Street Talk Film Series

Street Talk TV produces 15 minute documentaries which reflect human experience and feelings on the issues and challenges of our time and society which are broadcast on Community Television and DSTV.

Street Talk is an innovative documentary series that present uninhibited conversation between participants in discussion groups in a spontaneous way so that the viewer apperas to sit in an empty chair in the circle, giving a sense of participation and involvement. Discussions are filmed in informal settings (shebeens, shacks, school classrooms, restaurants) which are both accessible to participants and situate the series in community settings. In 2010, Street Talk presented a new format in which the documentaries featured organisations and individuals who have a positive impact on their communities.

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2016 July

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The LGBTQ Community in South Africa- Season 1, Episode 12, Gay and Proud of It

In approximately 1968, the apartheid regime shifted their focus from persecuting blacks to persecuting members of the LGBTQ community. In all sectors of society, homosexuals faced discrimination, including in the military, where they “were subject to electric shock therapy, imprisonment and public humiliation.” Yet, even though apartheid has officially ended, homosexuals as well as bisexuals are still victimized and shunned by many South Africans. There is an alarmingly high rate of corrective rape in the country, and Triangle, an LGBTQ rights group, “recorded ten rapes per week in the Western Cape.” Corrective rape is a phenomenon in which someone will rape an individual in an attempt to change their sexual preference- in most cases, it as an abhorrent attempt to prove to a homosexual that they are heterosexual. Countless people live in fear of falling victim to this crime, yet South Africa is heralded as one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBTQ rights because the country’s constitution includes a clause that explicitly protects the rights of the LGBTQ community. Under section nine, it states that “the state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.” But in practice, there are many complaints both among and outside of the LGBTQ community about the protection of homosexual, bisexual, and transgender citizens. The Human Rights Watch released a report entitled “We’ll Show You You’re a Woman: Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men,” and reported that “black lesbians and transgender men in South African townships and rural areas face an overwhelming climate of discrimination and violence despite protections promised them in the country’s constitution.” Street Talk TV decided to interview a group of lesbian, bisexual, and questioning women to find out more about the subtle acts of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Many of the people we spoke with had been judged more by their closest family members than by the community at large. A few said that they had struggled to tell their parents about their sexual orientation, for fear of their parents’ reaction. “My mom knows…but she’s kind of ignored it” Tzmane Ngobi told us. Jolie Thomas explained, “my mom is a Born-again Christian…she’s an amazing woman in her own right but this isn’t something she can agree with…and that’s something I’m going to have to live with.” Indeed, the struggles that members of the LGBTQ community face are not always situations of physical violence, but rather, psychological trauma due to their loved ones failure to accept their sexuality. “Like religion evolves…culture should” Ngobi said, hoping that the country would continue to become more accepting. The next decade will be telling- it remains to be seen whether South Africa will follow the example of more accepting cultures, or regress into a mindset of oppression.

-Roz KennyBirch

Sources:
http://www.sahistory.org.za/article/history-lgbt-legislation
The History of LGBT legislation | South African History Online
www.sahistory.org.za
This article was written by Dixson Pushparagavan and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. Introduction

http://www.constitutionalcourt.org.za/text/rights/know/homosexual.html
https://www.hrw.org/news/2011/12/05/south-africa-lgbt-rights-name-only

Further Reading: https://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/just-how-serious-is-south-africa-about-gay-rights

Visual Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_pride_flag_of_South_Africa

Masiphumelele Recap

The silent, rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula engulf the buzzing community of Masiphumelele. Indeed, the landscape provides a contrast between the quiet luxury communities of Capri Village and Sunnydale that perch on its peaks, and the valley that contains the lively streets of Masiphumelele, known to locals simply as “Masi.” The peninsula is home to the poorest members of the Western Cape region, but also to the richest members of the province- but these roles are flipped depending on how one defines “rich” and “poor”. Yes, the stately columns of the mansions that flank the hills are gorgeous- but a sense of ubuntu is lacking on the deserted streets of Capri. Just across the street, people spill out from their homes onto the lanes of Masi, carrying babies on their backs, chatting with shopkeepers, and playing sports. Everyone seems to know each other, and moreover, wants to converse with each other- privacy is not a concept in Masi. While privacy is jealously guarded in many wealthy neighborhoods, these neighborhoods lack the hum of a tiny township in which energy is infectious and makes you want to get up from your TV and just live. This is the beauty of Masi- a town of water and fire.

Street Talk TV has been exploring Masiphumelele, and documenting the unique qualities of the town. We have spoken with members of a rugby program in town, the manager of a local creche, and various residents of the town. Each resident plays a unique and purposeful role in the makeup of the community. They exemplify the “fire”, or spirit, of the community, despite the floods of water that they have endured, both literally and metaphorically. Stay tuned to hear their stories.

-Roz KennyBirch

Masiphumelele Recap

The silent, rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula engulf the buzzing community of Masiphumelele. Indeed, the landscape provides a contrast between the quiet luxury communities of Capri Village and Sunnydale that perch on its peaks, and the valley that contains the lively streets of Masiphumelele, known to locals simply as “Masi.” The peninsula is home to the poorest members of the Western Cape region, but also to the richest members of the province- but these roles are flipped depending on how one defines “rich” and “poor”. Yes, the stately columns of the mansions that flank the hills are gorgeous- but a sense of ubuntu is lacking on the deserted streets of Capri. Just across the street, people spill out from their homes onto the lanes of Masi, carrying babies on their backs, chatting with shopkeepers, and playing sports. Everyone seems to know each other, and moreover, wants to converse with each other- privacy is not a concept in Masi. While privacy is jealously guarded in many wealthy neighborhoods, these neighborhoods lack the hum of a tiny township in which energy is infectious and makes you want to get up from your TV and just live. This is the beauty of Masi- a town of water and fire.

Street Talk TV has been exploring Masiphumelele, and documenting the unique qualities of the town. We have spoken with members of a rugby program in town, the manager of a local creche, and various residents of the town. Each resident plays a unique and purposeful role in the makeup of the community. They exemplify the “fire”, or spirit, of the community, despite the floods of water that they have endured, both literally and metaphorically. Stay tuned to hear their stories.

-Roz KennyBirch

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