Focusing on herit age s tories
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.