Fo­cus­ing on herit age s to­ries

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AS part of Her­itage month, eNCA will be screen­ing the doc­u­men­tary Sons of Lib­erty, at 9 pm to­mor­row night on DStv chan­nel 40 3.

Pro­duced by Xoli Moloi, Sons of Lib­erty ex­plores the lives of the twin sons of an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivists Damian de Lange and Diana Cum­berledge.

Sea­mus and Kier an de Lang e spent their child­hood with no r eal home.

They t rav­elled the c on­ti­nent, mov­ing from one fr ont­line c oun­try t o another, liv­ing mos tly in African N ational C ongress refugee set­tle­ments in Tan­za­nia and Zam­bia. For years, the twins had no re­la­tion­ship with their f ather, Damian, who was mos tly ab­sent.

While the boys were grow­ing up in refugee set­tle­ments, Damian was away fight­ing apartheid as an Umkhonto we Sizwe oper­a­tive. It w as onl y r ecently that the twins started ask­ing ques­tions about their past, p ar­tic­u­larly about their f ather.

Sons of Liber ty f ol­lows the t wo men, now in their 30s, as they go back in time, at­tempt­ing t o un­der stand who their f ather r eally w as, and w hy he w as ne ver there.

The twins are cur­rently work­ing closely with their f ather to mend their r ela­tion­ship.

Moloi, who also pr oduced Marikana: Through the Lens , was view­ing ANC ar ­ chive footage when she came across th­ese two white boys in an ANC set tle­ment in Tan­za­nia. She then went on a mis­sion to find them.

“Ini­tially, I jus t wanted t o kno w who they were and how they ended up in the camps. But I found that they were cu­ri­ous about the same thing s,” said M oloi. • Sons of Lib­erty can also be seen on Mon­day at 4 .15 pm, T ues­day at 8.15 pm, Wed­nes­day at 3 .15 pm, Septem­ber 27 at 9.15 am and Sept em­ber 28 at 2.15 pm.

Also worth watch­ing this week­end is 21 Icons South Africa, which this week fo­cuses on award­win­ning bal­le­rina, chore­og­ra­pher and model Kit ty Phetla.

In the episode, which airs to­mor­row at 8.27 pm on SABC3, Phetla talks about her jour­ney through bal­let, and how it trans­formed her fr om a chubb y nine­year­old tomboy in Soweto to the first black bal­le­rina to per­form Anna Pavlova’s fa­mous solo The Dy­ing Swan in 2012, trans­form­ing the role and mak­ing it her o wn in the process.

Phetla re­calls the da y that chor eog­ra­pher Martin Schon­berg picked her fr om a crowd of 60 hope­ful chil­dren, crammed into a hall at Or ange Gr ove P ri­mary School, all eag er to be­gin the met amor­pho­sis t o bec ome a b al­le­rina.

She w on a num­ber of int er­na­tional awards and par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions.

Then in 200 2 left t o es­tab­lish Mzansi Pro­duc­tions (no w the J oburg B al­let), where she is a prin­ci­pal dancer and chore­og­ra­pher.

Phetla also mod­els, and has a r show on R adio 2000.


— Arts Ed­i­tor.


Sea­mus de Lang e (l eft), Tl olo Mohl athe ( child­hood friend, c en­tre) and Kieran de Lang e appe ar in the doc­u­men­tary on eNC A.

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