Schlagwort-Archive: cinema

Oscar-Nominierung für südafrikanischen Kurzfilm

In der Kategorie „Bester Kurzfilm“ ist die Westkap-Produktion „ASAD“ nominiert worden

(2010sdafrika-Redaktion)

Genau 17 Minuten und 20 Sekunden lang thematisiert der Kurzfilm „ASAD“ die Geschehnisse des verarmten und vom Bürgerkrieg gebeutelten Somalia. Im Mittelpunkt des Films steht ein somalischer Junge, der vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung steht: Entweder Fischer oder Pirat werden. Nun  hat die Oscar-Jury sich dafür entschieden, diesen in der Kategorie „Bester Kurzfilm“ zu nominieren.

© Der südafrikanische Kurzfilm "ASAD", der am Westkap gedreht wurde, ist für den Oscar 2013 in der Kategorie "Bester Kurzfilm" nominiert worden. Im Mittelpunkt des Films steht ein somalischer Junge, der vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung steht: Entweder Fischer oder Pirat werden. (Quelle: flickr/ naeemcallaway)

© Der südafrikanische Kurzfilm „ASAD“, der am Westkap gedreht wurde, ist für den Oscar 2013 in der Kategorie „Bester Kurzfilm“ nominiert worden. Im Mittelpunkt des Films steht ein somalischer Junge, der vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung steht: Entweder Fischer oder Pirat werden. (Quelle: flickr/ naeemcallaway)

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Berlinale 2012

Südafrika-Filme auf dem 62. Filmfestival unterrepräsentiert

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

© Berlinale 2012 - Ein Zuschauermagnet für Filmfreunde. In diesem Jahr ist Südafrika in Berlin mit dem Spielfilm "Man on Ground" des Regisseurs Akin Omotoso vertreten.

Und wieder ist in Berlin der rote Teppich für die Stars der  Filmbranche ausgerollt worden. Die 62. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin begannen letzte Woche und enden am 19. Februar 2012. Erneut stehen, traditionsgetreu den konzeptionellen Grundideen der Berlinale, sozialkritische Filme im Fokus dieses Events.

Sind auf der 61. Berlinale 2011 mehrere Filme aus bzw. zu Südafrika der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt worden, erweist sich das diesjährige Südafrika-Angebot als äußerst übersichtlich. Doch manchmal übertrifft die Qualität jeden Grad an Quantität. Mit „Man on Ground“ unter der Regie des nigerianischen Filmregisseurs Akin Omotoso und der südafrikanischen Produktionsfirma T.O.M. Pictures wird ein interessanter Spielfilm des Genres Drama präsentiert.

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„Man on Ground“ handelt von Ade, einem in London lebenden Banker und seinem Halbbruder Femi. Letzterer verließ seine Heimat Nigeria aus politischen Gründen in Richtung Johannesburg. Beide pflegten zueinander kein besonders gutes Verhältnis, bis Ade nach Südafrika reiste, um sich auf die Suche nach Femi zu begeben. Denn auf den Straßen der Townships bricht die brutale Gewalt gegen Flüchtlinge aus den afrikanischen Staaten aus. Beide Brüder kämpfen um ihr Überleben und entdecken, dass sie mehr Gemeinsamkeiten als Unterschiede haben.

Trailer zu „Man on Ground“

Die musikalisch-afrikanische Begleitung des Films, die emotional-spannende Story und fesselnde Bilder machen neugierig auf einen Kinobesuch.  „Man on Ground“ thematisiert die prekäre Situation von Flüchtlingen in Südafrika  und verdeutlicht, dass sich die südafrikanische Nation mit der Xenophobie stärker als bisher auseinandersetzen muss. Allerdings sind nach Angaben der Berlinale sämtliche Tickets zum Film bereits ausverkauft. Demnach dauert es ein wenig, bis dieser im normalen Kinogeschäft zu sehen bzw. im Handel zu erwerben ist.

2010sdafrika-Artikel zum Südafrika-Filmfestival in Potsdam

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/filmfestival-in-potsdam/

2010sdafrika-Interview mit dem deutsch-südafrikanischen Regisseur Teboho Edkins:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/filmregisseur-teboho-edkins-im-interview/


Review of „Gangster Project“

Pure violence as basis of interaction between people in Bonteheuwel

(Editor: Ghassan Abid, Translator German-English: Serge Aka)

Violence, drugs, unemployment, jail and shot holes in walls, such is how one imagines the daily life of a community dominated by gangsters. With the documentation „Gangster Project“, the director Teboho Edkins introduces the audience to Bonteheuwel, one of the poorest and most criminal suburbs of Cape Town.

