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Aryan Kaganof

Aryan Kaganof is a South African independent filmmaker whose work typically explores taboo and politically controversial subject matter.

Born as Ian Kirkhof — and several of his early films are produced under that name — he changed his name to Kaganof in 1999. He also studied filmmaking at the Netherlands Film & Television Academy in Amsterdam between 1990-94.

In 2008, he directed SMS Sugar Man, the first feature film to be shot entirely on a cell phone, the Sony Ericsson W900i. He is also a novelist, poet and performance artist and his film Civilization and Other Chimeras Observed During the Making of an Exceptionally Artistic Feature Film was named the Underground Film Journal's Movie of the Year of 2009.

You can learn more about this filmmaker at his official website.

Watch Streaming Films By Aryan Kaganof:


Civilization and Other Chimeras Observed During the Making of an Exceptionally Artistic Feature Film (2009)
SMS Sugar Man (2008)
Giant Steps (2005)
Michael Blake Untitled (2005)
Mafatlha (2005)
Totem (1997-2005)
Geboorte Werd Hem Zijn Dood (1993-2005)
Merzbow Beyond Snuff (1997-2005)
Two Heads Are Better Than One (2005)
A Funeral (1999-2005)
The Muses (2004)
The Murder Mystery (2004)
Reich Dance Redemption (2004)
A Willing Suspension of Disbelief (2004)
At Last I Am Free (1995-2004)
Abraxas Opus One (2003)
A Sacrifice (2003)
Bantu Continua Uhuru Nihilismus (2003)
Gare Itshebeng (2003)
Sharp Sharp! (2003)
Arrested Development (2003)
The Resurrection (1997-2003)
Alles Goed? (2003)
Primal Scene (2002)
Casbah and Back (2002)
Western 4.33 (2002)
Venus in Furs (2001)
Nostalgia for the Future (2000)
Tokyo Elegy (Shabondama Elegy) (1999)
Sylvia Kristel: Years Later (1998)
Mondo Roxy: No Other Drugs Required (1998)
Signal to Noise (1997)
Techno: Space & Flow in the Radical Frame (1996)
Come to the Point (1995)
The Turner Revelation (1995)
Reflections on Dead Weight (1994)
Baby Kain (1994)
The Dead Man 2: Return of the Dead Man (1994)
Ten Monologues From the Lives of the Serial Killers (1994)


A Rebours

A Rebours from Cinema Abattoir is a full-frontal assault of transgressive short films by Usama Alshaibi, Aryan Kaganof, Karl Lemieux and more.

Rip It Up With Cinema Abattoir

Montreal’s Cinema Abattoir is offering up a night of disjointed, sexy fun on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00 p.m. with a back-to-back screening event. First up, is the part: Rip in Pieces USA, directed by Dominic Gagnon.

SMS Sugar Man

Aryan Kaganof’s SMS Sugar Man is the first feature film shot all on a cell phone: A dubious or celebratory event depending on your own POV.