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Waar die Wind Ophou Waai
Feature film produced by Dutch Mountain Film.
Logline: Olive accepts life as it is. But once her drug-infested home turns violent, the family leave to wander the streets only to discover that what they had, they should have kept.
Elisabeth Eybers, Afrikaans Poet
We have unique footage of Elisabeth Eybers in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, the documentary is on the shelf. We welcome any form of support.
Swan Lake Slums
Against the backdrop of a harsh reality, 5 teenagers – from the first generation of ‘born frees’ in a post-apartheid South Africa, dream of a better future through music and dance. Now 7 years on they are young adults and question Mandela’s promises.
In 2008 Dutch based, South African filmmaker, Saskia Vredeveld filmed five children with an extraordinary drive to escape everyday life in Cape Town’s slums through music and dance. Every one of them cherished basically the same dream, the dream of having a voice and an identity of their own.
Swan Lake Slums is a character driven ‘coming of age’ film, exploring the lives of five youngsters over several years. Their lives are a metaphor for the story of South Africa’s transition to democracy. They inherited a country still burdened with inequality and violence and now have to face up to the challenges, problems and responsibilities of adult life. Can they still afford to dream and what expectations do they have of the future?
Swan Lake Slums will be a mixture of observational documentary and choreographed, dreamlike sequences; a black ballerina in a white tutu dancing gracefully between the shacks in the township. Underneath it all, however, are images and sequences showing the harsh reality of how our characters try and make a life for themselves in the townships of the Western Cape.
A Co-Production between: Saskia Vredeveld (Peacefield Films) and Marc Schwinges (South African Co-Producer) Underdog Productions