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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Black kids in private schools

Season 8 Episode 16

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 16 Sep 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

 

Mothers of black kids at private schools discuss the pros and cons of the education their children are getting. Is there sufficient attempt to incorporate black culture ? Does sex education at school mean that parents don’t have to talk about it at home ? Does sparing the rod spoil the child?

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Culture clash

Season 8 Episode 3

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 10 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

To circumcise or Not to circumcise. Young black Capetonians talk about being caught between two cultures: The Traditional values of their parents and the modern realities of their urban lives.

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Bullying

Season 7 Episode 52

Wed, 17 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 20 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs either inside or outside of school. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or emotional and is usually repeated over a period of time.
In schools, bullying occurs in all areas. It can occur in nearly any part in or around the school building, though it more often occurs during school breaks, in hallways, bathrooms, on school buses and waiting for buses, classes that require group work and/or after school activities.

Bullying in school sometimes consists of a group of learners taking advantage of or isolating one learner in particular and gaining the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid becoming the next victim.

Young school students from different backgrounds gather together to share their personal experiences of being bullied in and outside school premises.

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Interracial relationships

Season 7 Episode 44

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

Mixed-race relationships are becoming more and more common every day, though there are still some places where it might earn you a side-eye or two. Some people are afraid to date outside of their race because they don’t know what to expect. Others are either uncomfortable with it, or it has never occurred to them.

Not everyone will be accepting of an interracial relationship, that doesn’t have to affect who you choose to be with. 5 woman gather together to talk about mix race relationship, sharing their personal stories and their views.

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Breaking silence

Season 7 Episode 42

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am, Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

A group of community activist talk about the necessity to break the taboo of silence and talk to the youth about sex, allure and its consequences.

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Artscape Outreach: Reaching Out

Season 7 Episode 36

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 28 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clanwilliam. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

 

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Teenage Parents Part 2

Season 7 Episode 25

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sun, 27 Nov 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“Yes, we do have clinics that provide contraceptives but preventing pregnancy should start at home. If only if our parents would talk to us and sit us down and try to make us to be confident in our skin, in our body…”

According to a survey conducted in 2015,  5.3% of females (14-19) reported they were pregnant at some point during the 15 months prior to the poll. This number indicates that from 2013-2015,  approximately 1,408,833 million teenage pregnancies occurred in South Africa.

Now, to put the number in context, if this total number of females who experienced teenage pregnancy in South Africa were living only in Cape Town, that would be about 37% of the cities total population ( 3,740, 025 million in 2011). Two out of five people in the entire city would be young enough to attend or graduate from primary school and would be carrying at a baby at the same time.

Females make up 51.1% of Cape Towns population at 1,907,412 million people,. With 12% of Cape Town females from ages 15-19 reporting teenage pregnancy in 2011, this means that 228,889 young women had children. This number does not include teenagers from ages 13-14.

While 5.3% of a country the size of South Africa does not immediately appear drastic or alarming, the subsequent issues that result from this number, are. When faced with feeding, clothing, housing and providing for a child, a South African young woman’s education may take an immediate hit in order to generate a constant income. Without a significant income, chronic poverty may become a possibility.

Though some may point toward teenage pregnancy as a failure in society, in all actuality the failure lies in societies slow adoption of sexual education. In addition, the shame and stigma that revolve around teenage pregnancy from religious groups, family as well as schools can directly harm a young woman’s outlook on her pregnancy. Young mothers often raise their children without any aid from the father and turn to their nuclear as well as extended family for support.

With this second episode of Teenage Parents, Street Talk is hoping to encourage young women to step outside of the boundaries of teenage pregnancy by addressing the difficulties of motherhood, providing an opportunity for community support and providing space for the vocalization of each woman’s dream.

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Teenage Parents Part 1

Season 7 Episode 24

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 22 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“..Sometimes things happen unexpectedly.”

According to a survey conducted in 2015,  5.3% of females (14-19) reported they were pregnant at some point during the 15 months prior to the poll. This number indicates that from 2013-2015,  approximately 1,408,833 million teenage pregnancies occurred in South Africa.

Now, to put the number in context, if this total number of females who experienced teenage pregnancy in South Africa were living only in Cape Town, that would be about 37% of the cities total population ( 3,740, 025 million in 2011). Two out of five people in the entire city would be young enough to attend or graduate from primary school and would be carrying at a baby at the same time.

Females make up 51.1% of Cape Towns population at 1,907,412 million people,. With 12% of Cape Town females from ages 15-19 reporting teenage pregnancy in 2011, this means that 228,889 young women had children. This number does not include teenagers from ages 13-14.

