Monthly Archives: July 2020

Media Release: Cape Cultural Collective facilitates music for short film set to premiere in the United States next month

Musicians working under the banner of the Cape Cultural Collective have provided the music for a short fiction film set in District 6 during the forced removals. The film premieres in the United States next month.

The film includes original music composed by Mansoor Jaffer, Wayne Barthies and Mark Jannecke. The three guitarists as well as percussionist Bradley Lodewyk and banjo player Shuaib Morris made up the team that went into Eastern Acoustics Penny Lane Studios to have the music recorded. This initiative represented a new area of endeavour for the CCC.

The Divergence Film Foundation non-profit company and Green Leaf Films (Pty) Ltd announced late last week that the World Premier of ADDRESS UNKNOWN will take place at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia on 21 August 2020.

A few days later the news came through that the film will also feature at the 41st Durban International Film Festival in September.

The 24-minute film centres on a postman in District Six who faces the daily trauma of setting out to deliver letters and finds many of the intended recipients no longer living there. Against the backdrop of the 1976 rebellion, he sets off to Bonteheuwel in search of his childhood friend.

Nadine Angel Cloete (Action Kommandant) directed the film, which stars Stefan Erasmus (Trackers), Irshaad Ally (Nommer 37) and Bianca Flanders (The Riviera). Anton Fisher, a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist who was exiled in the eighties, wrote the script. Respected author Rehana Rossouw is an executive producer and Dominique Jossie the co-producer.

The announcement came just a week after the CCCs work was shared on a global anti-racism rally on 10 July 2020 that included people from the UK, Palestine, South Africa and the United States.

We are thrilled at this latest development, said Zenariah Barends, chairperson of the CCC Board. Covid 19 has disrupted our operation, but new opportunities are opening up and we are now sharing our work with audiences in other parts of the country and beyond.

Board member Ncebakazi Mnukwana said the project was a first for the CCC. With the music for the film, we have now expanded to another area of creativity, she said. It adds to the range of programmes we have done successfully over the years including choral music, community cultural concerts, human rights projects and theatre productions.

The film was produced in association with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). If you want to view the film via the BlackStar festival on 21 August, please visit http://www.blackstarfest.org or the Durban International Film Festival at http://ccadiff.ukzn.ac.za

The CCC is a growing arts and culture movement that brings communities together and promotes personal and collective development through the Arts.

Issued by the Cape Cultural Collective
For more information, contact: Elizabeth Schutter on 084 616 2687 or Kay Jaffer on 082 202 3131 or email capeculturalcollective@gmail.com
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Makan Makan Tidur!!

Makan Makan Tidur….translation EAT,EAT, SLEEP!!

Another month has passed; time really flies when you are having fun. My schedule here in Kendari has been really hectic, I am writing this post from my 5th host families home as I move every two weeks to a different congregation within the Church of Gepsultra.

I am also currently teaching English to grades 4 – 6 after teaching grades 10 – 12 for the past three weeks, this was a real challenge but by using my intuitive and language skills, mixing Bahasa Indonesia with Bahasa English we had fun and I enjoyed the experience. Being thrown out of your comfort zone really does pose it’s challenges but it also allows for growth and gaining new skills if you are open to change, some real valuable lessons are being learnt.

But this post is actually about food so let’s dig in…..

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After two months in Kendari, Indonesia I feel like I have been here longer it is starting to feel like home, besides the loving people there is also the food which I have come to enjoy. At first it was a bit overwhelming to have a huge breakfast with no cereal and not knowing the difference between breakfast, lunch and supper as all meals are the same as what I would have for dinner back home in South Africa.

A typical breakfast consists of rice, pork or fish and vegetables but because I am staying with different host families I get to experience the difference in cultures and have seen some differences but many similarities in food preparation.

My favorite food is the chicken, the pork and Coto Makassar (beef stew)…I also tried the traditional food Sinonggi but did not like it as it was too slimy for my liking. In Kendari  dog meat is also eaten, I have not seen how it is prepared and I do not think I would like to as this is something we do not eat in South Africa  I admit that I have tried it.

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If you like your food spicy you will love the food in Kendari, everything is served with chillies even a fruit salad. My stomach has grown accustomed to this, I think this is a sign…they say a man’s heart lies in his stomach – I guess I am falling in-love with this place.

Kendari is also known for its fish as it is easily accessible from the many fisherman in the area, a favourite is Ikan Bakar which in South Africa would be a Fish braai…again this is served with chillies so be warned.

I participated in the process of pulling out cassava and helped in the preparation which was real fun as I have never done this before.

With our differences, food is the one thing that brings us together, and during the times we have eaten together we have also shared many stories and laughed together.

Just like in South Africa after we eat then we sleep the similarities are hilarious – Makan Makan TIdur… translation EAT, EAT, SLEEP.