Boetie Kom Kyk

Produced by Timothy Gabb and Lara Rall – 5min
TV Intensive 2011

The story of Karoo sheep shearers in Nieu-Bethesda.
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Umbulelo (Thanksgiving)

Produced by Annie Polak amd Mvuso Ponono. 5min.
TV intensive 2011

An after –funeral drinking spree ended in tragedy. Twelve young people journeyed from Dimbaza to Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape after a funeral. Close to their destination their car crashed over a bridge killing half the group and leaving six survivors . Mawethu Maweza, the only sober person to have survived that night, tells the story of the fatal crash and the traditional isiXhosa ceremony to pay respects to his ancestors for protecting him that tragic night.
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The Roots of our Ills

Production by Bradley Jannsen, Ntombikayise Mlangeni & Lisa Bluett.
Digital Korruption Productions – 24 minutes
Winner of the RUTV 2011 Doc Fest Audience Award

Nutrition is a fundamental part of human existence. So why are South Africans suffering from nutrition related diseases when a simple change of lifestyle would ensure a longer, healthier and more productive life? This documentary debunks myths about what is actually traditional food, examines how traditions can negatively affects health, and looks at indigenous foods that should be preserved and promoted in the Eastern Cape.
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Anything but the Bucket

Produced by Andy Leve, Duduetsang Makuse & Prinesh Naidoo
Pretty Dandy Productions – 24 mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University

People In Kwandancama Township in Grahamstown still use the bucket system introduced during apartheid. They are some of the more than 130 000 people in the Eastern Cape still using the bucket and want the chance to use “proper” flush toilets. We document the journey of Siliwe Ntlanjeni and her frustration in the community and help her to look at the economically and environmentally viable alternatives to those who really want anything but the bucket.
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Inbetweeners

Production by Daniel Eslick, Lonwabo Fayo & Viktoria Marinova.
A 4tune Cookie Production. School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University

A small coloured community in Grahamstown, trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, crime and drug abuse, attempts to describe how and why they are seemingly disregarded by the rest of their country – voicing concerns about how their “race” is marginalised and disregarded in the Eastern Cape. The crew found a variety of voices including Newton Jordaan, a young social commentator with great concerns about the future of the youth and the “individual” in his area.
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A Question of Thrones

Production by Chwayitisa Futshane, Zikhona Masala & Kyle Robinson.
Kwagga Productions. 24 minutes

The consequences of colonisation and Apartheid can still be seen in the complex politics of traditional leadership today — made worse by a democratic Constitution which makes no mention of customary law. The kingdoms of the Eastern Cape, mainly the AmaXhosa, the AmaPondo and the AbaThembu all face internal dispute and dissention; and the team journeyed into the Transkei to attempt to understand the pivotal issues involved.
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The Population Placation

Production by Rogan Kerr & Ayushi Chhabra
Dizzeemouse Productions. 24 minutes

This documentary follows a day in the life of four learners in Grahamstown, all from different walks of life and economic situations — exploring their influences and experiences from the home (parents and family), the school (teachers, academic quality and resources), as well as their peer relations (friends, girl/boyfriends etc). Their stories create a powerful and heartfelt exploration into the ‘haves’, the ‘have nots’ and the humanity we all share!
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Flip the Script

Directed by Duduetsang Makuse – 5min

Fatherlessness has become a norm to most South African children — often reduced to a simple root cause of men’s irresponsibility. But this documentary is about the other side of the story – a story of a young man who shares his experiences of the challenges of unplanned fatherhood. Ultimately, the film offers up an alternative way of thinking about teenage and unplanned pregnancies by looking at the situation from a different angle.
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Ocean Riders

Directed by Kyle Robinson – 5mins

With long hours of battling rough and unpredictable seas just for a short ride that rarely lasts longer than a few seconds, the surfing lifestyle is not for everyone. But it is for some! Here a Canadian surfer and a beginner kitesurfer illustrate how important the surfing life is to millions! And not only do we hear them speaking of their love of the ocean, but we see them in action, surfing some monster waves and doing incredible aerial manoeuvres too!
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To womb it may

Directed by Zikhona Masala – 5mins

With one of the worst rape records in world, stories of rape are not new South Africa. Often though, when stories of rape are shared, few focus on the power and empowerment found in the process of overcoming the trauma. This is a story however, which does just that – as Corinne Knowles shares her own experiences of sexual violence and her role in empowering others who have been similarly affected, through the 1 in 9 Campaign.

Social Activism

Directed by Andiswa Leve – 5mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies. Rhodes University.

The Unemployed Peoples Movement, based in Grahamstown, serves as a mouthpiece for the unemployed, but also finds support and solidarity from the employed in its highly public protests. This is the UPM’s story as a grassroots social movement — its ethos, leadership, vision, activities and desire to create socio-political change in which citizens are directly involved. We meet the chairman , Ayanda Kota.
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NSRI – Saving Lives at Sea

Directed by Bradley Janssen – 5mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies. Rhodes University.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a volunteer organisation specialising in ocean rescue on South African waters; and the crew members of Station 11 NSRI Port Alfred are on call 24/7 365. Their recent chokka boat rescue on 5 June 2011 saved nine crew from being entombed in their ship’s hull. Now, we delve deeper and catch a few rides to reveal the story of those who save lives by risking their own. Grab a wetsuit, life jacket and hang on! (Photos by Sea Rescue)
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DROP

Directed by Daniel Eslick – 5 mins


Two local DJ’s from Grahamstown, “SMASH n GRAB” share their love for Dubstep – one of the fastest growing global music genres whose infectious beat and powerful bass is entrancing millions around the world. The South African bass culture is yet to be fully realised, but Grahamstown has become a major local hub. This piece highlights Dubstep as “sex music” – a new kind of feeling you now can get on the modern dancefloor. We meet Justin Shaw and Juan Levin
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Reintroducing rhino, reviving hope

Directed by Lisa Bluett – 5min

Kapela, the one who came by surprise, is a tale of hope for the future of the diminishing black rhino population in the Eastern Cape. Set in the Amakhala Game Reserve and focused on Kapela’s rewilding, this documentary recognises the danger and devastation of poaching, but also celebrates the ideal of new life through breeding and rehabilitation. Indeed, Kapela’s story is a reminder to celebrate the 4240 black rhino that still live, as much as mourning those who have died.
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The City of Saints

Directed by Lonwabo Fayo – 5mins

This short documentary is on the rather controversial issue of Christian church denomination and division, as seen through the microcosm of Grahamstown with its more than 50 church buildings and over 200 congregations. The film highlights both the positives and negatives of Grahamstown’s prevalence of separate denominations, and uses this to subtly reflect on the nature of the global Christian church.
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