Isivivana Shorts Programme
World Premiere SA Premiere S/African Shorts
Isiv: Sat 9 June / 3pm
Iphepha (The Newspaper)
This is a behind-the-scenes look at the newsroom of I’solezwe isiXhosa, the first isiXhosa newspaper in South Africa. Director Merrick illuminates the challenges and profound rewards of starting a newspaper, and highlights the critical and often overlooked role that local journalism plays in a community.
Masquerading: To Hell and Back
Sandra Dee and Samantha Fox, two aging and eccentric drag queens in their 50s, are vividly portrayed in this beautifully shot short film. Structured around a letter Sandra Dee is writing to her friend reminiscing over their 30 years of adventures together, the film reveals a friendship that has gone to ‘hell and back’.
Looking for Ned
This moving short documentary is both an informal, cross-sectional portrait of the Ukwanda Puppet and Design Collective, and a tribute to Ncedile Daki, one of their members who was killed in 2017. The large-scale puppets on display – a pantsula dancer, two mourning elephants, and a rhino – are fascinating to watch, while the interviews with the collective are warm-hearted and inspiring.
Red Zone Paramedics
Red Zone Paramedics is a documentary film about an ambulance crew working the night shift on New Years Eve in Mitchells Plain, an area of Cape Town with high levels of gang related violence. Long granular shots winding through darks streets while navigating the visceral complexities of delivering healthcare in a city of complex contradictions – this is a film about the everyday experiences of life on the road.
The Art of Healing
This tenderly directed short film provides a portrait of Mozambican textile artist Lizette Chirrime, who was abused as a child. As part of her healing process, Chirrime started upcycling hessian sacks that are normally used for storing and transporting grain. As she stitched the beautifully decorated formerly discarded sacks, she was also stitching herself together: “I was not only recycling the sack – I was recycling myself”.
Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth
Life as a gay man in Zimbabwe remains one of fear and persecution.
Spots in the Mountain: A Film About The Cape Leopard Trust
It’s increasingly rare to spot a leopard in the Cederberg mountains outside Cape Town, which makes the work the Cape Leopard Trust carries out very important. Their education team work tirelessly to spread awareness and instil in those they teach a similar love for nature and the glorious spotted felines who inhabit it.