Scenes from a Dry City
In South Africa, an impending water crisis grips an entire town.
Director: Francois Verster, Simon Wood
Country: United States
Director Biography: Francois Verster is an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His films generally follow creative and observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards - these include THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD (2014), SEA POINT DAYS (2009), THE MOTHERS’ HOUSE (2006), A LION’S TRAIL (2002) and WHEN THE WAR IS OVER (2002). He recently produced, filmed and edited Shameela Seedat’s WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER (2018) which won the Special Jury prize at Hot Docs, and AFRICAN MOOT (2022), and co-directed SCENES FROM A DRY CITY (2018), which amongst others won the World Press Photo Digital Online Video award. Verster has taught documentary or held fellowships at Columbia U, New York U, U of Cape Town, U of the Witwatersrand and elsewhere, and has published on documentary in various journals and anthologies. He currently teaches a postgraduate course in creative documentary at the U of the Western Cape. He has appeared on various festival juries and has had nine local or international festival retrospectives or special focus series on his work, most recently at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Producer: Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras