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A Family Affair
South Africa 2005 video 52min subtitles

Dir: Beverley Ditsie

Screens together with Morris Fynn goes Native on opening night

CT:
Fri 15 / 8pm
Sun 17 / 4:15pm

JHB:
Fri 5 / 8pm  
Mon 8 / 8pm

The Makhenes are a vibrant, gifted family that generate love, energy and creativity. Led with loving tenderness by their musical father, Blondie, and understanding mother, Agnes, for the three talented and naturally extrovert Makhene daughters, Pauline, Letoya and Gontse, the world is their oyster. But when their mother dies, their close-knit, protected world crumbles. Pauline leaves for Dubai. On the cusp of a promising solo career, Letoya is ordained as a Sangoma and has to integrate her two very different worlds. Spiralling into depression, the youngest Gontse, seeks release in drugs. With care and understanding, Blondie and stepmom Pam holds them together, yet allows each to follow their individual path. This is an uplifting documentary about the emotional growth of a gifted, but mostly, cherished family.


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In Search of my Family
South Africa 2005 video 65min
Dir: Toni Strasburg

CT:
Sun 24 / 6:15pm
Sun 31 / 8:30pm

JHB:
Sun 7 / 8:15pm

Is there a genetic inclination that challenges injustice and champions the human right to dignity? If there is, it has bound, and scarred, one family through the major political upheavals of the 20th Century. Crossing time and continents, this emotionally explorative film charts the fascinating history of Hilda Bernstein’s family - husband Ruty, her father, her children - it repeats its cycle of resistance through the Bolshevik Revolution, World War II and Apartheid. Through letters and interviews, it recalls the dilemmas faced by many when engaged by political events; a dilemma that attempts to resolve the moral imperative of revolutionary change without sacrificing the emotional needs of their family. Journeying from Russia to South Africa, via England, this intimate exploration draws on the migrations and conflict of the 20th Century, to reconcile the personal wounds left by the all-consuming need to fight for a dream.


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Morris Fynn goes Native
South Africa 2005 Digital 60min
Dir: Ngaire Blankenberg

Screens together with A family Affair on opening night

CT:
Fri 15 / 8pm
Wed 27 / 6:15pm

JHB: 
Fri 5 / 8pm
Wed 10 / 8pm

Can a coloured man be a Zulu chief? Before Apartheid and from the time of Shaka, the Fynns ruled with a steady hand over a community in KwaZulu Natal. Garbed in the skins of the chieftaincy, their direct descendent, Morris, is determined to right the wrongs of the Group Areas Act and restore his family’s name, land and power. Many are sympathetic to Morris’ cause, but the fight is a complex one. He must fulfill three conditions of a government commission, and overcome the reticence of his family, the indifference of the community and arrogance of the current chief, who believes that Morris is a joke. With touching tenacity, Morris’ battles the system and the people’s perceptions and challenges us to wonder whether the black and white attitude of Apartheid colours our perceptions today.


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