© Outtake from documentary „Gangster Project“

In January 2010, Edkins went with a cameraman to a world, where life in prison seemed nicer than that in this dreary place. Bonteheuwel, like many places in South Africa is in the hands of several gangs. Entire streets are under the control of a certain gang. In Bonteheuwel, gangs like Wonder Kids, Stupaboys, youngsters or Junior Night Pigs reign over the territories and their residents. From childhood, the inhabitants of these suburbs realized that pure violence is the only remaining option for them to survive. With bestial film sequences, like the fight of dogs, Edkins brings the viewers in an atmosphere of another South Africa beyond TV glamor.

The production was not without risk, and despite the skepticism of his own parents, the director went forward with the film production. Edkins succeeded immensely into this underworld by means of an insider, called Thurston, who made the contacts to the different collectives of the criminal milieu possible. With Macho behaviors and verbal claims to power like “We have to fight ” (to German: Wir müssen kämpfen) or “We try to protect the area” (Wir versuchen das Gebiet zu schützen), it is clear to the outsider that the social situation in Bonteheuwel can completely overturn any time and especially unexpected.

Edkins deliberately confronts the gangster with gangster-stereotypical perceptions of western life culture, according to which a gangster is for example, someone who comes with a lot of charisma in appearance. “Gangster Project” brings the audience within these 55 minutes to a total realization, that death is omnipresent.

Edkins makes clear with its documentation that the gangster existence is connected primarily with the lack of perspectives of young people, who basically have nothing to lose. The gangsters do not look – like us – in the future, but only in the present. No one wants to be a gangster, if not has to, in order to finally survive. With drug consumption such as TIK these young people try to escape their hopeless reality – even if it’s only for few hours.

Each of these protagonists ultimately illustrates the failure of the South African government, to have this problem under control. The effects of gangs remain open of course on the role of the women, who are after reports of several NGOs in many cases victims of sexual assaults by gangs. It also remains uncertain how the relationship of the gangsters to their own relatives is; and what the parents think of the criminal careers of their offspring.

„SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ recommends “Gangster Project” as impressing, thoughtfully making and frightening film about the true life of millions of South Africans, who know nothing else other than blood, violence and the fear of death.

Absolutely worth seeing!

The German review to „Gangster Project:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/bonteheuwel-toten-oder-getotet-werden/

Bonteheuwel – Töten oder getötet werden!

Rezension von „Gangster Project“, ein Dokumentarfilm von Teboho Edkins

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

Gewalt, Drogen, Arbeitslosigkeit, Knast und Schusslöscher in sämtlichen Wänden. So stellt man sich das Alltagsleben einer Gemeinschaft vor, welche durch Gangster dominiert wird. Mit der Dokumentation „Gangster Project“ entführt der Regisseur Teboho Edkins den Zuschauer nach Bonteheuwel, einer der ärmlichsten und kriminellsten Vororten Kapstadts.

Im Januar 2010 begab sich Edkins mit einem Kameramann in eine Welt, wo das Leben im Knast schöner erscheint, als jenes an diesem tristen Ort. Bonteheuwel ist wie viele Orte in Südafrika in der Hand mehrerer Gangs. Ganze Straßenzüge stehen unter der Kontrolle einer bestimmten Gang – in Bonteheuwel herrschen Gangs wie Wonder Kids, Stupaboys, youngsters oder Junior Night Pigs über die Territorien und deren Anwohner. Im Kindesalter wird den Bewohnern dieses Suburbs bereits klar, dass die pure Gewalt für das eigene Überleben als scheinbar einzige Option übrig bleibt. Mit bestialischen Filmsequenzen, etwa dem Kampf von Hunden, schafft es Edkins den Zuschauer in eine Atmosphäre des anderen Südafrikas jenseits von TV-Glamour zu entführen.