While 5.3% of a country the size of South Africa does not immediately appear drastic or alarming, the subsequent issues that result from this number, are. When faced with feeding, clothing, housing and providing for a child, a South African young woman’s education may take an immediate hit in order to generate a constant income. Without a significant income, chronic poverty may become a possibility.

Though some may point toward teenage pregnancy as a failure in society, in all actuality the failure lies in societies slow adoption of sexual education. In addition, the shame and stigma that revolve around teenage pregnancy from religious groups, family as well as schools can directly harm a young woman’s outlook on her pregnancy. Young mothers often raise their children without any aid from the father and turn to their nuclear as well as extended family for support.

With this episode, Street Talk is hoping to encourage young women to step outside of the boundaries of teenage pregnancy by addressing the difficulties of motherhood, providing an opportunity for community support and providing space for the vocalization of each woman’s dream.

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Her Voice Foundation

Young Moms Support

The Parent Centre

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Gangs: Playing with Death

Season 7 Episode 12

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 7:30pm

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Regrets of Survival: Finding Opportunity in Elsie’s River

In this episode, we listened to residents of Elsie’s River talk about opportunities they had been deprived of, and the life paths they had chosen as a result. From dreams of becoming a police officer to dreams of being a doctor, we listened to both the regrets and hopes of the residents.

Some quotes from this episode:

“They show the kids guns and teach them how to smuggle- it’s not right”
“There is no money to study further”
“There is no unity”

The Gang Killed My Son

Season 7 Episode 11

Gangsterism is a much discussed topic in South Africa, but although there is much discussion about gangsters, there is little talk about the people who raised them and the tragedies that they have witnessed. Street Talk TV spoke with a few parents of gangsters to find out how they perceived the problem of gangsterism in South Africa and how it could be solved. Many of the parents in this episode had experienced the death of a child due to their child’s involvement with gangs, and were eager to prevent other parents from experiencing the same grief.

 

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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.

Inferior Education post Apartheid

Season 7 Episode 9

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:15pm

 

 

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“Why as blacks South Africans,we have to campaign and toyi-toyi all the time in order for us to get justice in this country,in order for us to be equal?.”

“We get to learn in cold classes and one child might say what is the use of  living my warm bed and,it even get’s to a point of children dropping out of school.”

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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.

 

Born frees

Season 7 Episode 6

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:15pm

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“We are not equal as born frees, because you check at Model C schools they are more advanced, we are not the same as learners.”

“It’s a very difficult situation where we grow up in the township, but they insist not help our schools with maybe sponsor because they have been through what we have been through”

Do you think Born frees are Free?  or they  are exposed to their own challenges. Share your views.

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.

 

Racism

Season 7 Episode 2

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:30pm

 

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“I say to my granddaughters,I don’t think I will love you with a black person in my house.”

“From now to ten years forward,If the government does not change and give equal rights to everyone,there will be war.”

UCT on Fire

Season 6 Episode 52

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00am

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UCT students tell of their struggles and the measures they have to take to get their demands met by the UCT management and by the government.

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.

ArtsCape Outreach 2016

Season 6 Episode 50

 

To try and borrow from how John Lennon saw an artist’s role in society: is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

This was the aim and successfully executed plan for Artscape team when they organised an outreach programme for art barrel community with limited opportunities.

They woke up a sleeping town and not only brought life with their art but breathed life into that community.

Fathers and Sons

Season 6 Episode 47

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00am

Mothers and Daughters

Season 6 Episode 46

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:00am

Young Site B residents they talking about their relationship with their mothers.

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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

Menstruation

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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Artscape Outreach in Worcester

Season 6 Episode 41

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:00am

On October 19th, ARTSCAPE, Cape Town’s no 1 centre of arts and culture,went to Worcester on its annual cultural outreach to the rural areas of the Western Cape.

Spearheaded by Marlene Le Roux, arts director, Artscape took some of its finest performances in music, dance and ballet for a two day jamboree in Worcester’s Town Hall.

School children were bused in from the surrounding areas for two performances on each of the two days festival.The last evening culminated in a gala performance attended by town dignitaries, farmers, residents from surrounding towns.

Marlene and a group of performers discuss how what they are doing can really change people’s minds by breaking down a lot of the cultural isolation so many of our communities still live in. Children, who have never heard opera or seen ballet are transfixed by the experience. And filming the audience faces as they watched a wild and brilliant dance performed by four disabled people, two in wheelchairs,you sense that their perception of the word “disabled” will never be the same !

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Generation For Change Dance

Season 6 Episode 39

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:00am

 

The youth of Vryground coming together trying to give back to their community by doing positive things like Dance, learning computer skills at Where Rainbows Meet NGO.

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Fees Must Fall March

Season 6 Episode 37

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

For a week the universities of the Western Cape and the rest of the country were in turmoil.

Tens of thousand of students protested against the government’s announcement that they were going to increase the fees for tertiary education.

Campuses were shut down. Lectures cancelled and riot police shot water cannon,tear gas, rubber bullet and stun grenades at protesting students.

Street Talk took its cameras to parliament where the police use violence against the students marchers and then later recorded a conversation between seven students protesters who discuss the issues behind the march and what they think the University administrations and government must do.

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Bullying in school

Season 6 Episode 35

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00am

 

A group of leaners from 3 different school in Cape Town are discussing Bullying they find in schools amongst fellow learners and teachers.

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Racism in Schools

Season 6 Episode 32

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00am

 

A group of leaners from 3 different school in Cape Town are discussing racism they find in schools amongst fellow learners and teachers.

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Women Talk Books

Season 6 Episode 27

Tue, 9 May 2017 12:00am

 

In our fast paced modern world, books seem ancient, seemingly only able to hold the attention of bored housewives, and pubescent romantics. Four women, each with a life changing experience with books, talk about why reading is essential in our multimedia society.

 

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Heidelberg Residents

Season 6 Episode 19

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00am

 

“This is my town, I was born here and I’m not going anywhere”

“People always say, when you go to Cape Town you have to stay indoors….you can’t even watch a fight….you could get shot just watching”

Heidelberg is a small town located near South Africa’s south coast, about half way between Cape Town and Knysna. We sat down with a few domino playing residents, some who have called Heidelberg home for over 40 years. They share the joys and woes of small town life. Despite the high rate of unemployment, these residents couldn’t see themselves living anywhere else.

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Looking Back: Retirees Reflect

Season 6 Episode 17

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 7:00pm

 

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The Rude Bitches Gang

Season 6 Episode 9

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00pm

“Here in our area…in Freedom Park you don’t have to be a gangster… you still get shot at…you still get stabbed…you still get hurt”

“They shoot at our children at all hours of the night. And the police are phoned but they never turn up, so we step in and handle things ourselves. We call ourselves Rude Girls”

It’s a hard knock life for the women of the Rude Bitches Gang, the mothers, girlfriends and friends of the Rude Boy Gang. Be a fly on the wall as they describe their lives, managing to be both hilarious and tragic, these are the Rude Bitches of Freedom Park

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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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Indlu Yengwevu

Season 5 Episode 40

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“The Constitution of South Africa we haven’t got any input there…the Constitution has been drafted by the experts…they make the Constitution on behalf of finance and industry…they don’t care about the growth of our children, they don’t care about our cultures. Everything has been destroyed….we are trying our best but there’s nothing”

In our modern times, the elderly are ill regarded. Their wisdom goes unheeded and the lessons they have learned have no special place in our fast paced existence. In this episode, a few older persons from Harare share their wealth of knowledge on how to improve South Africa.

 

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Single Mothers Hout Bay

Season 5 Episode 37

Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“The mothers must do all the raising up alone no fathers….they are absent….if the fathers are around than [drugs] won’t be a problem”

“We cant give up now….we must continue and just be there for them all the time because they look up to us”

In Hout Bay, single mothers share their struggles with raising their children in a poisonous environment where drug addiction is seen as an inescapable part of daily life. They share their battle to turn their fatherless sons to men.

 

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Antino

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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Is apartheid still alive?

Season 5 Episode 5

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Is apartheid still alive and present in our everyday lives ? should we not have moved on to a place where it is no longer discussed, a relic of bygone years, something irrelevant ? Three young, dynamic contemporary Cape Town women disagree and tell how, in their daily experiences, they keep bumping into race and discrimination. Over a few glasses of chilled Chardonnay they wonder why it is still so hard to have an open, frank and no punches pulled conversation  about this with people of a different colour.

