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FIVE YEARS ON – SCALABRINI HOSTS “man on ground” SCREENING ON ANNIVErSARY OF 2008 XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
With the “Tell Them We Are From Here Project” the producers of “Man on Ground” are handing over the baton to South African communities by helping them to tell their stories and reflect on their lives and questions concerning identity, belonging and exclusion
The “The Tell Them We Are From Here Project” is an audio-visual initiative targeting youth in under-resourced communities across South Africa. The project is an offshoot from the film “Man On Ground”. Using the medium of film, the project is designed to inspire creativity, encourage youth activism and storytelling through film under the banner “We Are From Here”. ‘Here’ being planet earth”.
Using video cameras, the participating youth will tell their own stories and reflect over who they are, where they are from and how that has shaped them. The filmed five-minutes stories will be part of an exhibition by the name “Tell Them We Are From Here” to be screened and discussed among the participants as well as a wider audience.
The project has a Facebook page and this and the use of other related media, print, television, on-line presence will fuel continual interest in what the project is trying to achieve in the society and will definitely generate interest leading up to the exhibition, not just in this country but beyond our borders.
The Xenophobic attacks of 2008
On the evening of Sunday 11th May 2008, young men in Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township forced their way into a hostel on London Road and initiated a merciless attack on residents they deemed to be ‘foreigners’. From this spark, the murder, rape and looting directed at the bodies and belongings of non-South Africans spread within days from Alexandra to informal settlements in Diepsloot and the East Rand, where a Mozambican man, Ernesto Nhamuavhe, was burned alive while bystanders were laughing. By the time the violence subsided in early June, sixty-two people had died- a third of them South Africans.
The violence led to a state of profound national and continental shock followed by soul searching. The film “Man On Ground” was part of this soul searching and its producers commissioned research into the cause of the violence and its unfolding. One of the displaced children interviewed by the researcher was asked what he would say to his attackers if he met them. He replied; “Tell them we are from here.” – a declaration that perfectly encapsulated the ethos of “Man on Ground” and gave the project its name
The Film “Man on Ground”
Ade and Femi are expatriate Nigerian brothers. Ade is a successful banker in London, while Femi, once a political dissident in his home country has had to escape to South Africa, lives in refugee tenements and work menial jobs. The brothers have not only been physically estranged, their relationship is riddled with unspoken betrayal, guilt and scorn, which they have carried since the early days of their youth. During a short visit to Johannesburg, Ade discovers that his brother has been missing for a week. He sets out to investigate Femi’s mysterious disappearance, reconstructing the pieces of his everyday life and the cruel hardships he endured just to survive. A riot erupts while Ade is visiting Femi’s former boss, Timothi, in Extension 29. Ade is forced to take shelter with the employer. The mounting violence outside seeps into their exchanges and, eventually, prompts an explosion of revelation.
Cast and crew
The film stars Hakeem kae-Kazim (Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End), Fabian Adeoye Lojede (Jacob’s Cross), Fana Mokoena (Hotel Rwanda), Bubu Mazibuko (Catch A Fire), Makhoala Ndebele (Hijack stories), Mandisa Bardill (Nomzamo) and Thishiwe Ziqubu in her first role.
“Man On Ground” was produced by Rosie Motene, A.K Tshabalala, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Hakeem kae-Kazim and Akin Omotoso.
To fund the film, the team opted for crowd funding, a method that reflects the ethos of the film and the “Tell Them We Are From Here-Project”
Crowd Funding describes the action of mobilizing the support of people who network and pool their money and other resources together to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Letters were sent to family and friends and friends of friends asking them donations beginning at R1000 in return for an Associate Producer credit. Donations came from around the world, mostly from people the team had never met but who believed in the producers’ vision and shared the ideals of the film.
“Man On Ground” premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011. It was the only South African film selected to screen at the 2012 edition of The Berlin International Film Festival and it won two awards at the African Movie Academy Awards in April 2012.
“A cross hybridization of BBC police thriller and Bergmanesque meditation on intra-African immigration, “Man On Ground” boasts some literally fantastic flourishes. Helmer Akin Omotoso is a stylist of considerable flair”.
“A skillfully told drama, economical, highly accomplished sense of style, recurring images and symbols foreshadow in unexpected ways. The actors turn in entirely convincing portrayals of these conflicted people without a false note between them”
Art & Culture Mavern
“With “Man On Ground”, director Akin Omotoso exemplifies the kind of filmmaking that makes cinema worthwhile with a film that’s thoughtful, intelligent and heartbreaking. It tackles a notoriously difficult subject with sensitivity, yet unflinching directness (not to mention beautifully crafted cinematography) and still manages to insert moments of gentle humour and unexpected sensuality.
April 22, 2013
read the full list of winners here: http://www.filmcontact.com/africa/nigeria/africa-movie-academy-awards-amaa-winners-2013
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I like very much your question “what effect do I intend to achieve?”
This is a very important question for me to answer and the only truthful answer is “I have no intentions.”
Intentionality is what I try to get away from when I edit.
I am looking at material (visual) and listening to sound with my body open. Trying to act as a receiver and then to re-broadcast, in an edited, synthesised way, what I have received, only the material has become fused through the medium of my body, of my senses, of my given identity, into something new.
In this sense I intend nothing other than to surprise myself. To keep things fresh. Not to repeat myself.
Editing for me has the quality of a magic potion. I drink it in order to stay youthful, to remain excited by the myriad possibilities of life.
I edit to live.
When I edit for a director it is important to remember that the definition of “Editor” means that my free flow of energy is an editor’s flow. Therefore the sacrifice is not of creativity but of the role one is playing. In this sense it is not a sacrifice at all but an extension, a growth. I operate out of myself when I collaborate with another artist or director. In this sense I always see editing as growing rather than limiting, as extending rather than reducing. When I collaborate another human grows into me and I grow into them. This is a huge gift, and the humility one learns and needs to do it successfully is always denied those who never collaborate.
Collaborative art is fully human art, – devoloped and mature humans are always collaborating with each other. Something of the childishness of western art is explained when we see the fetishization of the individual’s perceptions and needs at the expense of the collaborative, group whole.
Filmmaking is philosophizing on the self and its relation to the whole. Ironically it is the editor who is most in touch and in tune with this philosophizing, not the director – who is most revered in the western tradition. Perhaps it is time for a re-thinking, a re-evaluation of the hierarchy of film making. Perhaps it is time to make a case for the editor as auteur.
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this article first published here: http://www.tut.ac.za/News/Pages/Lecturer%E2%80%99s%20film%20sold%20out%20at%20international%20film%20festival.aspx
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