves but also our own culture.’

Catch them live tomorrow, 8th February at The Radium Beer Hall alongside The Black Cat Bones.

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Awards

Winner Of The Distell National Playwright Competition 2020 Announced

Amy Louise Wilson is the winner of the 2020 Distell National Playwright Competition for her script Another Kind of Dying. The news was announced at an event in Stellenbosch on Friday, 31 January, attended by this year’s finalists Tseko Thukani, Happy Gladness Simelane, Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer, Philisiwe Twijnstra and Amy Louise. The 2019 winner, Koleka Putuma, performed at the ceremony.

Amy Louise Wilson

Amy Louise’s script marks a new direction for the Johannesburg-based performer. Since graduating from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town with a BA Honours in Drama, she has appeared in numerous local and international film, television and theatre productions. Notable credits include Fox’s The Book of Negroes and the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City. Her acting credits include a role in the Fugard Theatre’s The Father and The Mother. She has been experimenting with creating solo performance, beginning with her living-room performance-lecture Other People’s Homes which she created in New York. In 2019, together with Francois Knoetze, she co-founded the Lo-Def Film Factory, a pop-up experimental community cinema initiative.

Speaking after the announcement, Amy Louise said, “I’m amazed! This achievement is really meaningful for me as a first-time playwright. I’ve been writing for many years, but have always been too shy to put my written work out into the world as I primarily identify as an actor. My script was written with performer Aphiwe Livi, one of the most incredible actors I’ve ever worked with, in mind. The story is inspired by a recurring dream I kept having, featuring Aphiwe, although the story is not about him or his life.

“The story is about a young man from a small town in the Eastern Cape who moves to Johannesburg to try to come to terms with his father’s death and is confronted with a new world in an urban setting, having never lived in a big city before. This is a common theme that has come up again and again over the years in South African literature: what does it mean for someone to move from a rural to an urban setting? This is what I am trying to explore with this play. It’s a play about identity, about what patriarchy dictates, about how masculinity is constructed in South Africa. It’s a play about a man who is able to find himself and find joy because he is in a new environment.

“I would like to thank Distell and the National Arts Festival for creating this opportunity for playwrights who might not otherwise have an opportunity to produce their work.”

Amy Louise received R20 000 in prize money, while all the finalists received R5 000 for their placement in the final round.

Her winning script will now be developed for staging at the National Arts Festival in June and July. She will receive the full support of the Festival team in creating and marketing the finished piece.

Competition facilitator and Executive Producer of the National Arts Festival, Nobesuthu Rayi, said that the standard of entry was particularly high this year and that it was tough to pick just one winner. “I would like to really encourage the other contestants to go ahead and take their scripts to the next level. Some of the finalists from last year did that to much critical acclaim. In particular, Morapeleng Molekoa’s play Scott was performed at Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Cape Town and will now head to National Arts Festival’s 2020 Fringe. Another 2019 finalist, Erica Harris, is bringing her play Medium Rare to Woordfees in March. This is what the competition intends to do; get these new scriptwriters writing! It’s exciting to see it all unfold.”

Bridgitte Backman, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director at Distell said, “At Distell, we place a high value on supporting arts initiatives that showcase our country’s rich heritage and diversity thereby, we believe, building a more inspired and creative society. This is central to our business journey and societal commitment. We are so excited for Amy Louise, but also for the other playwrights whose works were all very impressive. This talented young bunch of writers deserves recognition and a suitable platform for expression and further creative, strategic and functional growth and development. They’ve proven themselves, and we’ll do our utmost to support them in their respective journeys.”

The Distell National Playwright Competition underwent a rigorous judging process. There were 22 judges over two rounds. The first round was divided into four language groupings with each language group having a chairperson and two supporting judges. All the judges were given the works to review without the writer’s names attached. On motivating for Amy’s script to take first place, poet and judge Malika Ndlovu said that, “Issues of substantial gravity and complexity are not all crammed into the first few pages or erratically touched on. The script manages to capture the essence of the matters within short, effective scenes and dialogue maintaining a pace and tension that would keep an audience engaged throughout – especially with a great cast bringing it to life.”

Theatre producer and fellow judge Yvette Hardie commented that, “The structure is fast-moving and intriguing, without being confusing. And the ending has the power to be transcendent and hopeful.”

Another last round adjudicator Ameera Patel said, “It is rare to find a young writer who is able to write natural easy dialogue that feels conversational and real and then move into poetry and metaphor with as much skill. The characters feel believable and well-rounded.”