© Gangster Project – Filmsequenzen (oberstes Foto: Hunde im Kampf, mittleres Foto: Gangster als Familienvater, unteres Foto: Jugendliche mit Schusswaffen)

Die Produktion verlief nicht ohne Risiko und wurde trotz der Skepsis der eigenen Eltern vom Regisseur durchgezogen. Edkins gelang das Eintauchen in diese Unterwelt mittels eines Insiders, welcher den Namen Thurston trägt. Denn war es dieser, der die Kontakte zu den verschiedenen Kollektiven des kriminellen Milieus ermöglichte. Mit Macho-Verhaltensweisen und verbalen Machtansprüchen wie „We have to fight“ (zu Deutsch: We müssen kämpfen) oder „We try to protect the area“ (Wir versuchen das Gebiet zu schützen) wird dem Außenstehenden klar, dass die soziale Situation in Bonteheuwel jederzeit und vor allem völlig unerwartet kippen kann. Edkins konfrontiert die Gangster ganz bewusst mit stereotypischen Gangster-Perzeptionen westlicher Lebenskultur, wonach ein Gangster beispielsweise jemand ist, der mit viel Charisma in Erscheinung tritt.

Gangster Project bringt den Zuschauer 55 minutenlang in eine völlig neue Dimension der Erkenntnis, in welcher der Tod allgegenwärtig ist. Edkins macht mit seiner Dokumentation klar, dass das Gangster-Dasein in erster Linie mit der Perspektivlosigkeit von jungen Menschen verbunden ist, die im Grunde genommen nach nichts zu verlieren haben. Die Gangster schauen nicht – wie unser eins – in die Zukunft, sondern lediglich in die Gegenwart.Ein Gangster will man nicht werden, sondern man muss es werden, um letztendlich überleben zu können. Mit dem Drogenkonsum wie TIK versuchen diese junge Menschen ihrer trostlosen Wirklichkeit zu entfliehen – wenn auch nur für wenige Stunden.

Teaser zur Dokumentation „Gangster Project“

Jeder einzelne dieser Protagonisten verdeutlicht letztendlich das Scheitern der südafrikanischen Regierung, diesem Problem Herr zu werden. Offen bleibt der Einfluss von Gangs auf die Rolle der Frauen, welche nach Berichten mehrerer NGOs in vielen Fällen Opfer von sexuellen Übergriffen durch Banden sind. Auch bleibt unklar, wie das Verhältnis der Gangster zu den eigenen Familienangehörigen ausgestaltet ist; was die Eltern von der kriminellen Karriere ihrer Sprösslinge halten.

„SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ empfiehlt Gangster Project als einen beeindruckenden, nachdenklich machenden und erschreckenden Film über den wahren Alltag von Millionen Südafrikanern, die nichts anderes kennen als Blut, Gewalt und die Furcht vor dem Tod. Absolut sehenswert!

History Documentary from South Africa

The real face of Apartheid

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

The largest film festival in Germany, the „Berlinale„, has been attended by „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German Gateway to South Africa. With thanks to the Berlinale section Generation, we have observed selected events and made a report. „History Uncut: Manenberg“ and „History Uncut: Crossroads“ – a documentary collection –  are focussing on South Africa during the apartheid.

Afravision (Brian Tilley, Laurence Dworkin): History Uncut

Co-curated by Darryl Els and Claus Löser

Sunday, 2/13/2010, Cinema Arsenal at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

Episode 1: Crossroads

Switch off the lights, the movie starts, open your eyes: as if I had used a time-machine for a journey back into the past ,out of a sudden I find myself in May/June 1986 of the former Apartheid-State of South Africa. Place of the setting: „Crossroads„, an informal settlement for „ black„ South Africans ,important centre for movements of resistance; actually it was given the status of an „emergency camp„ and therefore being immune to the mass clearance of townships by the state. Of course the government was not pleased about this immunity…..So here I am….in the middle of a brutal battle between-well, one does not even know who belongs to which group, it is a chaos…People ,especially boys who are only teenagers are running from one site to the other…they are chasing each other….shooting….screams…wherever I look I see destroyed and burning houses of corrugated iron sheet…It is this group with the strips of white cloth, they are attacking us…it is the „Witdoeks„, our vigilance committee. Why are they doing that? It`s our own people! Where did they get the weapons from? We have to fight back…self-made arms out of wood, stones, gunpowder in plastic bottles, which are being thrown…on the street: two men on the floor…covered by blood all over… they are dead…. I see women sitting on the street corner with their babies and the things which they still managed to rescue from their homes…they are waiting for help….

© Scene from „Histroy Uncut: Manenberg“ (Source: Berlinale)

© Logo of film festival „Berlinale“ (Source: Wikimedia)

Cut- change of scene

Women standing with their babies at the entrance of the parliament of Cape Town. They are hopeless and are looking for help. „ We don`t know what you are talking about, we cannot do anything for you„, they get told in Afrikaans by a politician. As a symbol of protest the women start to feign crying and lay down their crying babies in front of the parliament.

According to the TRC, the Truth Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, South African police contributed weapons to and supported groups of „black„ South Africans like the ,,Witdoeks„, a vigilance committee in Crossroads, and thereby „used „ them in order to suppress movements of resistance during the time of Apartheid. Thus the government seeked their aim without being blamed for anything. In total 60.000 people became homeless and 60 people died.

Episode 2: Manenberg

It is September 1989, the election day of the tricameral parliament of South Africa. „white„ and limitedly „coloured„ and „indian´` South Africans are allowed to vote.

The „black„ population is excluded from the right to vote. In „Manenberg„ , a township for „coloured„ South Africans there are protests taking place. And me- I see, no, I experience closely what happens on that day in the streets of Manenberg: I am in a house and I am looking out of a window. The police pitches up out of nowhere and starts shooting randomly with rubber munition at the residents of the place. Yes, it even seems like they do so because they enjoy seeing other people suffering. The police men throw stones at the people, use tear gas and chase them into their houses with whips. The inhabitants ,especially young people, react by throwing stones as well and by building street barriers out of car wheels, litter, pieces of furniture and stones to which they set fire. It is a seesaw. The police arrives frequently and it results in a conflict: Shooting, screams….I`m afraid that they will discover me, but I`m lucky-they don`t.

Cut- Change of scene:

A boy is lieing half covered in a bed, his entire body is full bullet wounds caused by the rubber munition of the police. Another boy`s head is bandaged up and his nose is covered by plasters…A women expresses a direct appeal to the South African government, she claims a democratic, NON- racial discriminatorial electoral system.

These scenes were never shown on South African television; they are part of the archive`s material of the video collective Afravision, which contains the biggest documentation of video of the history of resistance. Afravision was founded by Brian Tilley, Laurence Dworkin und Mokoenyana Moletse in order to keep records of the numerous battles in South Africa in the 1980s .

An extraordinary and fascinating contribution to the Berlinale of 2010. Uncut and pure- this film shows simply the reality and truth-the tragic reality of the past South Africa. Such a close experience of history; it feels as if having been present at that time. It is unbelievable, because suddenly it is not a „story„ anymore that one happened to read in a „history book„ and that seems unreal and far away from oneself. Out of a sudden it is my own reality too. I`m part of it. After watching the film, I`m only left with one single thought dominating my mind: While I can return into my secure reality of the present Germany, this „ film„ did continue for the people in South Africa at that time. Those people, who I met just now, could not flee in contrary to me who just switches off the movie. For them it was a nightmare and they did not know if it would ever end. This is horrible.

The 2010sdafrika-editorial staff would like to thank to the team of Berlinale section Panorama for supporting our service.

Interview: Film director Teboho Edkins

German-South African film director about his work and Southern Africa

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Teboho Edkins, born in 1980 in the United States of America, grown up in Lesotho, Germany, South Africa as well as France, is film director and following the career of his renowned father Don Edkins, one of the most famous film producers of South Africa.

In Cape Town he studied Arts and he enhanced his course of studies with post graduations in France and Germany.  Teboho Edkins documentaries are characterized by sociolcritical bias, for which he has taken several awards. In addition, he took part  at umpteen film festivals, such as FID Marseille, Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), International Filmfestival Innsbruck, Vision du Reel Nyon, Tampere Short Film Festival or Berlinale.  Teboho Edkins is explaining to our South Africa web portal his job-related visions and documentaries on South Africa.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German gateway to South Africa, the in Berlin living filmmaker Teboho Edkins. You concentrate in your work on documentaries with sociocritical messages on South African issues. In „Ask me I’m positive“, „True Love“, or „Looking Good“ you focused your productions on HIV. What are the reasons to debate this pandemic?

Anwer: The HIV pandemic, especially in Lesotho at the time when I made my first film, Ask me I’m positive, was a monster that could simply not be ignored, it was all prevalent but at the same time invisible –not understood. Just image- Lesotho in 2004 was a county where almost 30% of the population was infected with HIV, but only a handful of people were public about their status and three of these were the protagonists in the film. There was (and still is to an extent is) such confusion and prejudice about the disease that it was the only topic I felt I could make a film about.

What helped make the film possible was that it was part of a really exciting revolutionary series of 35 films titled, STEPS for the future, on HIV by Southern African filmmakers that had been launched in 2000.

In my other film True Love, I don’t really deal with the HIV pandemic as such, but it so happens that the character in Lesotho is HIV, so its not about him being HIV positive but rather about a person that happens to be HIV positive experiencing love and sex. (That he is HIV positive is the status quo, I am trying to show how beyond having the virus one lives a normal life- and I think this is really important to understand especially in the context of Southern Africa where so many people are infected).

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In „Gangster Project 1, you are taking a new topic with regard to crime in South Africa. Are you changing your view on other social challenges?

Answer: Well I am not really a political activist, so I make films on topics that I find relevant and interesting, and that I want to explore filmically. After the HIV films for instance I made Gangster Project 1, a sort of deconstruction of a Gangster Rap video with real gangsters and then I also made Kinshasa 2.0  a short film about democracy and the internet using second life, a virtual world …

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your new movie will be handling with crime in South Africa, too. What’s the exactly title of your newest production, when it will be come out in Germany and what it is about?

Answer: The working title of my latest film is Gangster Project . (its sort of picks up on the idea of Gangster Project 1). Briefly it is a feature length half-fiction half documentary Gangster film shot in Cape Town, South Africa.. The basic story is a young white person wanting to make a perfect gangster film, without really knowing what gangsters are, he meets various gangsters, finally casts what he believes are the perfect gangsters for his film, hangs out with them and pretty soon finds their life uninspiring and boring, the violence they commit petty and dirty so he starts to instigate acts of violence himself (all in the spirit of making his gangster film), and so paradoxically grows closer to them and understands them as people with real fears, too frightened to leave their house…

© Teboho Edkins (third one from left) with actors of his movie "Gangster Project"

We are still in the postproduction phase of this film, so it will only be properly finished, that at is colour graded, mixed etc end of November. We will then initially launch it onto the film festival circuit, including festivals in Germany and then perhaps a television station might buy it or it might show in a small cinema here and there for a short time…. its early days yet.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you would like to describe the current crime situation in South Africa?

Answer: I am not an expert on crime in South Africa but the statistics all say its one of the most violent countries in the world, has one of the highest murder rates, rape rates etc.

I do understands though that the crime is very uneven (South Africa is famous as the land of contrasts no? ) meaning that you are much, much more likely to be killed or raped if you are poor and live in a township, so the crime has to be understood geo politically, within the political apartheid context of South Africa. Which is why in my film the white boy leaves his relatively safe neighbourhood to go where the violence is and is consumed by it…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which experience has you already done with German partners in respect of film distribution. Your documentaries are targeting explicit South African problems, so the question arises if your arts getting a good feedback by German cinemas, broadcastings and spectators?

Answer: That is an interesting question. I studied at a post grad art institution in France and did a post grad film school in Berlin so even if I made films in Southern Africa I often did it through European Institutions and funding and I would like to think that if the film is good as a film, then the location is not as important as the way one goes about making the film and the filmmaking process make it interesting beyond its location.

So in fact my films have had most of their successes and distribution at European films festivals like Oberhausen Short film festival, Visions Du Reel, Leipzig, Berlinale, Marseille etc as well as European television stations like ARTE, YLE, TV2..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Will it be imaginable to produce one day movies from genre entertainment/ science fiction, such as your South African colleague Neill Blomkamp with District 9? These movies are very successful according to turnover, but their are losing in many cases the real message to the public. Do you agree with this opinion?

Answer: Its often true that the larger a budget a film has, the more it is controlled by the producers or the studios and leaves the director less and less control. And I don’t’ think I would ever want to make a film over which I don’t have control, even (or especially) if it’s a Slasher Zombie set in a nature reserve..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which are your next cinematic ideas and will you shoot a film with your father Don Edkins, who is counting to one of the most famous film producers from South Africa?

Answer: In fact I am currently working on my next idea, (which is partly why I am in South Africa as I write this), but would rather keep quite about if for the moment, its still very half baked. And yes working with my father Don Edkins, – he produced my first two documentary films, was really rewarding (even if it made my mother a bit irritated that is all we would talk about, and bring the stress to the dinner table) and I would love to work make more films with him.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Teboho Edkins, thank you very much for your time to this interview!

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This interview has been translated in German. For this one please click on following link:https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/filmregisseur-teboho-edkins-im-interview/

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Teboho Edkins at „Berlinale Talent Campus“:

http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/campus/talent/teboho-edkins/profile

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2010sdafrika-Artikel published on artsouthafrica.com:

http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=203