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Black Women Equality Part 2

Season 5 Episode 1

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 5:00pm

“We are so used to men treating us so wrong that when you get that one that treats you right its strange”

A group of young, professional women dish the dirt on their relationships with men. Safe sex, fidelity, male dominance…. in all these areas the women agree that Cape Town men are still way behind the times, and are reluctant to catch up. Can you ever really trust a guy ? These ladies are not so sure and have stories that don’t exactly paint men in a favourable light. That said, they can’t live without them and that makes for a lively and at times very funny conversation

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Mzantsi Risers Part 1

Season 4 Episode 52

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:00pm

A theatrical dance and music programme for Langa kids.  An unmarried girl tells her mother she’s pregnant. They act out the scene with gut-wrenching reality, the language and scene taken from their everyday experiences. In another act, a women discovers that her husband is having an affair with a woman who is in their church congregation. His denials are classic but she manages to nail him by finding a voice message on his phone…. Non actors performing with a passion these true-life situations make for riveting viewing. The participants discuss how acting has enhanced their lives and where they would like to go with it.

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Abused Men

Season 4 Episode 51

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Men are always the bad guys – right ? Men beat up women, rape children, never support their wives or partners’ kids and spend all their money on drinks or drugs. True? Not if you listen to this group of abused men from Vrygrond. According to them, thanks to the Constitution, women have all the rights now, and men none. The tell tragic stories of how their women have stolen from them to buy drugs, beaten them, lied to them, been unfaithful and when the guys have gone to the police they have just been laughed at and told to go back and give their woman a good hiding.”

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Dance for All

Season 4 Episode 50

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 5:00pm

A dance school in Athlone that is open to all kids from all townships. When they enter the doors they leave behind the pressing problems of their everyday lives ; the violence, the poverty, the lack of food, the domestic upheavals and transform themselves into the physical realm of dance and music. A group of dancers discuss how it has radically changed their lives by giving them a confidence they never had, and a sense of pride of achievement when they appear in front of large audiences… ” If you fall down, you get right back up as if nothing has happened and dance on…”

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Spanking

Season 4 Episode 48

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Spare the rod and spoil the child?  The ANC is going to make it against the law to physically punish your children and has mothers and grannies all over the country up in arms. ” This man, Zuma, can’t just come into my house and tell me how to bring up my children ”  ” If you can’t smack them they end up on the street doing drugs and all those things…” Traditionally children have been beaten when they misbehave and it is the belief of many women that without that option, the kids will have no respect for their elders and just do what they want. ” Just talk to the teachers in the schools and they will tell you how the kids behave when you can’t punish them…”

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Nannies

Season 4 Episode 47

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Mothers entrust their most precious possessions to them. Alone for long periods with ” madam’s ” children, it’s hardly a surprise that the kids start calling the nanny ” Mom”  A group of Kalk Bay nannies lift the vale on the sensitive relationship between them and their employers, and how most of them get fired after a few months, accused by the mothers of stealing their babies’ affections. It’s a difficult line to walk, not made easier by the fact that the moment something is lost in the house, the nanny is number one suspect.

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Girl Boxing

Season 4 Episode 46

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Aspiring Million Dollar Babies from the townships explain how boxing for them isn’t like fighting but more like a game. The describe their fear of injury and having to overcome the humiliation of defeat. How does boxing affect their social lives ? Some avoid boyfriends saying that they are only a distraction to their training and fighting ,while racounts the romantic story of her falling in love with a fellow boxer and getting married.

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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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School Teachers

Season 4 Episode 43

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 5:00pm

These teachers at Masiphumele Primary School declare that if you don’t have the passion and commitment for teaching, better find another job. Inspiring children to learn, maintaining discipline and coping with classes of over 40 kids is just part of the problem. The most difficult, they say, is trying to involve parents in the education of their kids. With unemployment, poverty and hunger rife, what happens outside the school can undo everything the teachers are trying to achieve…

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Black Women Equality Part 1

Season 4 Episode 42

Sat, 1 Mar 2014 5:00pm

We don’t have balls, we don’t need balls. We’re competent, hard working and ambitious….” Young and successful professional women question whether the equal rights enshrined in our Constitution actually apply  to women in the workplace. ” My boss grabbed me and gave me a big slurpy kiss, which I really didn’t want. I grabbed his nuts and squeezed. It felt good – really good. “

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Grade 12

Season 4 Episode 40

 

 

A group of Grade 12 learners reflecting on the difficulties of been a Grade 12 learner in Pearston and how some of their parents don’t support them. 

 

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Pearston Creche

Season 4 Episode 38

 

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 5:00pm

 

A group of employees talking about the difficulties of running a creche in Pearston.

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Culture and Apartheid

Season 4 Episode 24

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 6:45pm

Perched high on a hill overlooking Khayelitsha, four intellectuals wrestle with the bigger questions in life. Who are the Xhosa ? What are the roots of racism and how does this affect their daily lives in Cape  Town?