A first round of adjudication was undertaken by Mike Van Graan, Tara Notcutt, Khutjo Green, Sonwabile Mfecane, Clavin Ratladi, Nondumiso Msimaga, Warona Seane, Robert Lourens, Sello Maseko, Alby Michaels and Penny Youngleson.

A further 10 judges read scripts for the last round. They were:

  • Ameera Patel
  • Prof Anton Kruger
  • Chuma Sopotela
  • Jade Bowers
  • Malika Ndlovu
  • Nompumezo Buzani
  • Thami Mbongo
  • Xabiso Zweni
  • Xolisa Ngubelanga
  • Yvette Hardie

Amy worked with collaborator Aphiwe Livi on the script and was mentored through her script-writing process by Mike van Graan.

ABOUT THE DISTELL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION

The competition is a partnership between Distell and the National Arts Festival that aims to discover and foster new South African scriptwriting voices while also promoting diversity and social cohesion. It was founded in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small, whose work in literature and education formed a rich contribution to South African culture.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. Starting at the end of June/beginning of July, it runs for 11 days and is held in the small university city of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), which is situated in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth. For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.

The 2020 National Arts Festival takes place from 25 June to 5 July.

ABOUT DISTELL

Distell is Africa’s leading producer and marketer of a selection of top-quality spirits, wines, ciders and other ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, sold across the world.

Go to www.distell.co.za for more information about its arts and culture projects.

Follow Distell on Twitter (@DistellGroup), Facebook (@DistellGroup) and Youtube (@DistellGroup).

Join the conversation and use the hashtags: #DistellNewVoices2020 #DistellPlaywright2020

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Television

Take The Leap With DStv This February

The good news is there’s one whole extra day of incredible programmes to enjoy on DStv in February this leap year. It’s the month of love, leaps and awards and DStv is ensuring our customers are entertained to the max.

First off, there’s the 92nd Academy Awards which will be aired on M-Net (channel 101) on Monday 10 February at 02:00 for early risers and again at 21:00. Then there’s the 40th Brit Awards, which can be seen on Tuesday 18 February on BBC Brit (channel 120).

But best of all, customers have some exciting new shows to look forward to in February, starting with international crime thriller The Prodigal Son, starring Michael Sheen. If you crave murder and crime in regular doses, this crime-investigation drama can be thought of as Elementary meets Criminal Minds, with a dash of The Blacklist. Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) is an ex-FBI profiler who joins the NYPD after he is relieved of his position (due to some unorthodox albeit brilliant crime-solving). Malcolm is haunted by his past and his parentage – his father is infamous serial killer Dr Martin Whitly aka The Surgeon (Michael Sheen), and Malcom spends his life trying to prove (mostly to himself) that he is nothing like his father.

Then, South Africa’s very own Boity Thulo is debuting her new reality series Boity: Own Your Throne on BET (channel 129) on Wednesday 5 February at 21:30. The Rockville actress and rapper will show viewers how she balances her business, family and spirituality since she accepted the calling to become a sangoma. The show will also introduce Mom Modiehi, her friend Bobby and her manager Bash.

An entire DStv channel (198) is going to be devoted to the first-of-its-kind Nigerian dating show Ultimate Love. If you’re a fan of Love Island, Temptation Island, Big Brother and the like, this is the show that incorporates all the elements from these programmes into one exciting 24/7 reality show. Eight male and eight female carefully chosen contestants are paired according to their attraction to each other and must see their love survive and flourish over eight weeks under the intense scrutiny of the general public. At the end of it all, the winning couple will be rewarded with a lavish traditional wedding, a fully furnished home and other prizes. It’s a social experiment unlike any other. The channel will run from 9 February until 5 April.

Still Breathing is M-Net’s (channel 101) newest local offering, showing once again the channel’s commitment to homegrown entertainment. (Last year’s Trackers was one of the biggest hits of 2019.) Starring well-known actors such as Brandon Auret, Siv Ngesi, Kate Liquorish and Shannon Esra, the show revolves around a group of friends who have lost touch over the years, but are brought together again by tragedy. It’s all about love, friendship, relationships and betrayal, and has been compared to shows such as This is Us and Parenthood, but has a uniquely South African spin. It starts on Thursday 27 February at 20:00.

It’s going to be a February of love, crime, reality, relationships and red carpets on DStv. We have so many moments to share with you, so be sure to be there for the ride.

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Festival

Realness Institute Celebrates Sundance Win And Extends Call For 2020 Applications

Prestigious Win for Realness Alum

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s (Realness 2017) THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION, produced by Urucu Media’s Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro competed in Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Competition section to critical review.

Realness Partners Cait Pansegrouw, Mehret Mandefro and Elias Ribeiro, with Realness Alum Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) and Fanyana Hlabangane (South Africa) at Sundance Film Festival.

