Film

People have always relied on artists, musicians, storytellers, mythologies, oral traditions, poets and playwrights to give deeper meaning to the human experience. The power that film has to reach individuals and inform their identity is unprecedented in the history of storytelling.

African Mayoral Leadership Initiative

An inspirational film for AMALI (African Mayoral Leadership Initiative), which is a ground-breaking programme that supports African Mayors to transform their cities.

PAMOJA

Pamoja aims to inspire conversations about why solidarity is still necessary, what motivates people to show solidarity, and what forms of solidarity and engagement are most effective in the world today. 

Oliver Tambo

PAMOJA

Lindiwe Mabuza, the former ANC representative to Sweden between 1979 and 1986, describes Oliver Tambo.

PAMOJA

Mohammed ‘Mo’ Tikly, the former director of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Mazimbu, Tanzania, describes the school.

PAMOJA

Ben Amathila describes his motivation behind becoming  Namibia’s representative to Sweden in the 1970s. 

Swedish Civil Society

PAMOJA

Magnus Walan describes the Africa Groups organisation, which was actively working towards ending colonialism in Africa. 

PAMOJA

Part of Sweden’s international solidarity campaign included Swedish choirs learning and performing South African freedom songs. 

My Constitution

Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Constitution of South Africa is widely regarded as the most progressive constitution in the world, with a Bill of Rights that other countries now look to for guidance.

Black Friday

EU Solidarity

The distinction between whether projects were developmental or political brought matters between the European Union and their South African partners to a head. 

EU Solidarity

A funding initiative by the European Union to lessen the effects of sanctions on the oppressed and vulnerable in apartheid South Africa. 

Strange Diplomacy

Norway in the Liberation Struggle

The Norwegian Consulate in Cape Town played an important and unconventional role in funding  anti-apartheid activities in South Africa. 

Norway/ Southern African Solidarity

African Independence- Norwegian Solidarity

A short film recounting Norway’s history of unwavering support towards various Southern African liberation struggles in the late 20th Century. 

Political Bullets

German Democratic Republic

Ronnie Kasrils, former uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Commander visits the secret military base at Teterow in the German Democratic Republic, where ANC cadres received training. 

Fighting Fear

German Democratic Republic

Mathews Phosa and Jean de la Harpe, two former ANC agents describe their intelligence training in the German Democratic Republic. 

SOMAFCO- The Calling

German Democratic Republic

As part of the German Democratic Republic’s solidarity to the ANC, Karin and Manfred Geserick volunteered to teach maths at the ANC-run Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Mazimbu, Tanzania. 

The Berlin Wall

German Democratic Republic

Jan Leidecker, the former director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in South Africa, discusses the importance of the post-World War II division of Germany and the importance of the German Democratic Republic’s solidarity with the anti-apartheid struggle. 

Isikhumbuzo- War and Peace

Mpumalanga Memory Centre

Bitter violence between the UDF/ AZAPO and the IFP during the mid 1980s in KwaZulu-Natal was particularly fierce in Mpumalanga township. However, local people have forged a lasting peace. 

How Beer Saved the World

South African Breweries

An animation made for South African Breweries, about how in Ancient Egypt beer was used to save the world. 

What Makes Me a Mokgatla?

Moruleng Cultural Precinct

A seven screen video installation, about some elements that make up Mokgatla peoples’ identity

Dutch Reformed Church

Moruleng Cultural Precinct

The intersection of tradition and religion, with respect to healing and marriage, has been explored in Moruleng since the arrival of Dutch Reformed Church missionaries in the area. 

Traditional Healing

Moruleng Cultural Precinct

Sonodaniel Molefe, a traditional Bakgatla healer, consults with a patient. 

Satyagraha

Woza eNanda

Peaceful protests around the world are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of Satyagraha or “holding firmly to truth”.

Reuben Caluza

Woza eNanda

Reuben Caluza, a musical prodigy, wrote and performed some of the first non-traditional, secular Zulu songs. The township of Caluza in Pietermaritzburg was named in his honour. 

Nhlangakazi 2001

Woza eNanda

Shembe Nazarites undertake a five-day pilgrimage to their sacred mountain, Nhlangakazi, every year. 

Trance Dance

Origins Centre Museum

A traditional San trance dance in the Kalahari Desert. As the dancing progresses, we follow a healer as he enters a trance and ascends into the spirit world where he fights off evil threats to his people. The film illustrates the connection between hallucinations in trance and rock art imagery.

Rain

Origins Centre Museum

A short film discussing archaeological attempts to understand more about the legendary San rock paintings found in Southern Africa. 

The Khoe Debate

Origins Centre Museum

A stylised video of the ongoing academic debate around the origins of Southern Africa’s Khoe people. 

Eland Potency

Origins Centre Museum

A short film that illustrates the link between the potency believed to exist in eland antelope and San rock paintings. WARNING- this film shows the hunting of an eland by San Bushmen