filmmakers against racism

August 30, 2008

The 3continents film festival is showing a number of films on human rights at Nouveau’s around Gauteng at the moment. Many of these films are shown only once at each location. Sadly I didn’t follow the Nouveau the past few weeks, been in too much of a hurry, so I only found out about it now, and next week I will be at the Northern Synod for a few days, so will miss whole lot more

On Monday at 20:00 Filmmakers Against Racism 1 is showing at Brooklyn Nouveau, a documentary with the Xenophobic attacks as it’s focus. These were produces by filmmakers that committed themselves to make films that speak of the issue, and portray some of the stories of what happened. You can book your ticket at www.sterkinekor.com. Let me know if you are going, maybe we can organize a discussion afterwards. Just send me a mail of SMS, of leave a comment here.

Click more to get more info on what the different short films will be about…

Affectionately known as Alex
Affectionately known as Alex is a verite snap-shot of life in Alex in the months preceding the outbreak of xenophobic violence in May 2008. Filmmaker Danny Turken captures the rising tensions in Alex in the first half of the year, giving the viewer some indication of the complex motivations of Alex residents who have nowhere else to turn in the face of a national government that seems to have forgotten they exist. The film does not provide all the answers, but instead will leave the viewer asking questions about the responsibility of a nation to its most vulnerable citizens.

Two Camps, Three Refugees
The spate of xenophobic violence in May 2008 sent shockwaves through South Africa and displaced thousands. Migrants sought asylum in various police stations, churches and other places of safety, creating a crisis of overwhelming proportions. This film tells the story of the Jeppe and Cleveland refugee camps through resident’s struggles against abject living conditions, medical and infrastructural inefficiencies, and inappropriate decisions by government. At the heart of this limbo, is the terror of a hostile South Africa into which they must soon be repatriated

Angels on our shoulders
Out of the destruction, chaos and trauma of the recent xenophobic violence a small group of Zimbabwean teachers try to establish some structure and healing for the displaced children and for themselves. Their approach – the establishment of the Good Hope School, situated in a double-decker bus at the Rand Airport Displacement Camp. Some routine begins to emerge against the backdrop of a cramped and under-resourced environment. Even though there’s no quick fix for the underlying trauma and pain experienced, the resilience and dignity of the human spirit is described by this story, told through the eyes of the children. The madness of random hate is breathtakingly obvious throughout the film, without a single image of physical violence.

Asikhulume Lets Talk
As a group of once exiled jazz musicians in their seventies prepare for a concert they discuss the current wave of xenophobia. They recall their days in exile and how they were housed, fed, clothed and protected by African nationals.
Affectionately known as Alex, Angels on our shoulders, Two Camps, Three Refugees and Asikhulume – Let’s Talk screening together

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