About street talk

“We are currently filming our fourth season of Street Talk and continue to be humbled, inspired and moved by the incredible stories we discover.”

Richard Mills

 

What we do

Since our first show in 2008, we’ve broadcast more than 200 episodes of our popular programme to audiences across South Africa. We reach 4 million people via Cape Town TV (Western Cape) and Bay TV (Eastern Cape)  – both of which are free-to-air channels and are also available on DSTV.

We believe in what we do. Our 15-minute inserts are helping to build a better society by encouraging active citizenship through discussion. From Khayelitsha’s informal settlements to Camps Bay’s mansions, we cross ethnic, religious, political, gender, economic, cultural and other boundaries to report on topical issues affecting ordinary people.

Our approach is simple. We give communities a voice.

Our-aims-and-objectice

Our Aims and Objectives

We promote active citizenship through the medium of film.

Our documentary films:

  • Give ordinary people a voice
  • Reflect the views and experiences of  ordinary people
  • Cross class, cultural, ethnic identity,  social, economic, lifestyle and religious  boundaries
  • Change perceptions, break  communication barriers and promote  tolerance and understanding between  individuals and communities
  • Inspire people to become active citizens
  • Train previously disadvantaged  individuals in film making skills.
Our-episodes

Our Episodes

Street Talk’s cameras go behind closed doors to capture the gritty realism of life in South Africa.

Our researchers live and work in their communities. They tune in to word on the street to identify the issues that matter to people.

In each episode, we join an intimate circle of carefully selected participants who share their views, experiences, challenges, hopes and dreams. We let them talk and record what unfolds.

Our Team

In 2008 documentary makers Jo Menell and Richard Mills founded Street Stories Films as they believe that expression and participation in public processes strengthens democracy.

We make documentaries, including the Street Talk series, in which people talk about their lives and real issues affecting them.

Our small team is big on sharing knowledge and experience.

We have nurtured several previously disadvantaged Capetonians in various aspects of filmmaking. Thembela Dick is a valuable member of our management team, while several former interns currently work in the film industry.

Street Stories Films is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Services and as a Public Benefit Organisation with the South African Revenue Services.

Our Board

A board oversees Street Stories. 
Current board members are:

  • Barbara Masekela
  • Shelley Barry
  • Jo Menell (Director)
  • Richard Mills (Director)

Barbara Masekela

Board Member Anti-apartheid stalwart and sister of legendary musician Hugh, Masekela is a long-servi...

Shelley Barry

Board Member Barry is an award-winning filmmaker, poet and lecturer. After graduating from the unive...

Jo Menell

Director Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in...

Richard Mills

Director Mills is a film editor, producer, director and cameraman. Educated in South Africa, he live...

Other members of our team

Banele Poni

Banele Poni was born 1993 in the Western Cape but his roots are in Gcuwa – a small village in the Eastern Cape. In 2010, while attending Bulumko Secondary in Khayelitsha he became an ‘Equalizer’ – an active member of Equal Education. Equal Education...

Nkosazana Sithole

Office manager Nkosazana she grew up in Stellenbosch. She attended FSA classes in 2009. She went on to study film at CPUT in Cape Town and received a degree in 2014. She was hired as the Film School Africa Kayamandi coordinator in 2015 and served as...

Laura Delbrassinne

Laura is from Belgium. 25 years old. She is a  journalist and also a photographer. She passed her Master Degree’s in Investigative Journalism at the European Institute of Journalism in Paris, France. To discover the world fascinates her. She has been...

Pretty Mcetywa

Pretty is a multi-talented young lady who grew up in Stellenbosch but has lived in locations different due to her Afrikaans schooling. Pretty always felt like a filmmaker at heart and she knew was going to be one someday. She studied film and art at...

Join the conversation

Below each film clip on the website is a Blog where you can share your thoughts and chat with other people.

Take action

Some of the topics that we cover stir up emotions. If you are inspired to act from having seen one of our films, then download our take action manifesto.

If you have an issue/story that you think needs to be told get in touch with us.

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Street Talk TV is run by a non-profit organization (NPO). We survive on funding and donations. If you believe in what we do please consider donating
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About Street talk

Street Talk TV – short documentary films about social issues affecting South Africa. Street Talk is produced by ‘Street Stories Films’ a Non-Profit Organisation Reg No: 072-487 NPO.

021 424 8184
streettalk@mweb.co.za

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