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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Children of the street

By Laura Delbrassinne

We meet them every day, but we do not pay special attention. They are for the most part very young, looking a little haggard, the look lost in the void. Often they run after us for a piece or a coca-cola. We think that this is normal, that they are children of the street and so much the worse for that. We hear some people say that “in any case, we can not save the whole earth” and “that it is a very sad situation”.
We do not worry especially for them because they know the street. They know how to get by.
They are mostly between 10 and 15 years old, but some are barely 4 or 5 years old. They have no family, no house, and scarcely enough food. They live alone, sometimes in a band, knowing very well that their father or mother is no longer there to woo them.

Theirs education? They get it themselves, over time, despite the risks. They know that at least the street speaks to them and listens to them. Traumatises, theirs only way out is to trust God. Only God has a lot of work and does not seem to pay much attention to those many children who run the streets in South Africa. The majority of them are orphans because of a devastating disease: AIDS, which today affects more than 30% of the South African national population.
The number of people with this disease is increasing every day and as a result, the number of orphans is also growing. Most of the time, the rest of the family can’t afford to continue to care and protect these children. They find themselves therefore books to themselves, with in their hands a future more than uncertain.
But what we see in their eyes when we meet their gaze is only a small glimpse of the suffering they suffer every day because of this sad reality. These orphans have considerable problems with their situation. The malnutrition they face is causing terrible delays in both physical and psychological growth.
These children suffer terrible trauma because they are often excluded from the community and even from health centers. Sex education in school is so weak that some still think that if only one person is sick of AIDS in a family, then everyone is contaminated. An absurd and totally false idea.

In addition, it is estimated that today, 29% of orphaned children have economic accreditation to survive. In the worst case, some prostitute at just 15 years for less than 7 dollars. These children have unprotected sex about 3 or 4 times a day.

This terrible situation is also a factor in the growth of AIDS in South Africa.

For these orphans, it is often easier to live on the streets rather than having to live in a host family or most of the time they receive neither attention nor affection.

And we know it very well, so that a child grows up and flourishes, he needs all possible love and a daily listening.

These orphans feel discriminated and different from other children because they do not have access to school. This has an enormous impact on their relations with the outside world. Faced with this extremely sensitive and catastrophic situation, these children react in different ways. One can see distress running through their extinct eyes, tired by a life already too difficult for such a young child.

They rarely talk about their situation. Fear, shame, deny … They think they are abnormal because they grow up alone. Some of them fall into alcohol, drugs, depression or aggression.


But if they are afraid to talk about it, it’s up to us to do it. It is up to us to sensitize the whole of South Africa so that in future years, the next generations do not know the same fate. If we talk about it, we will change things. It is still possible to improve the situation of these children. But to do this, we must first believe in it, stand up and fight together so that the street ceases to take charge of these thousands of little ones.

South Africa is growing every day a little more, leaving a whole generation of children in front of the firm doors of a stable and constructive future. It is urgent for the future of the country that things change, that the government should take responsibility for the education and protection of children. Every child who comes into the world must be able to enjoy the same opportunities as others.
It is not normal that thousands of children are running the streets in search of a better future.

To change the situation, immediate support is needed for families and local communities to ensure the health and safety of all these orphans. Provide these children with free basic education, giving them the opportunity to earn a living in a sustainable and safe way. There is a need for sex education in every school so that young people and adults understand the issues and especially the risks and dangers of AIDS. School is terribly important for every child. It should not be seen as a privilege, but as a common right for everyone.

South Africa has a wonderful new generation of children that it has to protect. For a better future, it is urgent that the country listen more attentively to the dreams and desires of each child so that they can in turn take care of their native land.

We tried to make a video report about the terrible situation of the orphan children but unfortunately they denied our request.

Kwanele – broken promises

Season 7 Episode 26

“We marched to the city of Cape Town to submit our grievances to the mayor. We met other government officials and we explained out problems. We were told that the mayor was not available and we could not be answered. We were informed that the mayor was aware of our visit but we never got her. I wonder when we get robbed by government officials what else we can do. We are not just protesting for nothing but to give a voice to our real grievances but they run away. ” “We want them to visit our streets and see that we are human beings like them.”


