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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Where are we Going?

Season 8 Episode 5

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 24 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Corruption, the cabinet reshuffle and ailing economy, racism and how the government controls the media . High school students talk about the future of South Africa.

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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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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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Literacy

Season 7 Episode 34

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 7 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

The FunDza Literacy Trust is a South African nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy among teens and young adults. Education provides the foundation for a healthy, stable, growth-oriented society – literacy is its cornerstone.

In this episode, we speak to the students of Intshukumo Primary School in Gugulethu township who are currently participating the the Year Beyond Program after school which offers the opportunity to expand reading, English and creative writing skills in partnership with the FunDza! app and curriculum. This program fosters an interest in all things educational with a primary focus on encouraging linguistic and compositional capabilities. For many students in Cape Town townships, the world after school is a distracting and often dangerous place. Some children begin dating at young ages, are asked to join gangs or may even be “flighted by a taxi driver” as one of the students in this episode describes. Opportunities to continue to learn outside of the typical school day are crucial for children and teens who are motivated to move out of the stereotypes of township life.

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Artscape Rural Outreach 2016

Season 7 Episode 33

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 31 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

 

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clan William. 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.

These episodes features the show’s highlights including dance routines, musical solos and behind the scenes preparations. Additionally, we spoke to several of the performers and we hear their first hand opinions on what it means to be a part of Artscape Outreach.

 

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Kwanele- (enough is enough) Part 2

Season 7 Episode 32

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 10 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of Langa township are faced with detrimental living environments. Faulty electrical wires hang from makeshift homes made of Coca Cola emblazoned tin sheets and flammable tarps. Multiple families share a single faulty toilet while runoff from wetland marshes containing trash and unwanted substances filter through the streets. The same streets where children run unsupervised and barefoot, playing with discarded bits of Styrofoam and kicking wads of plastic wrap through smoking traffic.

When the Street Talk team last visited Langa, we passed men and women dressed in contrasting outfits of faded and bold colours. They primarily stood motionless in doorways on every corner perhaps rendered immobile by the stagnancy of their living conditions.

This is not a new reality. In fact, such dilapidated and haphazard homes 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 skilfully to pen black and coloured workers in distinct regions surrounded by highways and railways to dishearten the masses into a submissive chronic poverty.

Despite the abolishment of apartheid in 1994, relatively nothing has changed for the communities except a recent surge of outrage from township inhabitants, a few failed housing developments and many unkept promises.

In this episode, we revisit the topic of Langa Housing and hear from new voices and opinions in the community.

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Dance and Demonstration

#FeesMustFall2016

Hand claps. Whistles. Methodic footsteps and lyrics revealing a deep historical pain erupt from the crowd, commanding the captivated gaze of onlookers.

It is midday on Wednesday, October 5th on the University of Cape Town campus where hundreds of students, university workers and emphatic supporters of the #FeesMustFall2016 movement are gathered in a vibrantly cohesive, buzzing collective of individuals demonstrating their need for fundamental policy changes in the University. A desire for revolution is in the air but, truthfully, the goal is unclear.

Though the true beginning of student-gathered activism in South Africa catalyzed in 1994 with protests led by the South African Student Congress (SASC) inspiring a wave of grassroots defiance against educational policies, South African University protests have resurfaced this year with the #FeesMustFall movement.

Initially, University of Cape Town students gained widespread international attention for their March, 5th 2015 “Rhodes Must Fall” protests. Primary protest demands focused on the removal of a Cecil John Rhodes statue ( the creator of the pre-apartheid labor and tax initiative, The Glen Gray Act)  from campus grounds. The Rhodes statue was torn down a month later. However, the campaign didn’t stop there. Ultimately, protesters shifted the conversation to encompass race relations, financial inequalities as well as detrimental educational methodologies and focused on decolonizing the country’s universities. No progress was made, thus resulting in a new protest wave this year.

From Wits to CPUT to UCT, major universities are experiencing an uproar in some form. At University of Cape Town, the scene has remained relatively calm, however, classes were canceled and the university has been forced to acknowledge protester demands.

When the Street Talk Crew arrived to UCT last week with cameras in hand, ready to cover event and speak with those involved, the university appeared peaceful. Students meandered about without any particular haste. However, police presence began casually gathering along the streets. Laughing and chatting, their demeanor was less threatening than it was relaxed.

Only a few hours later, everything shifted.

Multiple persuasive and rousing speeches from the appointed leaders of the #FeesMustFall dissent incited an entire assembly of individuals to take to the campus walkways. Toyi-toyi  singing and dancing broke out within the group, some demonstrators waved small tree branches above their heads and one held a white cross at the forefront. From a distance, the accumulation could have appeared to be a lighthearted parade. Yet, it was far from a celebration.

