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Shameela Seedat’s Film, “African Moot,” Set for Special Screenings in South Africa

Shameela Seedat’s Film, “African Moot,” Set for Special Screenings in South Africa

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The documentary captures the intense moments of the Moot Competition held in Botswana.

By Helena Olori

The Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) has announced the special screenings of the documentary film, African Moot, across four different locations in celebration of South Africa’s Freedom Month.

The 85-minute documentary is directed by the human rights lawyer cum filmmaker Shameela Seedat. It topped the African Report’s Most Notable African Films in 2022.

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In African Moot, the South African filmmaker and director of the award winning Whispering Truth to Power captures the journey of four teams of law student from Cape Town, Cairo, Kampala, and Nairobi as they prepare to compete at the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

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The annual “Mooting Competition” brings together talented law students from across the African continent to debate hypothetical human rights issues affecting the continent before a mock court, with each team hoping to win the moot trophy. The competition, since inception in 1992, has fostered teachings and researches in human rights programmes, and more than 170 universities across 47 African countries have participated.

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Seedat’s film takes viewers through the various events and competition rounds leading up to a suspenseful finale of this edition held in Botswana, highlighting the intense moments of the competition as well as the bonding and friendships built.

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The African Moot special screenings have been scheduled to hold on April 25th, 26th and May 5th respectively at the School of Law in UKZN Howard Campus, the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Milpark, Johannesburg, Bertha House in Mowbray, Cape Town, and the Isivivana Centre Cinema in Khayelitsha.

Get entry tickets for free here.

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