Friday, May 30, 2008
"Things are bad at Soetwater Camp and I am trying to get permission for filming there – 3,000 people right on the sea front who are getting very angry as their wet blankets cannot get dried as well as many other issues. Going there tomorrow to assess the situation."
More about filmmaker XOLISWA SITHOLE:
" I grew up in Zim from age 3 until I was 20 years old, and boy oh boy did the Zimbawean people take in my family. As a result, I am very much a Zimbawean."
Xoliswa has been trying to tell the story of a community that protected 3 women from attack. However, there have been problems:
" I am in shit, the woman from Zim whose child died ( 4 months due to exposure last week) they have now refused to be filmed and I met a woman who was raped as well and now she does not want to do this!!!!!! I am going mad, I was to start filming tomorrow."
Thursday, May 29, 2008
In particular, the trust will focus on the creation of feature films and documentaries relating to human rights issues as well as film festivals relating to human rights issues.
The trust will assist in the education, training and development of suitable previously disadvantaged individuals desirous of working in the film media industry.
Joan Legalamitwa is a festival director in the North West Province and she was previously a Director of Encounters Documentary Film Festival.
Terry Bell is senior political journalist who writes on Africa for numerous publications.
Helen Fernand is a Human Rights Lawyer based in Cape Town.
Rehad Desai is a film producer and director and has extensive experience in the industry. He is the chairperson of the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).
Zivia Desai Keiper works in the film industry as a producer and festival director.
Michael Dixon is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and Administrator of Estates.
HEAL OUR LAND PEACE MARCH & RALLY
The Community Policing Forum (CPF) of Alexandra, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), Alex Religious Leaders, Concerned Alexandra Residents Forum joined by many other peace-loving South Africans, have been granted permission to hold a Peace March and Peace Rally in Alexandra on the last day of Africa Month, namely Saturday 31st May 2008.
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Routes and Times:
09h00 - Peace March leaves Alex Police Station
69 - 15th Avenue, Alexandra
10h30 - Peace March arrives at Wynberg Magistrate's Court
2nd Street, Wynberg off Arkwright Avenue, to hand over PEACE PROMOTING MEMORANDUM
11h30 -Peace march leaves the Court en route to the Alexandra Stadium down Rooseveld Street
12h30 - Peace March reaches Alex Stadium
12h45 - 14h30 Programme: PEACE MESSAGES FROM INVITED SPEAKERS
PLEASE WEAR WHITE, AS MUCH WHITE AS POSSIBLE, BRING WHITE BANNERS AND FLAGS, BANNERS WITH PEACE PROMOTING MESSAGES. HELP ALEX HEAL - HELP HEAL OUR LAND.
Information issued by convenors: Community Policing Forum-Alex: Thomas Sithole: 082 459 3306
Concerned Alex Residents Forum: Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa: 082 566 6303
African Diaspora Forum: Marc Gbaffou: 083 514 7367 Rayban Sengwayo: 071 430 3729
There will be safe and secure parking at the Police Station and Stadium
Water and ablution facilities will be available at the Stadium
Alexandra Safety Ambassadors, Marshals, Metro Police and SAPS will be out in full force to assist marchers.
SEE YOU ON SATURDAY, 31 MAY 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Displaced on Africa Day
TAC calls on the UN
On May 22nd 2008, some 400 Mozambicans boarded buses that would take them to Park Station where they would catch trains to return home. Their stories presented disturbing accounts of persecution and fear. Some were literally leaving South Africa with the shirts on their backs. What emerged were promises to return to this country for lack of work prospects elsewhere, while others spoke of a desire to avenge what had happened. These pictures were taken at the refugee camp in Primrose, east of Johannesburg.