When I returned to the Eastern Cape to launch The Film and Music Office, I realised the need for our generation living in the forgotten municipalities to have their voices heard. There is also a sense of despondency and hopelessness in our community because of unemployment and access to proper higher education. The creative/art industry continued to be the echoing voice that proved to be the saving grace for us in these times. Things in South Africa are not black and white anymore and art is the platform to clarify and decode some of these external and internal elements we face as young people. I wanted to profile artists who wanted to say something to this effect. Some say we will never have the spirit that the youth of 1976 had. I believe this is wrong, the dreams and the fire that was aborted that day on June 16 lives in all of us. We just need to access it. I find that there is force in me that pushes me to be better and to serve my community. I don’t believe I will win my battles on the street marching. My weapon of choice is different. Everyone must choose and pick one. So I chose Visual Arts, Music, Performance Art and Fashion to demonstrate these different forms of expressing one’s self.
Youth Culture Series 2017 | SABC 1
The series will identify young people that have decided to insert themselves in the discourse on transformation in all spheres of life. Standing on the sidelines and just commenting on Facebook is not enough for these young mavericks. Through their voice, their journey in the film will reveal a cascade of information that is not represented in the public domain. Through their life experiences South African audiences will have the opportunity to put a face to the issues that are treading on our social network timelines.
BFFF Women’s Day 2017
Ndi Vumeni – SABC1 10PM 22 DEC
(Ndi Vumeni Faniswa Official Selection and 2nd Audience award at Encounters, Also official Selection at Black Star Film Festival) When the clock hits 5pm in Cape Town black people are seen rushing for trains and taxi and the city is quiet their presence is gone. Even after 1994 the born-free generation are still disconnected to the city and choose to remain in the townships of Cape Town, because the city is not welcoming.
Ndi Vumeni – Monday’s 10PM SABC1 December ’14
(Ndi Vumeni Cama Gwini) The exodus of young people in search of record label deals in Johannesburg is no longer a viable decision to make, with the internet and online platforms young artist should build an audience in the home towns and be discovered where they are.
Ndi Vumeni SABC1 29 DEC 10PM
(Why is art not part of the school education curriculum in black schools, art is an important part of life and Mkhonto will show you why)
Ndi Vumeni SABC1 Smarteeze
(the rise of black identity means the rise of black business meet trio of fashion designers whose mission is to win the heart of young fashion consumers who could be potential clients.