As we moved from the outskirts of campus towards the center, a large scorch mark marring the ground of UCT’s upper campus. Coupled with what appeared to be ashes of paper and trash, the blemish confirmed online reports of arson that had taken place on campus just the night before.

The crowd halted in front of the Steve Beiko building, demanding UCT Principal Max Price’s attention. Police arrived in full gear, helmets and weapons in place, and stared with a stony countenance towards the peaceful group. Throughout the demonstration, a select group of students stood out at the front lines of the marching masses. Their authority in the protest was clear. As a result, we asked to speak with them for our next episode of Street Talk TV.


What ensued was an hour-long conversation between six UCT students that revealed their unanimous rage and pain. The dynamic between the students and the police, who stood only 20 feet away, was shown to be highly tumultuous and further increased anger as the students spoke to us. While our crew held cameras, notebooks and microphones at the ready, we noticed a cluster of protesters intently listening behind us.

At the end of the day, the Street Talk crew looked around at each other, felt the adrenaline of the day vanish and sunk into exhaustion. We agreed that it is easy to allow yourself to be swept up in the passion and power of an oppressed group. Compassion morphs into guilt and subsequent need to aid as well as act. As media, our job is instead to share the story as it unfolds before us. The “Everything Must Fall” episode is our way of distilling the events and adding the crucial conversation that is spreading across the country.

#FeesMustFall is a convoluted issue that lacks a singular solution. In the meantime, violence, property damage and fear mongering from any party cannot be the answer and instead, we can only  encourage knowledge, empathy and compromise.

-Angelina Hess

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EverythingMustFall

Season 7 Episode 23

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am, Sun, 16 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am

“I am a very very very hurt black person by this institution. I came to UCT in 2012, almost 5 years, and nothing has changed in this university despite the demands of Rhodes Must Fall up until today. Nothing has changed. Even me, sitting like this and talking to you, I might get suspended again by the university. So black pain, that’s my reason for being here.” -Lindiwe Dlamini

On Wednesday, October 5th hundreds of students, university workers and emphatic supporters of the #FeesMustFall2016 movement gathered on the University of Cape Town campus in a vibrantly cohesive, buzzing collective of individuals demonstrating their need for fundamental policy changes. This is is a conversation between six of the protesters present at the demonstration.

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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. 

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.

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“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”

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.”

Racism

Season 7 Episode 1

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:15pm

 

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“There is racism between blacks and coloured, maybe because history has caused that racism culture, like they say coloureds don’t really have a place in South Africa but in history the coloureds were always there.”

“Everyone is equal, you’ve got these blocks: black, white, coloureds, that just don’t make sense to me. We are all equal, so why you wanna separate us as people.”

“Now that the black are in power the opportunities are coming to blacks.”

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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.

Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am

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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Masiphumelele

Season 6 Episode 40

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 7:30pm, Sat, 28 Nov 2015 7:30pm

The people of Masiphumelele posess a vibrant spirit despite the debilitating influences of crime, alcoholism, drug abuse and other illness. Closer integration of these people into the relatively affluent local communities will enhance the lives of all in the area.And these resident were discussing issues they face in Masiphumelele.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 34

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

The Brackenfell students are discussing racism and how it affects them. They also tell how they can’t even go and study where they want because of the racial war we have here in South Africa. They also discuss how important it is to take responsibility for your own life and not blame the government for everything that is wrong. They maintain that if a white person calls a black person ” stupid ” it’s a racist remark, but if a white person calls another white person stupid, it’s not.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 33

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

Brackenfell High School Drama students share their views about drama, how it has helped their lives and how drama is perceived in the community and the support they get from their families.

Afrikaner Youth

Season 6 Episode 25

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00am

“As a child I felt really ashamed of being Afrikaans. I hated it, but then I met so many [Afrikaans] people who weren’t judgmental”

The race debate is complicated, with conversations happening on all sides. For white South Africans with Afrikaans roots, the conversation includes topics of white privilege and inherited guilt. These 7 Young Afrikaners would like to change current perceptions of ‘boere’, from racists by default to just regular South Africans struggling to find their place in our rainbow nation.

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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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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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Rhodes Must Fall

Season 6 Episode 14

Tue, 26 May 2015 9:00pm

 

“UCT has been a very elitist, very white supremacist institution and exalting figures like Cecil John Rhodes just instills that message…we are trying to create a University environment that all students can find pride in”

“In many ways we’ve seen some degrees of diversity on campus but does that mean that we have cultural acceptance? Does that mean that we have social acceptance? Does it mean that all cultures, values, viewpoints and traditions are valued equally?”