“Delicate and strong, this director told a little story of resistance and made it universal,” said the World Dramatic Competition Jury. “The composition of images, the visual phrase and the story of this film moved us. One of the most beautiful films of our Sundance 2020.”

This is the first film produced from Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking.

Realness Institute Programs’ Deadline extended to FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Realness Institute has been designed as a platform that caters to the full spectrum of the production line in a way that can push the African film industry forward. Core to the program’s development is the view that African cinema is a central market in the new sphere of the global cultural economy.

PROGRAMMES

The Realness Screenwriter’s Residency is dedicated to providing African film projects with the support and resources needed at the critical development stage of a film. The programme ensures that talent is given the space to mature their work, such that they develop films that can compete in the international film finance market, travel and appeal to international audiences.

Realness offers a natural environment that allows filmmakers to stretch their creativity and drive their craft under mentorship from industry experts. The residency takes the form of a six-week stay at the Nirox Foundation situated in the scenic Cradle of Humankind in South Africa.

Who is this for?

Filmmakers with distinct voices and perspectives, who are devoted to their craft and have a steadfast passion for cinema. Filmmakers with feature fiction film treatments and/ or scripts that are at least 60% filmed on the African Continent.

Creative Producer Indaba is a year-long professional development programme, providing emerging producers with the necessary tools and leadership skills to pursue their craft, as well as capacity to operate sustainable businesses at a strategic level.

Who is this for?

Producers (with and without projects) from Africa; producers from North America and Europe with an interest in co-producing with Africa,

Film Professionals from other disciplines such as distribution, international sales, funding bodies, institutions, broadcasters and development executives with a stake in the African marketplace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION go to realness.institute

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FEBRUARY 15, 2020

TO APPLY, submit your completed application to submissions@realness.institute

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Television

National Georgraphic March 2020 Highlights

THE CAVE
Sunday 8 March at 21:00

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Al Ghouta, Syria – Dr. Amani (R) waits with others during the evacuation. (National Geographic)

APOCALYPSE: WAR OF THE WORLDS
Tuesdays at 21:00, from 10 March 2020 (ends 14 April)

Summer 1945. Leaving the atrocities of war behind, the Allies wholeheartedly celebrate a return to peace. But behind the scenes of global reconstruction, a more drawn-out, insidious confrontation is in the making. Soon, an “iron curtain” will come down, dividing the Communist Eastern bloc, dominated by the Soviet Union, and the West, behind the United States. This is the Cold War, the War of Worlds. In a frantic arms race, the United States have invented the worst threat possible – the nuclear bomb. During the course of fifty years, the great heads of state, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, and Kennedy, face each other off in a precarious balance of terror. In Indochina, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, they wage war on each other through other peoples. Nonetheless, it is still the same war between East and West. The same leaders, the same terrified civilians, the same regions destroyed by bombs, the same rows of starving prisoners. Beyond those who are in power, all of mankind can, at any time, be plunged into the Apocalypse.

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Wednesdays at 20:00, from 11 March (ends 10 June)
[Note – Hiatus on 22 April, returns 29 April]

In the vastness of time and the immensity of space, the number of worlds to explore and stories to tell are infinite. This boldest COSMOS yet is a thrilling, hope-filled voyage of exploration to lost worlds and worlds yet to come. You’ll meet the searchers whose courage rivals any hero of myth. And it will carry you deep into the future and through that hole in the curtain of reality.

Our sun is born, endowing worlds to come with precious minerals, diamonds and green olivine. COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS premieres March 9, 2020 on National Geographic. (Cosmos Studios)

TO CATCH A SMUGGLER
Thursdays at 10:00, from 12 March (ends 30 April)

124 million people enter the U.S.A. through this country’s airports each year. It’s a nonstop human tidal wave and hid amongst them are an endless stream of contraband and ill intentions. Defending the borders are the vigilant men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, whose agencies make up a three-tiered defense of America’s airports. Using every tool available to them, DHS will stop at nothing to catch a smuggler.

JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY: CBP Officer Chris Elias extracts a substance from one package to see if it tests positive for cocaine. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Television)

CAR SOS – S8
Tuesdays at 20:00 from 17 March (ends 19 May)

Making motoring dreams come true for an eighth season, award-winning Car SOS is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Everyone’s favourite petrol heads Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw continue their mission to seek out classic cars with deserving owners. Using all their guile and restoration knowledge, their aim is to sneak away clapped out classics without their owners knowing, then in a blizzard of grease and grime and hard graft, get the much-loved motors back where they deserve to be, on the road. In this series, the boys take on their biggest challenges ever. Chronic rust, hard to find parts and broken engines test the boys to their limits. Cars ranging across eight decades from a vintage tourer to a 1990s Japanese supercar, from an iconic German sports coupe to a very rare British rally winner, and, for their lucky owners, the surprise they will never forget. There will be tears, there will be laughter on this automotive rollercoaster and one thing is guaranteed – there will be some very beautiful cars.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – The Car SOS team of Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend reveal the finished Singer 9 Le Mans to the Pigg Family at Duxford Imperial War Museum.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)

WOMEN OF IMPACT PROGRAMMING

The Cave
Sunday 8 March at 21:00

From Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) comes The Cave, a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. For besieged civilians in war-torn Syria, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where paediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above

Women of Impact (documentary)
Sunday 15 March at 21:00

It all starts with one question: How will you make the world a better place? From household names to rising stars, meet the women who are changing our world. The ground breaking documentary Women of Impact  features interviews with more than 40 boundary-breaking, history-making women including Sylvia Earle, Melinda Gates, Rae Wynn-Grant, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Jane Goodall, Dian Vossey, Jacinda Ardern and Beverly Joubert.

Akashinga, The Brave Ones
Sunday 22 March at 21:00

The women of Akashinga, Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poaching ranger unit, put over a hundred new recruits through an intense boot camp training selection to expand their efforts to protect elephants and other wildlife across Africa.

Diana: In her own words
Sunday 29 March at 21:00

In 1991, inside London’s Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. Morton was writing a book about Diana’s life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in the world. The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales’, marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at a crisis point. Now, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story, her side. Entirely in her voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast before.

NEW SPECIALS

US Secret Service: On the Frontline: In the Line of Fire
1 March at 21:00

With unrivaled access, cameras go behind-the-scenes with the US Secret Service as they protect the President of the United States at home and abroad.

Buried Secrets of Cordoba
Friday 13 March at 20:00

Beneath Cordoba’s modern streets lie traces of the city’s long-forgotten history. Explorer Fabio Amador joins archaeologists as they use advanced technology to unearth the city’s buried mysteries.

Hitler’s Teen Killers
Tuesday 3 March at 21:00

Spring 1944. Some 20,000 Nazi teenagers face off against Allied forces. Despite their young age, the 12th SS Panzer Division sowed terror in its path.

Turkish Airlines Mega Move
Tuesday 31 March at 19:00

Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the home of Turkish Airlines for decades, is about to close. Across town, a new state-of-the-art airport will begin operations but with flights in high demand, they have just 12 hours to move everything to their new home.

Chain of Command: Fighting Isis
Monday 16 March at 21:00

Chain of Command: Fighting ISIS is an intimate portrait of the battle against ISIS for the city of Mosul in Iraq. US troops work with Iraqi security forces to take back the city, block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

CONTINUING SHOWS

RESCUED
Thursdays at 21:00, from 6 February 2020 (ends 12 March)

The gripping new series that does a 180 on the traditional survival genre. Telling dramatic real-life stories from across the globe using footage captured by the rescuers themselves. Putting the viewer into the heart of action for every second of the unfolding drama, and every heart-stopping twist and turn. Seeing through the rescuers’ eyes in real time as they put their own lives on the line saving others.

A helicopter rescuer at helicopter base. (National Geographic/Iona Feeder)

BRAIN GAMES
Fridays at 19:00, from 14 February 2020 (ends 3 April)

National Geographic has reimagined BRAIN GAMES and added a Hollywood twist to the classic mind-bending format. Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key (“Friends From College,” “Toy Story 4,” “Lion King”), world-famous mentalist Lior Surchard, and field correspondent and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new season of BRAIN GAMES challenges some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize their special brain power through fun and highly entertaining interactive games, illusions and social experiments that will reveal the “why” behind the “wow.” The in-studio audience and the viewers at home can play along, comparing their mental abilities against those of the A-listers. Join in the fun as BRAIN GAMES reveals the incredible science of what makes our brains tick!

Ted Danson on the set of the new Brain Games with host Keegan-Michael Key.(National Geographic/Eric McCandless)

ULTIMATE SUPERCAR
Tuesdays at 19:00, from 18 February 2020 (ends 24 March)

Today’s high-end high-performance Supercars are an amazing combination of art and science. Super Car Build finds out how they do it and goes behind the scenes at some of the most legendary automotive marques to discover the hidden engineering secrets and keys to each machine’s success.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster on Track. (Cry Havoc Productions/Joe Valde)

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10×60’)
Wednesdays at 21:00, from 22 January 2020 (ends 25 March)

Survivalist Bear Grylls returns to the wild with some of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities for a new season of his outdoor adventure series. From Marvel superheroes to award winning entertainers, a new guest joins Bear each week for a no-holds-barred journey through some of the most extreme environments in the world. Together, they must rely on bush craft techniques to survive each dangerous location while pushing through both mental and physical limits to brave even the most challenging obstacles.

