December 6, 2018

‘Scenes from a Dry City’ Documentary Goes to IFDA


The world premiere of ‘SCENES FROM A DRY CITY’ will be at IDFA 2018 and is co-directed by Cape Town duo Simon Wood and Emmy-award winner Francois Verster.

The film becomes the first South African film in four years to be selected for competition at the worlds largest documentary festival. The South African filmmakers teamed up with Laura Poitras (Academy Award-winning director of ‘CITIZENFOUR’) and Charlotte Cook who produced the film through their company Field of Vision in New York.

The Director Simon Wood said, “It was an incredible experience working with Laura and Charlotte, they were creatively engaged in the idea and really helped shape the project. It was amazing to have access to so much experience and good advice.” Co-Director Francois Verster added, “It was a pleasure to be working with such a supportive team. I have never really worked much on short documentaries before, and have been both surprised and inspired by a different kind of storytelling possibilities the form offers.”

Described by IDFA as a film that is as visually stunning as it urgent, ‘SCENES FROM A DRY CITY’ uses the lens of water to explore Cape Town, South Africa’s current water crisis. Juxtaposing vignettes in different areas of the city, the film examines how the scarcity of humanity’s most precious resource causes cracks in the city’s complex social fabric.

IDFA stated that the Competition for Short Documentary was so strong this year that not twelve but fourteen titles were selected. A striking common feature of the filmmakers is a strong leaning towards aesthetic exploration and a remarkably bold approach. Wood stated, “I am delighted to be returning to Amsterdam with a new film, IDFA is the spiritual home for documentarians and to be selected for competition there is an incredible honour.” Verster added, “We are very honoured to have the film premiering at IDFA before the film moves on to other platforms.”

Following its World and North American premiere ‘SCENES FROM A DRY CITY’ will be extensively shown on activist sites and in community roadshows around Africa and elsewhere in the world.