In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of townships like Langa are faced with detrimental living environments. Faulty electrical wires hang from makeshift homes, neighborhoods share a single toilet while runoff from wetland marshes containing trash and unwanted substances filter through the streets.
This is not a new reality. In fact, such dilapidated and haphazard conditions have plagued Cape Town land since the construction of townships during South Africa’s apartheid adoption in 1948.  Ringing a “white-only” city center, townships were erected skillfully to pen black and colored workers in distinct regions surrounded by highways and railways to dishearten the masses into a submissive chronic poverty.

In this episode, we hear from citizens of Langa as they share the backstory behind their appeal against inadequate housing to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the difficulties facing their daily lives.

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Teenage Reflections

Season 7 Episode 16

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“Some of us think love is just about sex, no. They’re getting the wrong idea from the wrong people”

“Every time they lie…when they want to sleep with you…always saying, “I don’t have a girlfriend without  you, I love you”. And you change your mind, and sleep with him without protection.”

Around the world, the HIV Virus has adversely affected communities. Even as Young as they are, teens from Khayelitsha, are able to talk about the education they receive in school about the disease as well as their own lived experiences in using this education to empower themselves.

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Why Vote?

Season 7 Episode 13

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“There are more negative things we face as young people here in South Africa than the positive”

“I would rather sell my soul to the devil than to vote for ANC”

“I have never voted, I see no reason in voting. For me, voting it’s as if I unconsciously take away my own power and give it to some man or some woman to abuse it.”

Four individuals discuss political division, frustration with government corruption and the importance of finding your voice without casting a vote. They reveal that they feel neither the younger nor the elder generation is reflected in South Africa’s current political landscape. 

Brothers for All

Season 7 Episode 10


Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:30pm

In this episode, ex-offenders discuss their work with the organization “Brothers For All” where they mentor at risk youth to keep them out of prison. They teach high school dropouts, teenage mothers, unemployed youth and ex- offenders how to do computer programming, coding, graphic design, entrepreneurship and digital marketing. We hear about life before, during and after prison and why they are motivated to help others.

Gogo Diaries

Season 7 Episode8

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:30pm

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“The worst children are the girls,if you can see the girls the way they are drinking.I’ve got only girls and they are all drinking”.

“I see a lot of grannies struggling with grandchildren,that is not fair guys because we are human beings too and we are suppose to rest”

It’s often said that society is measured by how best they treat old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them.Are we cheating our old citizen of the love,security and comfort they deserve?.

Dis Ability!

Season 7 Episode 7

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“When I think about my family everyone felt powerless and went into denial. It was very hard for my family to accept that I was disabled, because accepting that I’m disabled, would be accepting all the financial burden.”

“As disabled people, we need to do more, stop waiting for able bodied people in power to give us power. We need to take our power”.

An inspirational conversation by  intellectuals from UCT, tell of the challenges that come with their disability and how they have turned their challenges to Abilities.


In quest for Land

Season 7 Episode 5

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 7:15pm


Women on Abuse

Season 7 Episode 4

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 7:30pm

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“Yes I have lived with domestic violence, a beautiful mother and a beautiful father but a weakness that got expressed via my father in beating my mother”.

“That is not to say I have not  experienced as a young women incredible levels of abuse, which is endemic, in other words it is so much part of our worlds not just here locally on the Cape Flats, but everywhere in the world. It is planetary”.

These women unpack the experiences of  abuse they encountered with; their partners , members of their immediate families and other people in their communities.


Baphumelele Children’s Home

Season 6 Episode 51

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00am


For some having a shelter over their heads is just a luxury and having parents or family is just a norm. That is not the case with many young and fragile lives at Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelistha. Founded by Mama Rosie whose motherly instinct kicked in when she saw young children from her area roaming the streets and no one tending to their needs while their parents were working.

Little did Rosie know that she will be opening her small house to a pool of vulnerable children,swapping her children’s comfortable space and making room for the newly found members who were abandoned either on the cold on her door step.

Espinaca Spinach Bread

Season 6 Episode 44

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am

Young entrepreneur trying to encourage people to eat nutritious food.

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Safe Sex

Season 6 Episode 45

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 7:00pm, Sat, 23 Jul 2016 7:00pm

Teenage girls talk about their sex life and how to prevent Hiv/Aids

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Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am


Season 6 Episode 42

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:00am

Seven participants they are telling us about their first time in menstruation in a group discussion and how was their reaction on that.

