Kol Haolam Kaper

Laura Wener – 5min

‘All the world is a village’ looks at being Jewish in the small town – ‘village’ -of Grahamstown. We hear from Sian Cohen, a Jewish student living out her Judaism despite difficulties and challenges. We take a journey back in time with former Jewish community leader and mayor of Grahamstown, Leon Reich who shares his stories of what Jewish life once was in Grahamstown.
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All Men are Equal

Sibongile Mafu – 5min

Black rugby in this country is struggling with transformation. Young, black players with promising futures have their careers cut short due to a lack of opportunity. This documentary looks at rugby through the eyes of an ex rugby player and rugby lover who has many things to say about the game in South Africa.
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My Borrowed Son

Kyla Herrmannsen – 5min

In life bad situations can be salvaged by good people. My Borrowed Son follows a day in the life of Margaret and her foster son, Kwekwe, who was abused by his father as a baby and was taken in by Margaret. We look at their special bond.
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Not Just Skin

Zikhona Tshona – 5min

As people we tend not to appreciate difference but discriminate against people who are not like us. This is a story about albanism and how this has given a local man the strength and courage to face those who belittle him.
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ObSeSsIoN

Phumzile Manana – 5min

A documentary on the anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We explore the frustrations of the disorder through the experience of a young woman.

obsession-lo res | obsession – flash

Phoenix

Tamzyn Degoumois – 5min

Phoenix follows ex-crack cocaine addict Gavin Pearson through his emotional and psychological journey at a rehabilitation centre. Through this process Gavin is trying to pull himself back from the brink, take what he can from his mistakes and move on to strive to live better.
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Propolis – healing from the hive

Anesu Chingono – 5min

Propolis is a resin that is collected by bees from the saps of plants and trees to protect their hives against any unwanted bacteria. Propolis is now being extracted by humans for medicinal uses. Research has shown that Propolis, labeled by some as a “natural anti-biotic”, heals a variety of sicknesses from HIV eczema, gout, arthritis, peptic ulcers, to colds and flu’s. Is this the new wonder drug that will finally replace anti-biotics?
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uMemulo: A gift from my mother

Nontobeko Sibisi

In Zulu tradition, when a woman turns 21 and has not disappointed her family or brought their name into disrepute she receives uMemulo from her mother in recognition of her successful passage to maturity. We follow Nomzamo through her coming of age ceremony.
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An Education Imagined

Investigative documentary – 10min
Produced by Paul Harris, Kyla Herrmannsen, Nontobeko Sibisi & Laura Wener
The South African education system is in trouble. Falling pass rates, teacher shortages and a desperate lack of educational resources are common. Learners are failing to cope with school.
‘An Education Imagined’ looks at the Quintile System designed to right the wrongs of Apartheid education. Many feel it has made inequalities worse. Complex processes and government incompetency makes education outcomes unrealistic.
Through investigative journalism we examine the system in schools in Grahamstown and expose several flaws. While government officials sit in their offices and pass on the blame to others it is the learners who continue to suffer.
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Ravaged Retribution

Investigartive documentary – 10min
Produced by Camalita Naicker, Gregory Aldridge, Katherine V Robinson & Zikhona Tshona

Ravaged Retribution examines the consequences of the lack of conviction of rape in South Africa. We look at cases in which angry communities take the law into their own hands and resort to mob justice in reaction to a flawed justice system. This induces a woeful and vicious cycle of revenge and retribution. We see how communities in Grahamstown and East London have used mob violence in order to seek justice in cases of rape
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Versaak (Forsaken)

Investigative documentary – 10min
Produced by Phumzile Manana, Robyn McCormick, Tamzyn Degoumois

In Versaak (Forsaken) we expose the human suffering caused by neglect and incompetence of those who have power but no will to serve their people. We examine the community of Rosedale in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape established as a coloured township during the Apartheid regime and little has change since.. While much of South Africa is reaping the rewards of democracy Rosedale has been forsaken by the government and left to deteriorate.
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Trust gunned down

Investigative documentary – 10min
Produced by Anesu Chingono, Jess Levy. Richard Moor, Sibongile Mafu
We investigate cases of misconduct and crime by members of the Grahamstown Police. It looks at why the police- the very people we put our faith in to protect us are in fact hurting us. The documentary unravels the story of two young men who were at the wrong end of police violence. It portrays a young man’s struggle for justice and another family’s quest for answers as to why the police violently murdered one of their family members.
trust gunned – flash | trust gunned – wmv

Walking for Hope

Paul Harris, Kyla Herrmannsen, Nontobeko Sibisi & Laura Wener

Jenny du Plessis is a 40 year old, unemployed mother who lives in Grahamstown. She faces many struggles in her daily life; she is HIV positive and diagnosed with cervical cancer. These illnesses make her too sick to work and as a result she struggles to support her 6 year old daughter, Hope.

Despite her situation and her multiple attempts to get a disability grant, Jenny is still without one and relies solely on the child grant she receives of R240 a month. We explore this violation of her rights from her perspective and what this means in her day to day living. Hope is the centre of her universe and provides Jenny with a reason to live and fight her ailments. We follow her daily struggle to support Hope.

Cracking a Smile

Gregory Aldridge, Camalita Naicker, Katherine Robinson & Zikhona Tshona

Linda Anthony, whose human rights were violated by six men who beat her up until she was unconscious, tells how she is using her experience to make others smile.
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Rights to Dignity

Tamzyn Degoumois, Phumzile Manana & Robyn McCormick Human Rights Documentary

Thirteen years ago, Colley Mpako lost the use of his legs after being stabbed multiple times in a mugging. He has undergone intensive treatment and therapy in Cape Town and is in a wheelchair. He is an outspoken activist for the rights of people with physical impairments.
We spent a day seeing how Colley lives his life to the full despite being in a wheelchair. Colley talks to us about the lack of accessibility to buildings, pavements and transport in Grahamstown and how this affects his ability to get around, as well as the way he is treated by physically able people. His experiences bring insight to the struggles that physically impaired people face in finding employment and equal treatment because of “the blind eye” that is turned on them by those who have the power to improve the situation.