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21 July 2009

"MY TOWN" Award winning Films

The town we come from / live in shapes who we are. We occupy its space, it occupies us. In this short 3 minute documentary competition, filmmakers, aspirant filmmakers, artists and students were invited to make a short 3 minute documentary titled “My Town.”


RUNNER UP


"Le Marché Oriental" by James Webb


The Cape Town Oriental Plaza was an Apartheid-era shopping mall designed to control Indian trade. Artist, James Webb invited Sheikh Mogamat Moerat of District Six’s Zeenatul Islam Majid mosque to sing the Adhan (call to prayer) inside the empty remains of the building a few weeks prior to its demolition in 2008. Le Marché Oriental is a poetic documentation of this experience.


PRIZE

G Tech GDriveQ 500GB Hard Drive, courtesy of SyntechSA and the Visual Impact Group.


DFA MY TOWN WINNER


"ALEX, My Township" by Matome Senyolo


Affectionately known as Gommora or Dark City, Alexandra is known to many for its dilapidation. Despite this, Alex holds special memories for its inhabitants. This poetic narrative film is a love letter to Alex, a letter that bares all and forgives all, sees beauty where others see damnation. A walk down memory lane. An insight into what makes this a township within a township. A true confession from one of its sons.


PRIZE

LaCie Hard Disk Triple Design by Neil Poulton 1Tb, courtesy of DDS and the Visual Impact Group

R20000 Gear sponsorship from Media Film Services

R2500 cash prize from the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association.


JURY SPECIAL MENTION:


"My Town" by Caroline Hillary and Johann Vorster (Mzansi Media)


The filmmakers explore jail as a theme for “My Town”. With the rising crime figures, many young men are making a new home inside the jails, and in turn it is becoming “their town”. Filmed at the Maximum Security Division of the Leeuwkop prison, this film seeks to make a poignant comment on “home” in South African prisons.

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