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Hands Off Our Grant March

Season 6 Episode 38

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

On the 15 of October hundreds of gogos and young women joined hands in a protest in front of St. George’s Cathedral.

The march was organised by Black Sash and Right To Know.

They were challenging the unlawful,fraudulent and immoral business practices facilitated by the current outsourced SASSA/CPS contract for the payments of social grant.

Saying they refused to remain silent about the hardship and struggles of poor and vulnerable people affected by these unauthorised and often fraudulent deductions. As a result beneficiaries experience food shortages and are unable to take their medicines. Many, particularly in rural communities,struggle to find recourse,spending extra money on transport and airtime, often with little success.

A group of the seven protesters gave vent to their anger and determination to stop this practice in a lively and moving conversation filmed after the demo.

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A Street Stories Film



An intimate portrait of the brilliantly articulate, funny, defiant, complex, courageous, provocative, irrational, flamboyant, HIV positive, young, gay, and mixed race township personality – Shane St Claire. This is a biopic unlike any other; it is David Hockney-esque collage in its make up, where a multitude of clips make up the whole, a mosaic in film, with the viewer discovering the deepest parts of a life lived in extreme circumstances. Complex, intriguing, surprising, hilarious and highly emotive; the film will leave you deeply moved and marvelling at how Shane has managed to overcome enormous obstacles while living life on his own terms.
Shane will premiere on community television station, Cape Town TV, on Thursday, 25 June at 19:30. Cape Town TV is available on DSTV channel 263, or free-to-air channels 32 and 67.



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Soup Kitchen Khayelitsha

Season 6 Episode 26

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00am


“We saw the poverty in Khayelitsha, especially in the informal settlements. We just decided we have to do something about it, even if it’s small…..even if it’s out of our own pockets”

Khayelitsha, which means New Home in isiXhosa, is a township allocated on the Cape Flats, and is a remnant of the atrocious Apartheid system. Not much has changed since, with residents walking up to 200 meters or further just to access water. The Meals on Wheels team based in Khayelitsha could not sit back and watch the tremendous poverty pervading the populace. The team estimate feeding approximately 30 000 people per month, and yet, this is not enough.

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HIV Defaulting Part 2

Season 6 Episode 22

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 8:30pm

‘Reality is, you meet [someone]… get butterflies….everything goes very [fast]….no condoms, no one is thinking about them….you both don’t know your HIV status, and even if you are both HIV negative, there are STIs…its not easy”

“Sometimes, it’s hard to disclose, you don’t know what the person is going to think about you”

In the second installment of HIV Defaulters, the group discusses the social realities of the HIV virus; the tremendous fear of rejection when disclosing to a new love, the stigma from your community, and the consequences of being dishonest in relationships.

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HIV Defaulting Part 1

Season 6 Episode 21

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 8:30pm


Some of us drink…you [go out] till 2 o clock in the morning, you forget to take your pills…sometimes its work, you don’t have time to go to the clinic…[some] places don’t work with someone who is HIV positive”

“I see many people who are defaulting…they get sick, they die”

Defaulting; an alarming development where HIV positive patients default on their ARV treatment, some blame pill fatigue, the demands of a social life, and fear of stigma in the work place. A group consisting of both HIV councillors and HIV positive patients discuss the varying factors.

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Reddam House

Season 6 Episode 20

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00am


“Why are so many black people still living in the slums……when we’ve had the laws to facilitate growth and progression for twenty years…not much has happened in those twenty years”

South Africa is considered to have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and yet the country is wrought with social, political and economic challenges. A sentiment shared by the Matriculants of Reddam House Altantic Seaboard. In this episode they share their views on racism, class structure and poor service delivery in our country.

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To Test or Not to Test

Season 6 Episode 18

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 7:00pm


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Living Positive: HIV Support Group

Season 6 Episode 1

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“Accepting your status isn’t easy”

“….it got me down for a while because I couldn’t understand at that time. I did not know where to go, what to do, but when I realised there is a support group for people like me I joined the support group”

Along with the ill health and the threat of a fast approaching death, the HIV virus also comes with stigma and shame. Six South Africans living with the disease talk about the support, love and upliftment they find in their HIV support group.


