All of my adult life I would book random trips and then realized that if I did some research I could have went to some type of event. Whether it was a film or food festival, I would notice that I would miss out on experiencing cool events so this year I attempted to travel with a purpose. I originally wanted to go to New York Film Festival but I was too impatient for the tickets to go on sale. I didn’t want to book a trip and not be able to go because I could not get the tickets so I chose Toronto Film Festival. However, after about a week of hurt feelings and tears from being denied by racist Airbnb owners, I completely gave up the dream. I searched every day for another major festival but every festival that I saw had already came and went or was days away. But then I stumbled upon AFI Fest and my dream was realized again.
When I did find out about it the passes were not on sale yet so I stalked and stalked and stalked until they were. It was an awesome experience and I would love to go back again. I mean Jim Carrey bumped into me and I saw one of my huge crushes. My birthday trip was everything and more. Here’s a list of movies I watched and bit of my thoughts.
A group of young friends on a camping trip, deep in the South African countryside wake up to discover they have all swapped bodies. Their individual cultural heritage and experience of these strange happenings couldn’t be more different; and stranded in the wilderness, they will have to navigate a personal-political labyrinth if their friendship and their lives are ever to be the same again. The stage is set for comedy to turn to tragedy, for the fantasy of South Africa’s “Rainbow Nation” to become a painful awakening.
I rearranged my entire schedule for the festival to make sure this movie was something that I got to see. It’s a foreign film based in South Africa about some kids going on a road trip and experiencing something that helps them see life from another point of view. You will hear the thoughts about the effects of apartheid had on the country and additional thoughts about relationships and sexism. Shot from cellphones in a vlogging point of view, there was not much I expected from the film but it did go from a put together plot to let’s hurry up and finish the movie type of rushed feeling. Once the surprise of the film started to happen, it seemed like they didn’t know what else to do with it or have any other things to add to the conversation. It fizzled quickly but I appreciate where they attempted to go with the film. It was definitely funny.
If you decide that you want to go to AFI Fest, the tickets are free but free tickets do not guarantee you entry. You’re still on standby. I’d recommend getting the Express Pass ($400). You’re still waiting no matter what but at least if you are in line when you’re supposed to be, you’re in there.