Signs of our Times: Short films go big on TV

2010-04-16 11:20
Short films on SABC 2

Sunday 18 April at 21h00 will be your last chance to experience the IKON series showcase. Each episode features four short films. Here is the last lineup and essential info on the filmmakers.

Unfinished Business by Lukhanyo Calata

"Justice continues to evade us still"

Lukhanyo Calata is the son of Fort Calata, a political activist and teacher from Cradock in the Eastern Cape. Calata, along with three friends and comrades, Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, were brutally killed by PW Botha's apartheid government on June 27 1985 just outside Port Elizabeth where they had attended a briefing of the United Democratic Front (UDF). The four men subsequently became known as the Cradock 4. In this film, Lukhanyo, who has worked as a broadcast journalist (both television and radio) for several years and has now turned filmmaker seeks the permission and support of his mother Nomonde and that of the other widows and families in his quest to seek justice for his father's life, 25 years after their brutal murders which forever changed the face of South Africa's struggle for liberation.

The Wheels of The Bus by Tongai Furusa
"To let the world meet the ordinary Zimbabwean and witness their spirit to survive"

Based in Zimbabwe and South Africa, this story is about the buses that travel through Beit bridge to Johannesburg and back. These are no ordinary luxury transport vehicles; they are dilapidated risky pieces of metal. Their owner’s once proud successful businessmen now send them out on this gruesome journey, as the demand for transport is high.  Tongai Furusa has an honours Degree in film and television from AFDA. He has worked in the industry as an editor with numerous successful directors on documentaries, feature films and mini series. Tongai also directed a short film in Zimbabwe called Chipo’s Promise which played at the African Diaspora New York Film Festival. He is passionate about film making and telling African stories.

Intersection by Marli Beukes
"One individual’s courage and humanity in surviving trauma and loss"

Marli Beukes, a practicing clinical psychologist, brings the story  of one individual’s courage and humanity in surviving trauma and loss. Louiza Calore was happy, functional and settled with her photographer husband and their beautiful son. All of this changed in an instant as a horrific car accident claimed Marco, injured Luca and left Louiza widowed and traumatised. This is the story of her struggle through anger and dark depression as she searches for answers. For Marli, working with peoples life stories daily and witnessing the strength of the human spirit naturally transitioned to documentary filmmaking. She is currently doing a Master in The Fine Arts degree at AFDA Cape Town while still in full time practice.

Circles by Terry Westby-Nunn
"confronting cyclical monotony of city life"

This is a visual poem that seeks to confront the cyclical monotony of city living. Terry Westby-Nunn has been directing, filming, editing, scripting, writing, keeping warm, walking up mountains and sleeping for 15 years.  She’s made documentaries, commercials, short films, music videos, written a novel, magazine articles and has scribbled the very odd poem here and way-out-there.
Catch these compelling short films on SABC 2 on Sunday 18 April at 21h00. 

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