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03 March 2008

first Wednesday



This Wednesday 5th March the DFA’s Johannesburg branch will hold a documentary screening evening at:
House of Nsako, 101 High Street, Brixton, Johannesburg

The evening is scheduled to kick off at 18h30 for 19h00.

The following films will be screened:

* An 8 minute 45 second promo for David Forbes' documentary ‘THE CRADOCK FOUR’ followed by a Q & A with David of Shadow Films

* KEISKAMMA, A STORY OF LOVE: a 90 minute documentary by Miki Redelinghuys and Plexus FIlms


David Forbes interviewing Alex Goniwe

David’s 8 minute 45 seconds clip is an extract from his feature length documentary work in progress that tells the chilling life story of four young idealists who challenged the powerful Apartheid state in the early 1980s. As the Eastern Cape region of South Africa 'went up in flames', Matthew Goniwe and his colleagues were blamed, and the general’s secretly ordered their 'permanent removal from society'. It became one of the most notorious incidents of the regime – and an unsolved mystery. The film focuses on who these four young men were, what they represented, and why they died. It is a universal tale of a hero whose virtuous ideals were not tempered by realism – a fatal error.

Status of the film: In Production. NFVF involved with funding. Seeking further funds and international sales.


The 90-minute documentary KEISKAMMA: A STORY OF LOVE, directed by Miki Redelinghuys, was screened at RIDM RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALE DOCUMENTAIRE DU MONTREAL in November 2007.


KEISKAMMA - A STORY OF LOVE: In the tiny Eastern Cape hamlet of Hamburg a fully-fledged war is being fought. Grandmothers, the hospice and the good doctor Carol are fighting for hope, human dignity and the will to live. The women’s faithful fight to give to keep their community fit and on ARVs has been manifest in an incredible altarpiece, painstakingly sewn by 130 members.

This sensitive and studied portrait relays the strength, passion, tears and laughter of the wonderful characters in the altarpiece: the gogo Eunice who is such an essential figure in the hospice that she forgets to look after herself, the musician/prophet that runs designs into the sand, the doctor constantly checking that her patients have taken their medicine, and the lost boy searching to find his place in the world.


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