A personal documentary that looks at the prospect of the director’s six year old son relocating to Austria following the rise of the far right in Austria, and traces the harrowing story of an asylum seeker.
A portrait of the controversial left wing journalist from Mozambique, who was slain for his investigative and campaigning work
This is a journey into the heart of Zimbabwean crisis seen through the eyes of the filmmaker, who once lived in Zimbabwe and held Mugabe in esteem. As he returns to make sense of the conflict he is led into a strife-torn farming area. Through cultural characters that include a farmer, a farm worker and a war veteran, we enter the social texture of present day drama that defines rural and urban Zimbabwe. The conflict between farm worker and settlers is explored as is the conflict between farmer and farm worker. This nuanced piece is frank in its pro-equality stance and candid but poetic in the critique of those who claim to represent the interests of peasants and workers on both sides.
This film charts the life of Melanie Ferguson as she plummeted into heroin addiction and how she came out the other side to become a leading writer and author.
A personal journey, in the form of a road movie, that shows how South Africa’s segregated past lives on in the social geography of the present. Black filmmaker Rehad Desai seeks out what lies at the core of white identity, from the English middle class of Johannesburg’s suburbs, to the Afrikaners of the towns that belonged to the former Transvaal, to their last outpost in Orania, a self-proclaimed homeland of small group of Afrikaners.
How does the global fight over who owns content, copyright and programmes perpetuate the divide between developed nations and developing ones? This fun, yet insightful documentary navigates global and local initiatives that keep information in the public domain. Information technology is increasingly taken for granted and we use it as a tool to facilitate our everyday existence and generally pay the price that the software and content giants demand without asking. In this so-called ‘Information Age’, knowledge has become a commodity. Does this conflict with the basic human right of freedom of access to knowledge? How does this affect us in South Africa where knowledge is the one area where developing countries can realise their human potential?
Magadien Wentzel was first arrested in the mid seventies for taking part in a student protest against apartheid. This event was to change the course of his life. He spent most of his adulthood in Western Cape prisons and as a leader of the 28s gang, a powerful man who commanded fear on the “inside”.But destiny and history intervened again when prison reform programmes were introduced in South African prisons after apartheid ended. When he was finally released in 2003, Magadien faced the arduous task of proving his reform to his three children, his community and himself.
A six part documentary series spanning 100 years of the pioneering South African township. Built on the boggy edges of Johannesburg, Alexandra is known for its musicians, poets, political leaders, sporting heroes and gangsters. The series includes interviews with over sixty people including Nelson Mandela, whose time in Alexandra inspired his political activism; Louisa Rivers, who truanted from school to join the 1956 Women’s March on Parliament, and the youth leaders who made South Africa ungovernable in the 1980s, leading to the downfall of apartheid.