Films re­veal jour­neys of dis­cov­ery


The School of Jour­nal­ism and Me­dia Stud­ies at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity hosts the 12th RUTV Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val next Thurs­day.

The fes­ti­val will take place in the com­fort­able au­di­to­rium of NELM (Na­tional English Lit­er­ary Mu­seum). The event pre­mieres three 20-minute doc­u­men­taries ti­tled Money from the Sea, The Eden and Eza­kithi na­masiko pro­duced by fourth-year tele­vi­sion stu­dents as the cul­mi­na­tion of their course.

Un­der the ti­tle “Quests and Ques­tion Marks” the films show­case sto­ries of young South Africans break­ing norms and stereo­types to find their place in the world. A com­mon theme among the doc­u­men­taries is that each of them takes the form of a jour­ney in which new dis­cov­er­ies are made. Be it go­ing on a jour­ney to un­cover things about one's spir­i­tual iden­tity, un­cov­er­ing the truth be­hind a par­tic­u­lar so­cial jus­tice is­sue or even em­bark­ing on a jour­ney with squid fish­er­men out in the In­dian Ocean.

Money from the Sea - Pro­duced by Ab­ner Ac­com and Daniel Tucker

We em­bark with squid fish­er­man from Port El­iz­a­beth on their first fish­ing trip of the win­ter sea­son. Faced with se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal pres­sures and only work­ing on com­mis­sion they have to catch enough squid to sup­port their fam­i­lies. Each trip is a gam­ble for their liveli­hoods. The life of a squid fish­er­man is not for the feint hearted. Ab­ner Ac­com and Daniel Tucker take us on their jour­ney

The Eden – Pro­duced by Col­lette Prince and Tess Miles

TV stu­dents Col­lette Prince and Tess Miles at­tempt to con­front a right wing Afrikaans group who are cre­at­ing a whites only en­clave called, Die Eden Pro­jek. Leader Jaqui Grad­well started his project at Wil­low­more in the Eastern Cape. Grap­pling their fears of racism, and phys­i­cal dan­ger, Col­lette and Tess find un­ex­pected truths about the leader and the project and the irony of liv­ing in a demo­cratic South Africa where racism con­tin­ues to thrive.

Eza­kithi na­masiko – Pro­duced by Catha­rina Andersen and Thingo Mthombeni

Young South Africans nav­i­gate a pre­dom­i­nantly West­ern world that does not give much room for traditional African prac­tices such as Ubun­goma.

We fol­low Thingo Mthombeni and Catha­rina Andersen to ex­am­ine the per­sonal con­tra­dic­tions and sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween West­ern and African prac­tices within their spir­i­tual lives.

7 Septem­ber, 7pm for 7.30pm


NELM (Na­tional English Lit­er­ary Mu­seum) 25 Worces­ter Street, Gra­ham­stown.


R20; avail­able at the African Me­dia Ma­trix (AMM) Prince Al­fred St, Gra­ham­stown. Con­tact Marissa van As at or 046 603 7100

For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Paddy Don­nelly at 076 916 1166

Snacks and drinks will be served.


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