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Mechanisms of the Mind: Destigmatizing Mental Illness

Season 5 Episode 51

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“A mental health problem is like any other problem, it can be overcome….with reaching out to others, with growing in self confidence and self-esteem, but generally people are very ignorant”

According to a study conducted by the South African Anxiety and Depression Group, a 1/3 of South Africans suffer from some form of mental disorder. Often ridiculed, largely misunderstood and heavily stigmatized, mental illness is consigned only to those who suffer from it; an invisible disability. With the help of Fountain House, a community based rehabilitation centre, a few fearless individuals spoke to us about living with a mental disorder.

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Albinism in South Africa

Season 5 Episode 48

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00pm

Albinism, a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. But much more than what the physical definition of the condition can relay is the lived experience; characterised by extreme discrimination and alienation. A group of people living with the condition of Albinism talk about how a simple lack of pigment has come to define their position in a racially obsessed society.

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What Doesn’t Kill You…

Season 5 Episode 42

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 7:30pm

“I told my husband that my breasts were going to be cut off and he said that I will no longer be a woman. I told him that my being a woman is not in my breasts…the most important part of being a woman is not in the breasts”

The word cancer immediately brings to mind ideas of a painful death. But what of life? In What Doesn’t Kill You…a few courageous cancer survivors from GAPA – Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, talk candidly about living with the devastating effects of Cancer. Affecting more than just their physical condition, they share stories of broken marriages, fears, self-acceptance and triumph over this deadly disease. Proving that what does not kill you truly does make you stronger.

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Laphumilanga Empilisweni Care Centre

Season 5 Episode 39

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00pm

In Mfuleni, Mama Letitia runs the Laphumlanga Empilisweni Care Centre. Without any government assistance, the centre serves as a crèche, an arts and crafts centre, library, shelter for the disabled, soup kitchen, orphanage and even a vegetable garden. The shelter is home to almost 100 people both young and old, is run by 24 staff members. In this episode, Mama Letitia and her staff share the challenges and triumphs of running this amazing centre.


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Botswana Legabibo Part 1

Season 5 Episode 26

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“In Botswana being gay is not a criminal offense, but the sexual practice, same sex sexual conduct is criminalised….but it’s not gay people who want their lives to be out in the open, it’s the law yanking their lives from the privacy of their home into the public platform because now the personal has become political”

“What does my body have to do with the rest of the country, what I do with my body should not be an issue of national debate “

We teamed up with LEGABIBO, Botswana’s primary LGBT rights organization and filmed an impactful conversation on the current stance of Gay rights in Botswana. They also disclose their own personal experiences of being gay in a society which has not only rejected homosexuality but that has also criminalised it.


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Teenage Pregnancy & Incest Part 2

Season 3 Episode 11


Continued from Episode 10

In a hairdressing salon, after hours, a group of Gugs residents share stories about incest.

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Hermanus Retirees

Season 5 Episode 22

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“Absolutely the best place to be. Although things have changed so much, it’s still the best place to be”

Life at the Fynbos Park Retirement Village in Hermanus could not be sweeter than for these 5 white retirees. They share experiences of the old South Africa and how the country has changed after 20 years of democracy. They reflect on medical and technological advances, emigration due to the lack of opportunity in South Africa and gangsterism and drugs.

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Rape Survivors Part 2

Season 5 Episode 21

Wed, 1 Jun 2016 7:30pm

“I was scared and I started to shake, I wanted to cry, scream out but I could not find my voice…. I could not cry out loud. I was weak and numb, I could not cry when he raped me”

According to alarming statistics, 1 in 3 South African women will be raped in their lifetime. In this 2-part episode, we speak with five brave women who share their experience as survivors of rape.

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Rape Survivors Part 1

Season 5 Episode 20


Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“I was scared and I started to shake, I wanted to cry, scream out but I could not find my voice…. I could not cry out loud. I was weak and numb, I could not cry when he raped me”

According to alarming statistics, 1 in 3 South African women will be raped in their lifetime. In this 2-part episode, we speak with five brave women who share their experience as survivors of rape.



Season 5 Episode 9

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:00pm

To cut or not to cut. Are you less of a man if you don’t go to the bush and get circumcised? And if you are gay are you a real MAN when you get back? A revealing and delicate topic eloquently debated by guys on both sides of the tale…. (no pun intended)

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Season 5 Episode 6

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Brilliant and charismatic Antino is addicted to tik. Just out of jail for shoplifting to get money for drugs he swears he is going straight and will never touch the stuff again. Sofia, his mom, a teacher, loves him to bits and wants to believe him. Tony, his dad, is skeptical.

