Following on from another successful virtual Festival, the South African Film Festival (SAFF) presents SAFF On Demand, a curated selection films from the 2021, 2020 and 2019 SAFF Festival program available for rent online from 29th May – 13th June

Featuring the entire line-up of 17 films from the 2021 Festival, as well as seven favourites from the 2019 and 2020 Festivals, SAFF On Demand offers audiences access to some of South Africa’s most exciting, challenging and award-winning contemporary cinema. The films selected reflect South Africa’s diverse population, rich tradition of struggle for democracy and equality, and complex political and economic reality.

All ticket proceeds go to supporting Education without Borders in programs that assist young South Africans in some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities.

Films featured in the line-up include:

Liyana, a vibrant and moving family film where oral storytelling and innovative animation fuse to illustrate the plight of Swazi AIDS orphans. An award-winning hybrid documentary, Liyana is a true crowd pleaser that makes the therapeutic value of storytelling fully felt.

Beyond Moving, an uplifting documentary about Siphe November, a gifted ballet dancer discovered as a boy in the townships. A Billy Elliot story with a South African twist, the film follows Siphe as he trains with Canada’s National Ballet School and ultimately secures a premier position in the world of professional ballet.

Johnny Clegg, The White Zulu is an adventure into the life of one of South Africa’s most exceptional musicians. Apartheid wanted to separate blacks from whites, Johnny Clegg brought them together by mixing English and Zulu, African rhythms and rock.

Glory Game: The Joost van der Westhuizen Story follows the life of Joost van der Westhuizen, from his rise through the ranks to be selected as a Springbok, to his fight with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), the most severe case of MND, with only one prognosis, death. A compelling tale of redemption, set against the backdrop of sporting glory, this is the story of a modern day warrior forced to face his own human frailty.

Beyond the River is inspired by the true story of two men from opposite sides of the track, one who is escaping a life of crime and the other escaping heartache. The duo enter the gruelling Dusi canoe marathon hoping to heal their nation’s wounds.

Toorbos, South Africa’s moving Oscar submission. Based on a novel by celebrated Afrikaans author Dalene Matthee, Toorbos documents a woman blossoming against the destruction of her environment.

Barakat, offers a rare and insightful glimpse into the heart of the Muslim community of Cape Town, seen through the prism of one family’s travails as they grapple with the ups and downs of life, love and familial relationships.

Life is Wonderful, a documentary that features the surviving defendants and lawyers of the Rivonia Trial as they recount the apartheid-era court case that resulted in life-imprisonment for eight struggle heroes.

Influence, a revealing look at the immoral and weaponised influence that PR firm Bell Pottinger had in South Africa and the world.

As well as access to watch the films, tickets also get you exclusive content including filmmaker question and answer sessions, interviews with the directors and more.

Audiences can get access to the complete library of films for just $80.

Individual films are available to rent for $8.00 (single viewer) and $10 (more viewers) each and are available for the 29th May – 13th June.

Tickets can be booked online at


What: SAFF On Demand
When: 29th May – 13th June
Where: online at
Tickets: $8/$10 per film (one person/group). $80 complete program bundle.