5 movies you have to watch at the Silwerskerm Festival this year

Cape Town – The biggest Afrikaans film festival descends on the shores of Camps Bay.

The fifth annual Silwerskerm Festival will be held at the Bay Hotel from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 August.

Ten feature films will be screened at the festival eight of the films will have their première and two are popular films that were released earlier this year.

Here are five feature films that we cannot wait to see.

Dis ek, Anna

Based on the books Dis ek, Anna and Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer by Anchien Troskie. It tells the story of the sexual abuse of Anna Bruwer. This much anticipated film has already made headlines. It stars Charlene Brouwer, Morné Visser, Marius Weyers, Nicola Hanekom, Elton Landrew and Ilse Klink and is directed by Sara Blecher.

Die Pro

Die Pro is a classic coming of age story that was inspired by the youth novel by Leon de Villiers.  Professional surfer Tiaan Nothnagel turns his back on the sea and everything to do with surfing when his best friend, Dirkie Lawrence, dies in a freak accident. The film is directed by André Velts and the cast include Edwin van der Walt, Reine Swart, Viljé Maritz, Neels van Jaarsveld, Albert Maritz, Bennie Fourie, Hélène Truter and Marcel van Heerden.


Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter dies while under the care of her employer. Things become complicated when she learns that her employers are expecting their first child. It stars Anel Alexander, Shoki Mokgapa, Jacques Bessenger, Amalia Uys, Vuyelwa Booi, Diaan Lawrenson, Hanli Rolfes, Sarahann Doherty and Morné du Toit.

Verskietende Ster

It tells the story of musical prodigy Phillip Schuman who has the weight of the real world threatening to shadow the light of his genius. Phillip’s world falls apart when his mother dies and now it is just him and his father, Tomas, a man that has long ago given up on life.  The film is directed by Darrell Roodt and stars Deànré Reiners, Hykie Berg, Jana Strydom, Hannes van Wyk, Ilse Oppelt, Hanli Rolfes and Corine du Toit.

Boere op die Aardsdrempel

In a remote stretch of Patagonia, Argentina, there is a 100-year-old community that speaks Afrikaans - a language only spoken in South Africa. After the destruction of a war with the British, these Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, sailed across the ocean to start a new life. Today, only a few dozen still speak the language and they are struggling to keep their culture alive. This documentary is a portrait of the last days of the community and one family's longing to reconnect with South Africa. The film is directed by Richard Finn Gregory.

Tickets for the kykNET Silwerskermfees 2015 are available at Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.co.za).