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Boxing club – Khayelitsha

Season 4 Episode 21

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 6:45pm

An inspirational story about Jinja from Khayelitsha, who trains young boys in boxing, taking them off the streets and away from gangs and falling into crime, creating a life for them with vision, going an extra mile to ensure them a safe and better future.

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Teenage Parents

Season 4 Episode 18

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

5 teenage fathers and mothers talk about how having children at their age has affected their lives. Most agree that it wasn’t a great idea and that they are struggling emotionally and financially. Parenthood, as one young mother puts it, is about sacrifice – but were they ready ?

 

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Teenagers talking about their parents

Season 4 Episode 13

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

 

Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 give an insight into the challenges they face being raised in unstable households.

 

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Miss Khayelitsha

Season 4 Episode 10

 

Yandiswa is bringing up her 9 year old cousin on her own, a teenager herself she is going places, she recently won Miss Khayelitsha and has her sights set on an international modeling career and winning the title of Miss South Africa.

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Ladies of Lavender Hill

Season 4 Episode 9

 

Against a backdrop of gang warfare and threats to her own life Lucinda Evans helps women traumatised by domestic violence.

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Child headed households

Season 4 Episode 6

Fri, 6 Dec 2013 6:45pm

 

 

Teenagers from Khayelitsha talk about what its like to grow up without their mothers and to be in a child headed household.

 

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Abortion Pt 2

Season 4 Episode 5

Wed, 4 Dec 2013 6:45pm

 

“It’s become the fashion to get pregnant because that will make your boyfriend stay with you” This, and other revelations, from a group of teenage girls in Khayelitsha. And what if you don’t want the baby?  Can you tell your parents? How do they react? The government provides free abortions but back street abortionist flourish. One girl describes her abortion in searing detail and how it has left her traumatized for life…

 

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Abortion Pt 1

Season 4 Episode 4

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 6:45pm

 

“It’s become the fashion to get pregnant because that will make your boyfriend stay with you” This, and other revelations, from a group of teenage girls in Khayelitsha. And what if you don’t want the baby?  Can you tell your parents? How do they react? The government provides free abortions but back street abortionist flourish. One girl describes her abortion in searing detail and how it has left her traumatized for life…

 

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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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Anaboom Street

Season 3 Episode 16

 

Residents of Anaboom St. Delft talk about xenophobia, inter-racial dating and police corruption in their neighbourhood.

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‘Home’ plays at the Grahamstown festival

Season 3 Episode 14

 

Drama students from UWC take a play with a strong feminist message that they wrote to the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

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‘Home’ – theatre used for transformation

Season 3 Episode 12

 

Drama students from UWC draw inspiration from what home means to them.

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The Foster Farmer

Season 2 Episode 49

 

Andre, an Afrikaans rebel, runs a farm and unofficial home for mixed-race street kids on the slopes of Table Mountain.

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Apartheid Era

Season 2 Episode 36

 

Young Afrikaans professionals discuss the end of apartheid and the role of the Afrikaner in the new South Africa.

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Gender Responsibilities in Society

Season 2 Episode 31

 

Continuation of episode 24. Young women poets argue about the role of women in today’s society.

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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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University Students

Season 2 Episode 22

 

Stellenbosch University students discuss the lack of transformation in their college and the thorny question of affirmative action.

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Gay Guys

Season 2 Episode 20

 

 

Young gay men tell stories of the kind of prejudice and discrimination they encounter in their everyday lives.

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Mixed Race?

Season 2 Episode 19

 

Dynamic, middle class young women talk about what it’s like being ” coloured” in Cape Town.

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Gay in Gugs Part 2

Season 2 Episode 7

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 7:30pm

A group of young men and women from Gugulethu talk about the challenges of living ‘out’ in their community. Continued from Episode 06.

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New Africa Theatre Academy

Season 2 Episode 4

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 7:30pm

New Africa Theatre Academy is a drama school that attracts aspiring actors from the townships.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 2

Season 2 Episode 3

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 1

Season 2 Episode 2

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.

