Thapelo Mokoena. Picture: Supplied

The year 2020 is fast approaching and Indigenous Film Distribution has lined up a slate of must-see local films – from ground-breaking indies to more commercial fare that will appeal to all filmgoers.

“2019 was a hugely successful year for local film, and the new year looks set to continue the trend,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Production. “The industry has continued to grow and to experiment with different genres. Local audiences are making it clear that they enjoy seeing movies about themselves.”

Here is a round-up of some forthcoming releases:

First up, opening on 28 February is South Africa’s selection for the highly coveted International Feature Film category at the Oscars, “Knuckle City”. Directed Mdantsane-born filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, the film is already making big waves overseas after careening at various international film festivals to much acclaim. 

The gritty crime-drama tells the story of an aging, womanising, professional boxer from the Eastern Cape and his career-criminal brother who take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for.