Imperialist, colonialist and tyrant? For many, the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes conjures images of white supremacy and oppression, these are the sentiments shared by the UCT students campaigning for the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from their campus. But their vision for change far surpasses that of the mere removal of a symbol of past injustice. Ultimately, the students are seeking to escalate social and economic change across the sectors of their university becoming a model for much-needed change throughout the country.

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An Outsider’s Perspective

Season 5 Episode 45

Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:00pm

“A lot of the people around me were very ignorant on what Africa really is, I think they just bunched it up [as if it were] one place and doesn’t have 50 odd some countries in it”

“I do find English isn’t the major language…and its does create a bit of a barrier, but not a barrier that would put you off coming here”

It’s all about perspective! Xenobia, Elena, Renee, Richard and Ro, five students from the US and UK talk about their experience in South Africa. They muse on the nuances that often go unnoticed, concealed by everyday life. They touch on race relations, social norms and language barriers they’ve observed from their outsider’s perspective.

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Women Farm Workers Rise Up

Season 5 Episode 44

Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:00pm

“The main reason we started the strike it was because at that stage it was very, very, very difficult living on the farms, struggling on the farms with a R69…..R69 means living from hand to mouth. We couldn’t eat proper, we couldn’t even send our children to school proper”

Two years ago the farmlands of the Western Cape were hit by a series of strikes. Farm workers demanded a pay increase; from a laughable R69 a day to the more reasonable – but still absurd – R100 a day. The strike was led by five female farm workers from De Doorns; a small town in the Cape Winelands District. Dubbed ‘The Big Five’, these lionhearted women talk about their struggle to secure a liveable wage and better working conditions for themselves and their co-workers.

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Apartheid Era

Season 2 Episode 40

 

Continued from episode 36. Young Afrikaners speculate on the future of their language and culture.

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Hermanus Zwelihle

Season 5 Episode 23

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“…land gets sold you’ll find this place is mostly holiday resorts…..most of the land is taken by estate villages but then we don’t get houses. It’s been more 12 years”

“….the promise that came to the communities was that any development that takes place here the community should get something but its never happened…the community never gets anything that is promised….they build swimming pools but we cannot use running water….we’re still living in the Apartheid Era, we are not free yet to get what we’re suppose to get as equals in the free democracy of South Africa”

South Africa has progressed, however, much still needs to be done, as confirmed by the residents of Zwelihle – a small township situated between the more affluent towns of Hermanus and Sandbaai. We sat down with members of the township as they shared the difficulties they experience. They speak of underdeveloped housing, the lack of job opportunities and Government support as well as the language barriers they face whilst searching for employment in the surrounding areas, even comparing their current struggles to those faced during Apartheid. They feel ignored and discouraged as much of their efforts to improve the situation for themselves ends in stagnation. Leading many to a life of crime as a last resort.

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Racism

Season 5 Episode 14

 

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00pm

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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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Somerset East

Season 4 Episode 39

 

The older generation talking about how far Somerset East has with racism, also touching on how the division is still there.

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Red October

Season 4 Episode 33

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 5:00pm

“They are killing our people because of our race!  44 whites murdered by blacks every day! We are being targeted by the government and the President himself sings about killing boers with his machine gun!”

Red October, an all white Afrikaans protest movement is on the march. Ten thousand red balloons are unleashed into the skies over Cape Town as thousands of irate Afrikaaners, grannies, kids, farmers and businessmen take to the streets to give vent to their fear and anger.

After the demo a group explain how apartheid was really a true democracy and that what we have now is a black dictatorship hell- bent on eradicating the last white face from South Africa. Of course, none of these good folk consider themselves racists and one of them even confesses to sharing a chicken lunch with a black colleague after work!

How many other whites out there believe that their days are numbered and that S.A. is on the slippery slope towards becoming Zimbabwe?

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The Khoi San

Season 4 Episode 31

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00pm

A group of people talking about what it means to be Khoi and how being black is now defined.

 

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Culture and Apartheid Part 2

Season 4 Episode 25

 

 

Over a fish and chip lunch on Lookout Hill, high above Khayelitsha, four Xhosa intellectuals debate on what it means to be Xhosa and whether they are losing their culture.

As the conversation heats up, the role of whites in today’s South Africa comes under scrutiny, with some pretty searing comments on the lack of transformation. How can we make sure that kids growing up in the townships don’t forget their language and their cultural heritage?

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Langa High & Swedish Students Part 1

Season 4 Episode 19

Wed, 5 Feb 2014 6:45pm

Swedish students who visited SA, share their findings of SA, with Langa High School student.

