Two Stories

Production by Martin Bleazard, Justin Archer & Rosanna Scott 24mins

Winner of the Audience Prize 2012 at the 7th RUTV Documentary Film Festival

Two Stories profiles the experiences and impact of two people from different backgrounds. Jan and Nosiphokazi live in two townships in the Eastern Cape. Their presence in these places has affected them and those around them profoundly.
Nosiphokazi Fihlani, a corrective rape survivor, lives in the Grahamstown township and stands bravely against those who discriminate against her and so inspires other lesbians to be open in a community that wants to keep them silenced.
Jan Blom, a rowing coach from Holland, came to the Port Alfred township after his partner died and started an organization to train disadvantaged children in sports and basic education.

Facing the Music

Production by Sungeni Chithambo, Charmian Africa & Thomas Mills. 24min

Music is a recreational activity offered in prisons nationwide. Five male ex-convicts in Grahamstown explain their crimes and show the power that music has played by giving them discipline, self-worth, focus and an occupation to help avoid further crime. Music alone cannot be credited; the characters highlight the importance of family support as a driving force behind successful reintegration into society and a curb to potential re-offense. This documentary takes a look at Norman Plaatjie and friends, all ex-prisoners trying to re-adapt into the community.

The Red Ribbon Drug

Production by Tarryn Ross, Kelley Wake & Christopher Tucker – 24min

South Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world: with women being the most vulnerable sector. We share the lives of HIV positive women whose prognoses have been dramatically changed since the roll-out of anti-retrovirals – the Red Ribbon Drugs. While ARV’s prove to be the miracle drugs that allow infected persons to live a full life, the stigma remains and the rate of infection is still climbing. We meet people living positively with the virus, re-examine the failed history of the state’s disease intervention and find out how ARVs are being misused by people in the Eastern Cape.

Woodstock – The Art of Living

Production by Aimee Caulfield, Candice Ford & Gabi Zietsman 24min

Woodstock in Cape Town is emerging as an artistic suburb fostering a tightly-knit and diverse community adapting the dilapidated charm of a notorious inner city suburb with some simple innovative design interventions. We see how some professionals within the community make a difference and are drawn to the inclusive spirit that the community can offer. Violet’s Walk, a Peace Garden, a graffiti project, radical cycling and other innovative projects offer a model of a mixed community adapting to an urban future without passively waiting for commercial development and central planning.

Courting Tradition

Production by Candyce Bruce, Julie Campbell & Enathi Mqokeli

The Traditional Courts Bill is highly contested legislation that is seen as being unconstitutional, undemocratic and may be negative for vulnerable rural women. Courting Tradition engages critically with this bill by presenting diverse voices on the tabled law as well as what should be done to challenge its retrogressive powers over rural society. A contrasting history of the traditional and magistrates courts is presented to outline the future challenges to ensure effective justice beyond party alliances.

Proceed with Caution

Investigative documentary by Martin Bleazard, Kelley Wake and Justin Archer.

The Eastern Cape has some of the deadliest roads in South Africa. More people die on the road from Mthatha and East London annually than any other road in South Africa and yet surprisingly the Eastern Cape statistics show that is has the 6th lowest rating of policing on the roads. We set off to investigate what solutions the government is implementing and what impact these roads have on people that use them like farmers and paramedics

On the Move – the horrors of hitch-hiking

Production by Charmian Africa, Sungeni Chithambo & Enathi Mqokeli

This investigative story explores the tragic murder of Lelona Fufu, a Rhodes graduate who was killed in Port Elizabeth when hiking to her graduation ceremony in Grahamstown. The piece thus looks into the culture of hitch-hiking and the different issues involving it in the Eastern Cape. The story comprises of four components, the Fufu hike gone wrong, public opinion about hitch-hiking, a case study about a grade 8 pupil who hitch-hikes home after school and experts also give more insight into the issue.

Beneath the Surface

By Thomas Mills, Gabi Zietsman and Christopher Tucker.
Investigative documentary 10min

Commercial shark fishing is one of the least publicized industries in South Africa. Experts, restaurant owners and retailers say that shark meat is a viable food source but regulations and policy is in disarray;. This documentary shows that this industry exists and has to be regulated to be susatainable. We travel along the Eastern Cape coastline to a St Francis Bay factory that processes shark and sells it. We meet shark conservationists to hear what the industry could do for tourism and environmental impact and a restaurant owner who serves shark on his menu.
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Periphery

by Candice Ford, Tarryn Ross, Rosanna Scott.
10min investigative documentary

This 10 minute investigative piece explores a big issue of a marginalised minority in South Africa – the tertiary education of intellectually challenged people. A variety of case studies highlight the experiences of different families with government grants and the inefficiencies with obtaining them. Where can families send their child to be looked after or continue education once they turn eighteen? What is government’s role?

Rhodes res serenades

Produced by Aimee Caulfield and Julie Campbell,

The Rhodes University tradition of serenades is under threat. An anonymous letter addressed to Dean of Students, Dr Vivian de Klerk, complaining about serenades has got the university up in arms and the tradition is under review.

Umthati organic gardens

Produced by: Charmian Africa and Rosanna Scott,

The Umthathi Training Project in Grahamstown teaches the importance of organic produce and helps communities to grow their own. The Seventh Day Adventist School in Joza takes up the challenge and manages their own vegetable garden in a small space with minimal resources. Koleka Ralo explains the benefits of their techniques. These techniques have been adopted by Seventh Day Adventist School in Joza.

Kariega rhino poaching 2012

Production by Justin Archer and Thomas Mills, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University.

Thandi and Themba are two rhinos that survived the Kariega game reserve poaching incident on the 3rd of March 2012. This video looks at how they are both coping a week after the attack when they both received extensive treatment to aid their survival.
South Africa is in the middle of a rhino poaching crisis. The Kariega game reserve in the Eastern Cape had three rhinos attacked with two left in critical condition. We look at their condition a week from their attack with veterinarian, Dr. William Fowlds.

Thanks to Dr. William Fowlds and Alan Weyer
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Fire at PJ Olivier


A veld fire became threatening when it reached the borders of PJ Olivier High School, Grahamstown a new wing of the school caught fire. The damage to a biology lab, computer centres and classroom will set the school back at least one million rand.

Gabi Zietsman and Rosanna Scott report.
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Rhodes Green Fun Run 2012 – Worm Farm

Production by Kelley Wake, Sungeni Chithambo and Candyce Bruce.

The Green Fund Run is an annual race to fund sustainable projects in Grahamstown. The event supported the Rhodes University Worm Farm Project started by a student at Rhodes. This sustainable project uses biodegradable waste to produce fertilizer which can then be sold.

Elisha Mudly – Now it’s cold

Production by Christopher Tucker, Kelley Wake and Enathi Mqokeli.

Elisha Mudly allows you into her mind to look back at memories of fighting with her lover. She suggests you cherish your loved one or before you know it they will be gone leaving memories of hard times that could have been avoided.
Elisha Mudly with Michael von Bardeleben