Portrait of Place – Red Café

We visit The Red Café in High Street, Grahamstown \ Mahkanda to feel the atmosphere of this friendly and popular little café. Owner Louis talks about their menu and what makes Red Café one of the most charming establishments in town. The discusses the issues that a small business owner has to go through in order to keep running.

Production by Michael Taylor

Portrait of a place – Thethani Siwa, Tailor

Tethani Siwa is a tailor in Makhanda that caters for different people and different styles. We learn about his business and designs.

Production by Ongezwa Shosha

Portrait of place – Tshisa Nyama in Makhanda

Experience the sounds of Simphiwe Xako’s Tshisa Nyama restaurant in the corner of High and Knight Street in Makhanda

Production by Temba Mkosi

Portrait of place – Ultra Fitness

Bill Jokana is a personal trainer at a gym in Grahamstown. He understands the many reasons people join a gym and encourages people of all ages to look after their bodies, to remain healthy and increase their chances of living longer. Bill shows us a normal day in his world…

Production by Khaka Ngcofe

Portrait of place – Nail salon

Production by Khethiwe Shobede

Portrait of place – Richard Pullen Pottery

Production by Clare O’Reilly

Portrait of place – Fusion Foods

Production by Catherine White

Meet the TV production class – 2019

Students completing the B. Journalism at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University introduce themselves and their vision.


Trailer at iNkciyo
After leaving her Pondoland village 11 years ago, Zimkhita Kweza revisits her past and questions a cultural practice that has shaped her identity. She is now a feminist with new ideologies and questions about the isiXhosa practice of virginity testing. On a journey seeking for answers she meets different people and leaders in the community who face her provocative questions.

Production by Zimkhita Kweza & Nelisa Kom

I am Thandiwe

Trailer at I am Thandiwe
Our roots tell us who we are meant to be, our routes in life show us where we have been and who we are. In this personal self-reflective documentary Thandiwe Wiltshire shares her life with us. Not only as a black child raised by white parents, but as a young woman who makes us introspect on ‘what is Black’, and Blackness in relation to her family dynamics. Adopted at the age of three months, all she has known is the life created for her by the Wiltshire family; but with an identity entirely her own and one which she fought hard to create.
Production by Beugené Green and Yolanda Mdzeke

dear friend

Trailer at dear friend
Writing a letter is a unique kind of intimacy. It takes care, time and thought. ‘dear friend’ is a film that draws from the contemplative patience of letter writing to share the story, of many women, rarely told. The letter greets the viewer with an abrupt and fierce jerk into the memories of the two survivors of intimate partner violence. You are invited into the intimate psychology of two women and into the fragmented, visceral, dark and shadowed reality of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships. It is a glimpse into what the film unravels through light and shadow: the survivor’s journey of denial, acknowledgement and determination to leave. Through their voices we can hear and imagine and also acknowledge, as members of our societies, how we have failed to see that their story is a true one. The film leaves no room for “women cannot be violent”, nor for ignoring the very real truth of the survivors. ‘dear friend’ demands you to admit to yourself all the things you may have chosen to be blind to and to see past the darkness and the shadowed veil of silence shrouding this issue. It casts light and commands: even if you choose not to see, you will hear these stories.

Production by Tumelo Thamaga and Sinalo Thuku

Clone made Cars

Trailer at Clone Made Cars
This is an investigative documentary on the car theft syndicate of both clone and made cars in Johannesburg and globally. We establish how the crime operates and find the role players that work for and against the crime syndicates. The documentary emphases the fact that this car theft crime trend must be exposed and stopped, as it is fuelled by underhand law enforcement officials through corruption.

Production by Samantha Carolus and Lindelwe Ndamase

eCwecweni – Free but not equal

Trailer at eCwecweni
Some children are still more equal than others even after 25 years since the end of apartheid. Over the years the Eastern Cape has seen low numbers of matric passes and question why this happens. As a province with a high level of poverty and underdevelopment it is no surprise that rural schools are affected. This film aims to bring light to the struggles faced by rural schools and the role government should be playing.

Report by Sipho Monakali & Bongeka Gumede

LAND futures – The Summerton Saga

OUR LAND, OUR STORIES OUR FUTURE ‘What would a land reformed Eastern Cape look like?’
Production by Beugene Green and Yolanda Mdzeke

LAND futures – Hope in the valley

OUR LAND, OUR STORIES OUR FUTURE ‘What would a land reformed Eastern Cape look like?’
Production by Zimkhita Kweza and Sipho Monakali

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