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Repatriation of District Six

Season 4 Episode 16

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 6:45pm

Residents who were forcibly removed from District Six in Cape Town, reminisce about the ‘good old days’ and the fight to get back their land and homes.

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Camps Bay/Langa High

Season 3 Episode 48

 

Camps Bay and Langa High School seniors talk about their aspirations in life and what the obstacles to their achieving them.

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Mr. Pickwicks – Racism Part 2

Season 3 Episode 43

 

Continuation of episode 42. Four university graduates including a film producer, a journalist and a magazine editor explain how they see Cape Town as the most racist city in South Africa and how that has affected their lives.

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Mr. Pickwicks – Racism Part 1

Season 3 Episode 42

 

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 7:30pm

Part 1 – Four university graduates including a film producer, a journalist and a magazine editor describe how racism in Cape Town has affected their lives. Continued in Episode 43.

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Coloured

Season 3 Episode 15

 

A group of mixed race intellectuals in a conversation about what being ” coloured ” means.

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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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The Afrikaaner

Season 2 Episode 33

 

Middle-aged Afrikaners who were once pro apartheid and now support the ANC!

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The Government

Season 2 Episode 32

 

Continuation of episode 28. Right 2 Know group discuss community activism, government’s lack of action on social issues, and how racism still bedevils our society.

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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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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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Dinner at Beezy’s Part 2

Season 2 Episode 14

 

Continuation of episode 8. A dinner party hosted by famous Cape Town artist Beezy Bailey at his fabulous home on the slopes of Table Mountain.

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Dinner at Beezy’s Part 1

Season 2 Episode 8

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 7:30pm

A dinner party hosted by famous Cape Town artist Beezy Bailey at his fabulous home on the slopes of Table Mountain. Continued in Episode 14.

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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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Apartheid

Season 1 Episode 47

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 7:30pm

The oppression of black people and their feelings about this. Apartheid….is it gone?

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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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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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Touching Base with Race

Season 1 Episode 24

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 7:15pm

Young professional black women tell how rampant racism affects their lives in Cape Town.

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Students Views

Season 1 Episode 22

Four white university students compare S.Africa to countries overseas they have visited and think we are better off here than most people think. They are optimistic about the future of the country and feel that racism is no longer a problem but rather ” classism ” is the big challenge.

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Drama Students – Vida E Caffe’

Season 1 Episode 15

Wed, 5 Feb 2014 5:00pm

Young drama students talk about racism, the generation gap and their hopes and dreams.

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A Black President

Season 1 Episode 13

 

The day after Barak Obama was elected president a random group of customers at the Long Street Cafe give their reactions. Almost all in favour, hoping that he will set an example to our president. One young intellectual disagrees seeing Obama as an agent of capitalism and a puppet of the military/industrial complex.

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Eviction

Season 1 Episode 10

Abigail, Miryam, Nazeema, Fatima and Ishmael, all children living in illegal informal settlement share their experiences of being evicted from RDP houses that they occupied. They speak of police brutality, their parents fight for housing and the struggle to survive living on the pavement in modern day South Africa.

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Afrikaanerdom post-apartheid

Season 1 Episode 9

 

Earnie, Chantelle and Rosen, all students, share their views on national pride, patriotism, the media and the future of Afrikaanerdom in post-apartheid South African.

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Hipsters

Season 1 Episode 4

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 5:00pm

“Everybody got carried away with South African history and history being made and romanticism and one man…trying to save the world, but point being it was a short lived honey moon”

“We had the hope of democracy…the African National Congress it stood for change, relinquishing of poverty, rights for people and I don’t know what happened quite honestly because I don’t blame them for any of the corruption…What I do blame them for, the only thing, is that they did nothing for their own people. We didn’t get socialism, we didn’t get a fair deal for everybody and we have millions of unemployable, uneducated people who are hungry”

Jessica “a born again hooligan”, Kip a “retired” Brit, Stellenbosch based Roshen and Mark, recently returned from Australia, speak of their sense of alienation, their good deeds and affirmative action in South Africa.

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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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Sizwe’s friends on politics and racism

Season 1 Episode 1

“Everyone here knows crime….everyday someone gets robbed….crime does not start here in our community, its starts in Parliament, they also commit crime”

“Pregnancy’s a competition here….because of this grant money…..they don’t spend it on their children, they spend it on alcohol”

From crime and corruption, to pregnancy and grant money defrauding, young people from Site B in Khayelitsha talk about life as they know it. Speaking from the township perspective, they reflect on the present whilst dreaming of future success.

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