A tragic portrait of how tik destroys a family.

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Poo Protesters

Season 5 Episode 4

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00pm

What would drive a respectable mother of four to carry a bucket full of shit on her head all the way from her shack in Barcelona to Cape Town International Airport, or the N2 or the House of Parliament and dump its contents in full public view ?  When you listen to this group of Barcelona Shit Protestors you can understand the frustration and anger behind such a radical act : the humiliation of having to poo in front of your kids, the ever present stink, the assault on their dignity…. as one woman puts it ” The only weapon we have to make Helen Zille to give us flush toilets is our shit !”

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Season 5 Episode 3

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Teenagers riff on cheating: ” guys are never satisfied with one girlfriend they always want more, and more. I think it’s to prove what a big man they are ” ” Guys are never in love, just in lust…” ” I don’t want someone to tell me he likes me – I want to hear ” I LOVE you ”  ” Girl, you’re kidding yourself, in our times there is no love…”

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‘My first time’ – Sex Talk

Season 5 Episode 2

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00am

Who doesn’t remember the first time they had sex ? Sweet memories of candle lit dinners and romantic music or the trauma of saying no, but he doesn’t listen ? Black, white, coloured, foreign, young, old, gay and lesbian, over 20 people share their stories, some of which are hilarious others shocking….

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Wine addicts

Season 4 Episode 45

Sat, 8 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Before you order that next double, check out these drunks from Samora Machel. Their stories of humiliation, degradation, despair and dysfunctionality are enough to put anyone on the wagon. Self aware, self pitying and self loathing there is no action too base they wouldn’t take if it’ll get them the next dop.

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Challenging the Patriarchy Part 1

Season 4 Episode 44

Thu, 6 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Three successful professional women discuss the gender issues that bedevil our society. How much equality is there really between the sexes ? ” There is no such thing as the head of a household….. you may be a CEO at the office but just a woman at home….” ” Women are perceived as being the neck, men the head…” these ladies are nobody’s ” necks” and they passionately argue for real equality between the sexes in the workplace, the marketplace and in bed.

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Pearston struggles

Season 4 Episode 36



A group of community members talking about the struggles of living in a small town like Pearston.


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Season 4 Episode 35



Community members and farmers reflecting on the potential harm fracking can do in the warm, cattle, air as well as humans.


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Sex Workers Part 2

Season 4 Episode 23

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 6:45pm

They wear masks to protect their identities. Their families and neighbours often are unaware of what they do… a group of Sex-workers share horrific tales of police blackmail and violence  as well as hilarious stories of clients who have special requests…. these ladies are on a mission to get prostitution legalized and thus control the spread of AIDS  and expose themselves less to the dangers of their profession.

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Sex Workers Part 1

Season 4 Episode 22

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 6:45pm

Sex workers share the intimate details of their trade and their daily struggle for survival.

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Masibambisane High Part 3

Season 3 Episode 22


At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Masibambisane High Part 2

Season 3 Episode 21


At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Masibambisane High Part1

Season 3 Episode 20


At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Tafelsig Backyarders

Season 3 Episode 6

Homeless families are evicted from an abandoned sports field where they have been squatting. Heart rending stories of families trying to survive.

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Right To Know

Season 3 Episode 5


The Right 2 Know campaign against the ANC’s attempt to bring in censorship with the Protection of Information Bill. A writer, two journalists and south Africa’s most famous cartoonists strategize on how to stop this happening.

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Views of 2011 Elections

Season 3 Episode 3


Middle class white Capetonians discuss the upcoming elections and what they think needs to change.

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Vote or Not to Vote Part 2

Season 3 Episode 2


Continuation of episode 1. UCT students debate whether their vote will change anything

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Vote or Not to Vote?

Season 3 Episode 1


UCT students debate whether their vote will change anything


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Gogos talk on troubled youth

Season 2 Episode 27


Older ladies in Gugulethu talk about how times have changed and how the youth of today show no respect towards their elders and have no discipline, hence the rampant drug abuse, violence and teenage pregnancy.

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HIV/AIDS & Homosexuality

Season 2 Episode 26



Continuation of episode 25. The group talk about AIDS, safe sex and what constitutes responsible behaviour.

