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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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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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Voice of the Voters

Season 4 Episode 49

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 5:00pm

” What we need is that which was taken from us – and that is the land – and we’re never going to get that because voting is a neo-liberal rictual !”  ” Voting is a necessary evil ” ” The only solution if for people to organize themselves on the ground and not wait for the politicians…” ” Can we believe in a democracy that was pushed on us without our permission ?”  Dissonant voices, passionate debate in a build-up to the May elections.

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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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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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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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Voice of the Voters Part 1

Season 4 Episode 41

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 5:00pm

Racialism, non-racialism and blackness – these are some of the issues that young people struggle with when it comes to voting in the up-and-coming elections. Who can they choose that best represents them and their aspirations in a corrupt society.

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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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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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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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Teenagers Against Drug Abuse (TADA)

Season 4 Episode 37

 

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:00pm

 

A group of Teenagers Against Drug Abuse in Pearston, reflecting on the difficulties other teenagers face.

 

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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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Fracking

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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Cross Dressers

Season 4 Episode 34

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 5:00pm

A group of young men who dress up as women speak candidly about their lives in the small Karoo town of Pearston. Dating, sexual preferences, prejudice and socializing.

 

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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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Sugar Daddies

Season 4 Episode 32

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00am

Reviled in the press, accused by the government of spreading HIV and lumped by society along with paedophiles as sexual parasites you would think that sugar daddies would think twice before being filmed talking in an exuberant and unembarrassed way about dating girls young enough to be their daughters. Not so.

These ageing studs positively salivate as they share their love affairs with school girls, convinced that they bring nothing but pleasure and material assistance into the lives of their needy and deprived sugar babes. 

What do their wives or partners think? Lies and subterfuge are the name of the game until someone slips up and a condom in a jacket pocket gives the game away… alas, that condom often never gets put on and as they graze the pastures rich in nubile prey, our sugar daddies are often spreading more than love…

 

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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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Sugar Babes

Season 4 Episode 30

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00am

 

If you were a teenager from a poor background and an older guy offered you clothes, food, took you out to shebeens and paid for your school fees, would you accept? Oh, the price, of course is sex. A group of ” sugar babies ” give a glowing account of how great the ” sugar daddies “are:” They don’t steal from you like the ben 10’s (younger dudes), they don’t beat you up and when you go to bed, they only do it once and then fall asleep!” With stats showing a dramatic increase of AIDS in teenage women due to the sugar daddy syndrome what about Safe Sex? Hey, why spoil the fun?

 

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Legalize Marijuana?

Season 4 Episode 29

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00pm

 

Dagga: the most popular drug of our times. Users say it’s harmless and shouldn’t be illegal, the Government says it’s a crime and you go to jail. With the rest of the world gradually de-criminalizing dagga a bunch of pot-heads puff on some lekker weed and riff on the pros and pros of legalizing it!

 

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The ‘Interrupters’ of gang violence

Season 4 Episode 28

Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:15pm

“The Interruptors” A half-hour Street Talk special on ” Cease Fire ” a unique and incredibly effective crime prevention project in Hanover Park, the murder capital of the Cape Flats. A bunch of seasoned ex-cons, whose criminal past and jail time buys them a great deal of respect in the hood, set out to interrupt the violence before it happens.

With intimate knowledge of every gang member’s affiliation, residence, quirks and habits, the interruptors move in the moment they hear something is ” going down ” and stop the ” high risk” individual before he can pull the trigger or plunge the knife.

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Women in Poetry

Season 4 Episode 27

Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:00pm

5 young poets sharing the tales of their life and the beauty of being story tellers in a form of poetry.

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Ex-cons

Season 4 Episode 26

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 6:45pm

 

Ex-convicts tell us about the perils of doing time, their experiences of reintegrating into society and what the future holds for them.

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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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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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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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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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Langa High & Swedish Students Part 2

Season 4 Episode 20

Fri, 7 Feb 2014 6:45pm

Observations of South Africa from the Swedish student who visited Langa High School and young South African who are studying at Langa High School.

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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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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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District Six and Inequality

Season 4 Episode 17

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 6:45pm

Old time residents of District 6, Cape Town reminisce about the good old days before the apartheid regime evicted them and destroyed their homes. Memories differ: some saying that coloured and blacks lived harmoniously side by side, others claim the opposite. All agree that what happened to them was a crime and that they are still waiting for the government to facilitate their return.

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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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Department of Coffee

Season 4 Episode 15

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

Three young Khayelitsha entrepreneurs open the first coffee shop in the township. The results have changed their lives.

 

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SJC members agitate for a safer Khayelitsha

Season 4 Episode 14

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

Social Justice Coalition members are not happy with the South African Police Service in Khayelitsha. They claim the police are corrupt and untrusted which is why the community takes the law into their own hands.

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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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Langa High School: Drama skit

Season 4 Episode 12

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

A group of Langa High seniors have produced a play about the trials and tribulations of kids from the rural areas trying to adapt to township life.

 

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Right2Know Campaign

Season 4 Episode 11

Wed, 8 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

The Right2Know campaign was formed in the wake of the Government’s introduction of the Secrecy Bill. What are your thoughts on the right to Freedom of Information in this country?

 

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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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Gangsterism – Lavender Hill Part 2

Season 4 Episode 8

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 6:45pm

Lavender Hill residents talk about gangsterism within their community.

 

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Gangsterism – Lavender Hill Part 1

Season 4 Episode 7

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 6:45pm

 

Lavender Hill residents talk about gangsterism within their community.

 

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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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Fears of the job market

Season 4 Episode 3

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 6:15pm

 

What’s waiting for you out there when you leave high school?  Langa High seniors are pessimistic that, with rampant unemployment and racism in the work place, the chances of their finding a job is not good. If a black and a white, with the same qualifications, apply for a job, these students are sure that the white will get it. Are things changing and if not, what can they do about it?

 

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Obstacles to Tertiary Education

Season 4 Episode 2

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 6:45pm

High school students talk about the obstacles they face when it comes to planning their careers; specifically the challenges they face at home, the difficulty in getting bursaries to go to university and the challenges they face once they are there.

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Thokozani Brothers Choir

Season 4 Episode 1

 

In the heart of Khayelitsha Mhla had a vision: How to change the thinking of the youth from ” I can’t” to ” I can ” From this epiphany came the Thokozani Brothers Choir.

The young singers all come from the local neighborhood, and within two years they have become famous, touring all over South Africa, winning prizes and going on two overseas tours of Europe. But Mhla didn’t stop there: collaborating with his wife Sisi they hold group discussions in which they youth unburden themselves of  the problems they face in the family, school and on the street.

Things they can’t discuss with their parents or teachers.

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