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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SABC’s Good news

Season7 Episode 15

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“We are sitting in an industry which is under enormous amount of threat in terms of finances,our board rooms essentially determine what editorial decisions we need to make,which is unfortunate.”

“Experienced journalist are living the newsroom rather juniorised,therefore those young junior reporters are easily manipulated one way or another.”

“My dream is to live in a country where the government thinks twice or thrice before taking any decision that will hurt the people.”

In this episode, local news professionals share their viewpoints on the current state of South African journalism, bias and manipulation in newsrooms, the failure of the media to adequately report on every day affairs and a need for credible information sources.

Shane

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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Ubuntu Education Fund

A Street Stories Film

 

A short promotional film that we made for the Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that provides world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ubuntu’s mission is simple, all-encompassing, yet radical: to help raise township children by providing what all children deserve—everything.

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Mandela – Film Biography

Mandela – Son of Africa Father of a Nation

 

Oscar nominated authorized film biography ‘Mandela – Son of Africa, Father of a Nation’.

Directed by Street Talk founder Jo Menell and acclaimed director Angus Gibson.

Nominated for best documentary at the 1996 Oscar Awards.

Nelson Mandela was born in the remote South African village of Qunu; an excellent student, Mandela went on to become a lawyer and then a political activist with the African National Congress, a political party who sought to bring down South Africa’s Apartheid regime, in which the minority white population denied the most basic political and civil rights to the nation’s black citizens. Mandela’s vocal opposition of the South African government (and his refusal to repudiate violence as a response to the brutality inflicted upon blacks) resulted in his spending 27 years at hard labor in prison — and in time led to his release, the legitimization of the ANC, and his election as South Africa’s first black president. ‘Mandela’ is a documentary that traces Mandela’s story from his birth to his current status as a respected political leader, featuring interviews with Mandela and his contemporaries and newsreel footage that records the turbulent past of both Mandela and his nation.

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Credits

Directed by

Jo Menell (Founding member of Street Talk)

Angus Gibson

Shag

A Street Stories Film

 

A half hour documentary that explores women’s attitudes to sex. Shot in various locations in Cape Town during 2006. 60 women, who came forward by answering an advertisement in the newspaper are from all ages, racial groups, religions and cultural backgrounds, talk uninhibitedly about everything from blow jobs to safe sex.

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Thembi

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

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

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

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Street Talk TV – 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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