The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport congratulates those from the Western Cape who emerged as winners at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) over the past weekend.
Local poet, writer and performer, Siphokazi Jonas, received top honours for her work in the category of Best Short Film. Jonas wrote the original screenplay for #WeAreDyingHere, which was awarded as the top film in this category. The film was executive produced by the Siya and Rachel Kholisi Foundation and will be available for viewing on local platform Showmax from 5 September (today).
The TV drama Suidooster, which is set and filmed in Cape Town, won in the category Best TV Soap. Director Amy Jephta, who hails from Mitchell’s Plain, walked away with the honours in the category Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film for her film Barakat.
Minister Anroux Marais said: “We are very proud of the achievements of our local artists. They have shown that their work is making an impact not only in South Africa, but across the world. They are true ambassadors for the Western Cape and we celebrate them as local role-models.”
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Cape Town, Monday, 5 September 2022 – After a successful festival run across the USA, South Africa, Germany, and Australia, the highly acclaimed short film #WeAreDyingHeretook home the coveted Golden Horn at this year’s SAFTA’s, claiming top honours in the Best Short Film category.
“History is being made in this collaboration between poetry, stage and film, and the SAFTA win is a sign that the world is ready for a film of this nature,” said Director Shane Vermooten.
In her acceptance speech, Siphokazi Jonas acknowledged, “The team of collaborators who took the risk of adapting the initial stage play to film, including Zimbini Makwetu, Hope Netshivhambe, Shane and Bianca Vermooten, the Kolisi Foundation, Rachel and Siya Kolisi, and everyone who helped bring this story to life.”
The SAFTA-winning short film is now available on Showmax.
#WeAreDyingHere is an intimate reflection on the impact of violence, harassment, abuse, rape and femicide on everyday life. It chronicles the journey of three soldiers forced to survive a war they did not choose. In a war against women’s bodies, they attempt to find solace by telling their stories under the constant watch of a relentless enemy. It is a necessary poetic insight into the experience of living in South Africa, where names of missing or murdered women frequently trend.
Shane reflected in his speech, “It is my hope that this film will speak to men and that they will step up and take their place against the issue of gender-based violence.”
#WeAreDyingHere is produced by Bianca Vermooten from Optical Films, Siphokazi Jonas from Wrestling Dawn Arts and Executive Producers Siya Kolisi, Rachel Kolisi, the Kolisi Foundation and is directed by Shane Vermooten.
The producing team would like to acknowledge all the reluctant soldiers in this war we did not choose. We will not stop fighting!
Cape Town, Wednesday 31 August 2022 – After a successful festival run across the USA, South Africa, Germany, and Australia, the award-winning short film #WeAreDyingHerescreened on Monday, 29 August, at The Labia Theatre in the Cape Town. The screening kicked-off the week before the much-anticipated lead up to the SAFTAs*, wherein the film has a Best Short Film nomination.
The cast attended and hosted a Q&A session after the screening. The night was concluded with a special announcement that #WeAreDyingHere will be released and available for streaming on Showmax from Monday, 5 September 2022.*
Producer, Siphokazi Jonas stated, “We have witnessed the incredible power and impact of this film on audiences around the world, and we are excited for a wider South African audience to see it on Showmax, and for these necessary dialogues to continue in our audience’s homes.”
#WeAreDyingHere is an intimate reflection on the impact of violence, harassment, abuse, rape and femicide on everyday life. It chronicles the journey of three soldiers forced to survive a war they did not choose. In a war against women’s bodies, they attempt to find solace by telling their stories under the constant watch of a relentless enemy.
While the film never depicts violence, these soldiers’ psychological and emotional trauma is evident, even as they fight to make themselves heard. It is a necessary poetic insight into the experience of living in South Africa, where names of missing or murdered women frequently trend.
Director, Shane Vermooten reflected “History is being made in this collaboration between poetry, stage, and film, and the SAFTA-nomination is a sign that the world is ready for a film of this nature.”
#WeAreDyingHere is produced by Bianca Vermooten and Shane Vermooten from Optical Films, Siphokazi Jonas from Wrestling Dawn Arts, and Executive Producers Siya Kolisi, Rachel Kolisi, and the Kolisi Foundation.
The Playhouse Company, celebrates its annual SA Women’s Arts Festival in Durban’s Playhouse complex between 2 and 13 August 2022. Featuring a stellar roster of cultural icons, this lynchpin event on our county’s Women’s Month calendar has long been one of the flagships of the Company’s yearly Arts Plan.
“Over the years, our role in underlining the great value women bring to bear on all aspects of South Africa’s national life has become one which we cherish with pride,” says Lynda Bukhosini, Playhouse Company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director. “This year, we have once again curated a programme for our SA Women’s Arts Festival audiences that highlights the gravitas, creativity and joy our women contribute to the well-being of our Society, not least through their wide-ranging impact on South Africa’s cultural landscape.”
The SA Women’s Arts Festival will see an enticing series of events and productions being presented in venues across The Playhouse complex. Headlining the Festival roster are three productions running in The Drama Theatre. These comprise a cutting-edge Dance programme of historic identity exploration, an A-list Gala Concert of Music and Song, and a dazzling evening of high-end Comedy.
Women in Concert, the Festival’s glitzy Gala event, takes place in the Drama Theatre on Friday 12 August at 18:00. Directed by Ralph Lawson, this will feature a powerhouse line-up of leading artists, including Ami Faku, Xolile Mncwango, Berry Trytsman, and Xolisa Dlamini with Poetry by Siphokazi Jonas. MC is Stacey Norman Tickets are R100 per person book via webtickets
Also in the Drama Theatre, All Women Comedy on Saturday 13 August at 14:30, adds a lighter note to the Women’s Arts Festival mix. Sharing the spotlight are KZN’s premier female comics, Jailoshini Naidoo, Lisa Bobbert and Annie Botha. Expect a rollercoaster ride of side splitting fun and laughter. Tickets are R120 per person.
Adding to the attractions of these mainstage events are a line-up of stimulating socio active discussion sessions, as well as a number of free contemporary programmes of music, song and dance.
Finally, two engagingly curated exhibitions will be held in the Main Foyer areas throughout the festival. Nguni Shades themed “My African Dream” celebrates black consciousness, the spirit of Ubuntu and showcases our elegant African fashion. Nguni Shades will profile learners to showcase pieces of their fine African elegance couture that represents Africanism.
Arts and Crafts Exhibition gives a platform to Hlengiwe Dube, specialist author of the culture and language Zulu Beadwork. Ms Dube has been involved in many development projects locally and internationally, passing her skills in beadwork and also in telephone wire weaving.
All Playhouse Company bookings are through Webtickets.
Dirt Under Our Fingernails was produced by Andile Masuku, Siphokazi Jonas, & Brendan “Spike” Ballantine for the Regional Network Gathering for BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.
What does it mean to be connected to the land we live on? Responsible Leaders Andile Masuku and Siphokazi Jonas produced an audio experience connecting Responsible Leaders across the African continent. In it, they discuss the art and science of eating soil, self-translation, collaboration, and reflect on the power of storytelling to nurture community.