Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Local documentaries examine trauma of apartheid and forgotten Freedom Fighters

Two documentaries that examine apartheid afterlives through the lenses of forced removals and anti-apartheid youth protests of 1985 will be screened for the first time on 29 October 2015.

Both documentaries have been produced and directed by UCT academic Dr Siona O’Connell based at the Centre for Curating the Archive.

An Impossible Return investigates the meanings imbued in several areas of Cape Town that were subject to forced removals during apartheid. Taking a series of 40-year old photographs of Harfield Village by artist David Brown as a starting point, the documentary opens a set of questions around trauma, memory and freedom in the aftermath of oppression. Intimate documents of family life, the photographs speak of the destruction of community and the unfinished business of apartheid.

The Wynberg 7: An Intolerable Amnesia examines the role played by a group of high school students who were arrested 30 years ago and imprisoned at Pollsmoor Prison. With commentary by Mr Jimi Matthews (SABC Group Executive News and Current Affairs), Dr Iqbal Survѐ (CEO Sekunjalo Investment Group) and Mr Enver Daniels (Chief State Law Advisor), the documentary draws attention to those whose contributions to democracy and freedom in South Africa have been largely forgotten and unrecognised.

Date: Thursday, 29t October 2015
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Venue: The Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

For media enquiries and interviews contact:

Dr Siona O’Connell 083 772 4143 / 021 4807151/3

Kind Regards,
Christine Adams
Centre for Curating the Archive

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