Zhalanash – Empty Shore

SA Premiere International Short

Polish Docs 2018 - Special Mention

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Guardian of the Ocean
The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds was born in the backyard of Althea Westphal’s Claremont home where she took in injured penguins after the Esso Essen oil spill in the late 1960s. Today the organisation has grown to include a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who work tirelessly to protect and rehabilitate these heart-warming sea birds.

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Becoming Visible
From acclaimed Durban artist Solomon, this fascinating fusion of documentary and video art tells of the impact on local marine life by seismic exploration off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Projected on three screens simultaneously, the work is made all the more powerful by its idiosyncratic approach to documentary-making.

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The Aral Sea, that borders both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was once one of the four biggest lakes in the world and a favoured destination of Russian holidaymakers that has now all but disappeared. Various cockamamie, badly built harbour projects designed and built by the Russians and ill-considered irrigation schemes literally drained the lake. The beautifully shot Zhalanash provides a portrait of this once flourishing area where fishing boats now rot in the dusty desert and time itself seems to have stopped flowing for those who still live there.

Cape Town
Labia 1
Wed 6 June / 8.30pm
Mon 4 June / 8.45pm
Marcin Sauter
40 minutes