 

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Silverstream High

Season 1 Episode 49

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 7:30pm

High school senior girls tell how difficult it is to get guys to have safe sex

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Abortion

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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Tik

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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Pregnancy

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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Ubuntu

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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Taxi

Season 1 Episode 42

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 7:00pm

“It’s the lack of morals nowadays because if that’s my occupation, it comes with responsibilities….I have people’s children….when it comes to taxi queens….I need to be safe and I need to treat them with respect……that’s what I feel is lacking”

“At the moment its grown folks telling children that ‘taxi queenirism’ is wrong, what about telling [the adult]…that’s unacceptable”

Seven performers from the youth group ComArt (Community Arts Association) – based in Elsies River – speak about their inspiration for the Artscape production Shapes of Me. They identify the stories told in the play, from losing a friend to being a ‘taxi queen’, to understanding the challenges that poverty presents.

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Drugs

Season 1 Episode 40

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 7:00pm

“Living in a township, its very horrible, its terrible….you engage in a lot of things….street fights, drugs, alcohol….caused by peer pressure….depends on family background….no one’s around to say hey don’t do it”

Don’t miss this heated conversation about township life where many youths are raised in an environment poised for substance abuse. They raise crucial questions about the effectiveness of support systems meant to eradicate the issue of drug addiction but that neglect to address the broader societal issues.

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Kalk Bay

Season 1 Episode 38

Fri, 8 Aug 2014 7:30pm

“If you say your generation, you cant change what you feel then just don’t say things…because when you say them you put it out there and the kids pick up on that…I’ve seen with my own brother’s kids, the way he talks and what they pick up….their attitudes are the same as his and its not gonna get them anywhere in this world”

In Kalk Bay, 7 white South Africans discuss a number of issues, from Homophobia to the atrocious state of our housing development these South Africans get real about the state of our country.

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Noah

Season 1 Episode 36

Mon, 4 Aug 2014 7:30pm

Elderly discuss their viewpoints on life. How things have changed and the the youth of today

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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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The Book Called “Open”

Season 1 Episode 32

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“…there are obvious power imbalances in just about every sphere of life…and I don’t like to demonise men…..but I do think that we do alter ourselves to fit into those male power structures and are very self conscious about how we appear to men in our behaviour, appearance and sexuality”

“we have to ask ourselves as mothers of sons, how are we raising our men? How are we teaching them to honour women? To relate to women, to fear women, to scorn women?…..we have a huge responsibility. It’s very easy to jump on a bandwagon and demonise men …we interact with men everyday, how are we doing this in a way that challenges our societies”

‘Open: An erotic anthology by South African women writers’ was published in 2008, we sat down with seven writers as they discuss their contributions to the book. The writers, some of them mothers, talk extensively on women’s sexuality, how it is defined in our society and the example they want to set for their own daughters and sons.

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Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 28

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 7:30pm

Community workers in Atlantis tell how the breakdown of the family structure has led to rampant drug use and gangsterism.

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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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Youth Discussions

Season 1 Episode 20

Fri, 30 May 2014 7:30pm

“….it’s very good to have an open relationship with your parents then you can talk to them about things”

“…emotional abuse when parents are arguing then the child gets affected by it, now when the child grows up thinking ‘shouting at my wife or husband is the right thing to get my point across’…the cycle of abuse”

A group of young girls from Modderdam High in Cape Town, sat down to discuss their take on the parent-child relationship, peer pressure and the dilemmas of their generation.

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Role Models

Season 1 Episode 17

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 7:15pm

“….politicians are fighting for power, they are bringing people down….we’re watching them, they’re doing that, why can’t we?”

“…we have surroundings that in a way influence us but at the end of the day we’re the ones who make the choices”

“….if a parent is doing something wrong is it easy for you to just get up and do what’s right?”

Eight students from Langa High speak passionately about role models, or the lack there of, in society today. They argue for and against the impact of family upbringing and other societal role models, exploring how we are defined and shaped by our earliest experiences. What we learn from these bright sparks is that as much as we are defined by our earliest examples, there is always choice.

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Old aged

Season 1 Episode 14

 

It’s not easy being old in Dunoon. These old timers recount tales of living in fear of rape, robbery and violence. What makes it particularly horrible is that they are often victims of their own relatives. Vulnerable and lonely they paint a tragic picture of growing old.

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Media, Racism and Safe Sex

Season 1 Episode 2

 

“…..when you watch anything from South Africa its 16 die in whatever robbery, and in the media you always hear South Africa’s a ship going down with no lights because of Eskom. Its all the negative stuff, you never hear about the kid who saved the old man drowning….when it’s the bad things they know the paper’s gonna sell”

Teens are hardly ever noted for their wisdom, but there are exceptions to every rule. Meet these 9 students from Camps Bay High School in Cape Town. They share their profound insights on Media and its influence, racism and the Apartheid legacy and their feelings about growing up in a country in transition.

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