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Meaning of Love

Season 2 Episode 24


Four young women poets read their poems and then discuss the meaning of love and its pitfalls.

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Aids March

Season 2 Episode 18



AIDS Demonstration in front of parliament. Members of TAC ( Treatment Action Campaign) berate the government’s lack of funding.

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Doctor, jazz singer, activist – Part 2

Season 2 Episode 16


Continuation of episode 15. A filmed portrait of LWAZI MANZI, doctor, jazz singer and grand-daughter of a famous Zulu struggle heroine.

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Season 1 Episode 48

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 7:30pm

The look into the discussion of abortion. Is it right or is it wrong?

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Season 1 Episode 46

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 7:30pm

(continuation of 42). The cast of the play tell how Tik has destroyed their communities.

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Season 1 Episode 45

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 7:00pm 7:00 pm

Young women riff on teenage pregnancy and the difficulty they have on getting guys to use condoms.

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Season 1 Episode 44

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 7:15pm

Ubuntu Education Fund. How people are infected by HIV and how uneducated they are about this disease. How do we educated our youth to use precautions?

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Season 1 Episode 43

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 7:00pm

Young doctors from government hospitals tell hair-raising stories of the dysfunctional state of our health service.

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Langa High School

Season 1 Episode 33

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“Nowadays boys…don’t believe in safe sex….whenever you want to have safe sex it means you are cheating or you have another boyfriend…but the thing is if you don’t practice safe sex there are consequences that are going to follow…the boys, what they intend to do whenever the consequences come up they always know that they’re going to run away….so as a girl you have the responsibility and the right to say something, you have to stand up for yourself”

“I have friends who talk about getting pregnant just because they want their boyfriends to stick to them, so girlfriends also preach about that saying, ‘Don’t use a condom”, so that you have a baby and so that your man will stick with you”

We sparked quite a heated debate when we gathered a group of students from Langa High. We asked them to talk about the pressures they now face from peers and boyfriends to become sexually active and how different the consequences and risks are for men and women in our society.

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Unemployment, Drugs, and Alcohol Abuse

Season 1 Episode 31

Mon, 7 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“I didn’t really care what I looked like, I didn’t really care what people thought of me, I didn’t care about a lot of things….being drunk every single day was the normal thing for me…..I knew I had a family that cared about me and that didn’t even interest me”

“I asked myself, ‘who are you?’…looking and seeing a reflection of myself, not recognising the person I saw and also realising that everything I could have been…there was nobody else that I could blame, it was all my own doing….”

An eye-opening episode, two former vagrants describe their descent into various vices, including alcohol and drug abuse. They speak honestly about the choices that led them to a life on the streets and the moments of realisation that led them to change their lives for the better. Inspirational.

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Symphony Way- Anti-Eviction Campaign Part 3

Season 1 Episode 26

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 7:30pm

An intense half hour of the harsh reality that the residents of Symphony Way are facing today. People of all walks of life unite to fight for their homes.

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Symphony Way Part 2

Season 1 Episode 23

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 7:00pm

120 families, a mixture of, Xhosa, Coloureds, Muslims and Christians, have set up their shacks on the pavements of Symphony Way.  Tired of waiting for over 10 years for new homes the government promised, they moved into empty RDP homes, only to be evicted by force by the police and have ended up living on the pavement.

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Season 1 Episode 21

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 7:15pm

A group of 20 something Khayelitsha residents, all high school graduates talk about the impossibility of finding a job unless you ” know someone who knows someone “. They’re angry, disillusioned and blame the government for making promises they never keep. ” In 10 years we are going to be like Zimbabwe…”

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A Street Stories Film


Effervescent, beautiful, confident, brave, eloquent and ambitious, Thembi epitomises the youth of South Africa. Tragically, in more ways than one, Thembi came to fame through her audio diary for the US’ National Public Radio. It documented her daily life in Khayelitsha and the physical, social and emotional struggle of living with HIV.

Her humour, forthright nature and inner strength enchanted her 50 million strong audience, forcing people far and wide, humble and famous, to listen to her sound logic as the voice of a generation that South Africa’s politicians had forsaken.

Despite her boundless energy and herculean courage, this gentle and incisive documentary shows that Thembi is all too human. Her desire to live, love and leave behind a legacy didn’t make her any less susceptible to insecurity, social pressure, exhaustion and the vagaries of being a celebrity.

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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.

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