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The post-apartheid film space has opened up the possibility of varied and inclusive depictions of a broad range of female identities. However, concerns have been raised that the depiction of women in South African films often remains ‘one dimensional’ and stereotypical, with female characters who are rarely portrayed outside of conventional gender roles and often denied agency. That these issues still exist in an era of assumed openness of ideas and representations is a source of debate and discussion for filmmakers and audiences alike. As a means of contributing to these debates, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education is hosting a two-day workshop that will include contributions of female filmmakers. In addition to the debate above, the workshop will probe the following questions:

How are women’s identities depicted in post-apartheid South African film?
  • Are they represented solely as static and stereotypical? Do they reinforce or challenge conventional understandings of femininity/womanhood?
  • Are there alternative depictions of women that might engage with identity as fluid and imagine women in new ways?
  • How are gender and sexual identities connected to race and culture? How are these shaped by history and the environment and to what extent are these aspects explored in contemporary SA film?
  • Who has access to the post-apartheid film industry and how does this shape the stories we see on screen?

04 August 2017

15:00 – 15:30
Tea and welcome

15:30 – 16:00
Outline and Introduction of the programme

16:00 – 17:00
Documentary shorts

Mamajara (2016) Joyce Nkgapele 12min
Oswenka (2015) Nondumiso Buthelezi 16min
Mixed Space (2016) Zara Julius 24min

17:00 – 18:00
Post-film viewing discussion with filmmakers

18:00 – 18:45

18:45 – 20:00
Participatory video exercise with guidance from filmmakers, participants use own cellphones/cameras to film short 1-3 minute self-narratives

20:00 – 22:00
Film viewing and Q&A

Strike a Rock (2017) Aliki Saragas 87min

05 August 2017

09:00 – 09:30
Tea and welcome

09:30 – 11:00

Panel: Voice, being and freedom
Filmmakers discuss their creative processes, the importance of support and growth for young, black female filmmakers as well as the importance of a “hands on” involvement through every aspect of film production

11:00 – 11:15
Tea Break

11:15 – 13:45
Film viewing and Q&A

Love the One You Love (2014) Jenna Bass 80min

13:45 – 14:30

14:30 – 16:30
Film viewing and Q&A

My Brother’s Keeper (2014) Kgatlhiso Sephiri 23min
Into Us and Ours (2016) Jessie Zinn 15min
Mmino wa Modimo (2016) Nozipho Nkelemba 24min

Kindly RSVP

by Monday 31st July 2017 to Wadi Dyani,
021 685 3516/8


Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education
69 Main Road/1 Batten Lane
Mowbray, Cape Town
(close to Forest Hill and opposite the Viljoenhof CPUT residences)


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Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education · 67 Main Road · Mowbray · Cape Town, Western Cape 7705 · South Africa