In the shadow of Table Mountain

In the shadow of Table Mountain

           In the shadow of Table Mountain
               Genre: Documentary
               Poverty, Apartheid, South Africa, Township, Cape Town
  If these days and the weeks to draw the eyes of the world to South Africa, we are hopefully off to experience the green lawn, as this country closer together during the World Cup and presents itself as a true rainbow nation with a future, the burden of Past experience has shaken off. The presence at any rate is also 16 years after the end of apartheid, remains somber for most of the population, such as clothes and Alexander Daniela Michel show in her documentary In the shadow of Table Mountain – When the Mountain meets its Shadow. Their film shows the realities of the country and reveals how the historical injustice also limited by the football World Cup continues almost seamlessly – only the signs have shifted: “Before, it was only for whites’, today it is only for rich, ‘”says one of the protagonists of the film. What manifested during apartheid, the racist regime of inequality and injustice, is now done at the “blessings” of the privatization of housing and basic services. The end of segregation has not eliminated the slums – to the contrary. But who thinks that this injustice would make people despondent looks, just by the examples shown here are wrong. The filmmakers accompany including Ashraf and Mne of the Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC), the draw at night through the streets to remove the water closures in the townships and in and the other undesirable residents somewhat to allow for normal life. They are like many other poor South Africans at risk of eviction – and mainly because their houses and neighborhoods in the vicinity of the airport and on the edge of the traffic of tourists in particular are N2 Highway. So much visible poverty could be reflected on the general mood of celebration and euphoria – and that would be part of the state prevent you. The difficulties of the present are still the memories added to the events in the troubled past, from the Ashraf and Mne tell and they get rid of probably never: These are the many deaths in the riots and rebels in the seventies, where they had to witness how the police and military did not even shrink from the shootings of children. But the injustice that the two learned came not only from the state institutions, but certainly its own by the people: who was suspected for state torture by members of the ANC, an “informer” of the apartheid regime to have been alive in body burned using automobile tires – another dark chapter in the history of the country, which today is preferred over the mantle of silence covered. In addition to the two members of the grassroots movement AEC, the film also shows the struggle against the South Africans further cemented the status quo of a society collide in the extreme poverty of many and the extreme wealth less hard. How about when Zoliswa who himself lives in a shabby corrugated iron hut and in their work as a maid in a wealthy, predominantly white residential “gated community” every day at first hand experiences, as it is, if you are not in the privileged land heard. If you think all this is very far away and somehow “typical African”, it should not be too sure. Finally, here in the yawning gap between rich and poor is widening. In terms of creative resistance and courage, we can certainly learn some of the admirable people who come in the film to speak. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: In the shadow of Table Mountain Original Title: When the Mountain meets its Shadow Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 75 (Min.) Distribution: Dokwerk

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