A personal documentary about the filmmaker’s relationship to his well known father, a leader in the South African liberation movement, set against the backdrop of the struggle for South Africa and the transition to democracy.
Surfing and apartheid in the present and the past, told through a black South African big wave surfer and his family.
Southern Africa’s plant and animal life has a global significance second only to the Amazon Rainforest. Locked within the region is a vast medicine cabinet of untapped resources. This has not gone unnoticed by the pharmaceutical giants whose bio-prospecting has led them into conflict with Southern Africa’s indigenous people, the San. We tell the story of the rabid hunt for new drugs, the vast profits to be made and the marginalized traditional healers of the region in their last stand to heal the world before it destroys them and their practices forever.
In 1906, to raise revenue, the Natal Colony introduces a new tax on the head of every man over the age of 18. Young chief Bhambatha leads a brave fight against the tax that not only unites many Africans but for the first time sees guerilla tactics used against the enemy on the continent. This film explores the conditions that gave Bhambatha and his supporters no option but to make a stand, and the brutal response by the colony to wrest power away from African chiefs.
Communities across South Africa are up in arms. Tired of waiting for the state to make good on liberation’s promises and facing deepening poverty they have once again taken to the streets. Protest actions have increased in number and volatility since the early 2000’s, reaching record highs in 2010. CITIZEN X is an unflinching portrait of civil unrest in the New South Africa; recently crowned the most unequal society in the world.
Through the experiences of community leaders in Alexandra, Soweto and Khutsong, the film critically traces the potential beginnings of a popular resistance and asks some difficult questions of both the movements and the state they are up against. Are these protests demanding the dream of equality for all be kept on the agenda… and if not why not?
The Battle for Johannesburg captures the changing face of a city that’s preparing to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It’s a tale of property developers vying for sections of the crumbling city with renewed excitement, of a city council determined to create a world class city and ultimately of how this affects the hundreds of thousands of people who have made the city slums their home. There is money to be spent, even more to be made and conflicting interests are at stake.
As whole areas around stadiums get a brush up and the middle classes, black and white, begin to move back in, beneath the scramble for property and space is a human story of survival. The eyes of the world are on South Africa. The film raises universal questions such as does urban development have to mean gentrification and is it possible to create a world class city for all?
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the POV of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down, follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
To date shown at over 35 festivals and has won the following awards: