This year, the S.A Eco Film Festival introduced the S.A Directors Showcase, which provides local filmmakers with a platform for an audience, contacts, and the possibility for potential project supporters. Although the general theme for the festival focuses on topics branching from environmental issues, the S.A Directors Showcase screened documentaries which touched on issues regarding social justice such as spatial violence, gentrification and gangsterism.
Literally translated as ‘my nakedness’, Ubuze Bam is a theatrical interpretation of the life events of four ex-inmates, all of whom have spent 10 years or more behind bars. Theatre Arts Admin Collective has joined arms with the programme Young in Prison to create this searingly honest piece in which the performers have spent just over a month rehearsing under the direction of Thando Doni. Prior to this performance, the young men had never acted, let alone witnessed a theatre production.
Walking into this little lunchroom, the atmosphere is cheerful and welcoming. I was greeted at the door and offered a table, a standard at any restaurant. But what makes this spot so unique are not the blue-painted walls or the quaint, minimalist décor. Rather, it’s the staff – 25 young adults –who either have Down syndrome, Autism, or an intellectual disability.