Sardinia, Italy – A portrait of Bear Grylls for National Geographic’s RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS. (National Geographic/Jeff Ellingson)
Categories
Television

National Geographic Wild March 2020 Highlights

SNAKE MONTH

Sundays at 18:00, from 1 March 2020

National Geographic Wild dedicates a whole month to these fantastic creatures. The snake is one of the oldest mythological characters and has been revered by civilizations the world over. Snakes are highly effective predators and play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature.

Premieres:
Snakes In The City 6 (6 x 60)
Monster Constrictor (1 x 60)
Killer Snake Island (1 x 60)
America’s Super Snake (1 x 60)

Snakes in the City S6
Sundays at 18:00, from 1 March 2020

Snakes in the City is a documentary-style reality TV series centering on the daily life of snake rescuers, Simon Keys, and his herpetologist girlfriend, Siouxsie Gillett in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. This once was a tropical jungle teaming with spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons, night adders, bush snakes and boomslang. It’s their territory and humans built a city right on top of it. Today, the jungle may be gone, but the snakes sure ain’t!

THE INCREDIBLE DR POL S9
Mondays at 21:40, from 2 March

On this rip-roaring season of The Incredible Dr. Pol, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls. Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works seven days a week pulling calves, pushing prolapses and trying to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory.

ROSEBUSH, MICH.- Dr. Pol and Charles respond to an emergency call at Richard Haynes’, where a calf is down and cannot get up. Dr. Pol does his routine physical examination, but the source of this calf’s woes may lay just outside of the barn. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels)

ONTINUING SHOWS

JUNGLE ANIMAL RESCUE (8 x 60‘)
Wednesdays at 18:00 from 5 February

A land of elephants, tigers, leopards and bears, India is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. But it’s also home to 1.3 billion people who increasingly compete with wild animals for living space. Now, a dedicated team of conservationists and vets are on a mission to rescue animals in distress and find a way for India’s people and wildlife to coexist in harmony.

Categories
Television

Fox Life March 2020 Highlights

REALITY WEEKDAYS

BOSS NAILS S1
Mondays at 19:55 (ends 24 March)

PREACHERS OF ATLANTA
Tuesdays at 19:55 (ends 21 April)

SISTERHOOD OF HIP HOP S2
Wednesdays at 19:55 (ends 22 April)

MARRIED TO MEDICINE S4
Thursdays at 19:55 (ends 18 June)

EX ISLE
Fridays at 19:55 (ends 8 May)

HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK-END MARATHON

JUSTICE BY ANY MEANS S1 & S2.
21 – 22 March all day both days.
S1, from 06:15 21 March – all day
S2, from 06:15 22 March – all day

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music

Fox Africa March 2020 Highlights

EMPIRES S6B

Thursdays at 20:45. From 7 February (ends 27 March)
Repeats on Saturdays at 21:00, Sundays at 22:00, Tuesdays at 23:00

A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and often dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment.

CRIMIMAL MINDS S14

Double bills. Fridays at 19:55. From 7 February (ends 27 March)

Be prepared for the most shocking season ever!

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NUMB3RS S6

Monday – Thursday at 19:55, from 13 February (End 11 March)

An FBI agent recruits his mathematical-genius brother to help the bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.

THE WALKING DEAD S10B

Mondays at 20:45, from 24 February, (ends 13 April)
[Simulcast Mondays at 03:00]

The Whisperer War looks to be reaching boiling point, but a small wait came first. Tune in to find out what’s coming next!

THE RESIDENT S3

Tuesdays at 20:45. From 21 January (Ends 23 June)

In season 3, Red Rock Mountain Medical has taken over, inserting its own doctors – including new neurosurgeon Dr Barrett Cain (Morris Chestnut – Rosewood) – and nurses into the well-oiled machine that was once Chastain Memorial Hospital, and causing the doctors to fight harder than ever against the corrupting influence of money in healthcare. The hospital is being run like a profit-hungry corporation – reaping huge financial gains, while risking the lives of its patients.

PRIVATE PRACTISE – S4 CATCH UP

Saturday 21 March Episodes 1 – 11, from 6:00 – 14:40
Sunday 22 March Episodes 12 – 22, from 6:00 – 14:40