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Commemorate Youth Day:  AfriDocs on BET

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2017

Commemorate Youth Day with a powerful film that looks back 40 years at the 1976 Soweto uprising in light of the recent university student uprisings and the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked South African campuses.  UPRIZE! is an extremely relevant take on the continuing struggle for education that is still being led by South African students.

 

Director Sifiso Khanyile explains further, “It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight for education and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as university students take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.”

 

AfriDocs also tackles the on-going struggle for housing that is also being led by the next generation with the film Dear Mandela, the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks, ’considered the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. The film brings us into the everyday lives of three dynamic leaders of the movement.

 

AfriDocs also journeys to the USA this month for a music-drenched chronicle of hip-hop, urban culture and fashion. Fresh Dressed is the story of hip-hop fashion that has transformed the style of young people the world over. The film is a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas, and others.

 

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday 9:00/ 21:00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStvchannel 129. For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

To watch the June trailer:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82a6I9kmXXci1RZfBP-1Fbhpqm9aevYJ

 

15 June

UPRIZE! | Sifiso Khanyile | South Africa | 2016 | 58 min

On the morning of 16 June 1976, a group of school children in Soweto gathered peacefully to protest the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall over 200 of them lay dead, mowed down by Apartheid armed forces. Forty years later, this film looks at the world that made these kids, and how in the especially relevant forty years later as university students once again take to the streets to fight the post-apartheid government on the issue of free quality education.

New York African Film Festival, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU4mNMiCYTc

 

22 June

Dear Mandela | DaraKell & Christopher Nizza | South Africa | 2011 | 93 min

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘younglions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take theirgovernment to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracyto the test.

Best South African Documentary, Durban InternationalFilm Festival, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8qnp8KWwU&t=1s

http://www.dearmandela.com/?q=node/1

 

29 June

Fresh Dressed | SachaJenkins | USA |2015 | 82 min

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, andthe hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets fromOrchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix ofarchival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and otherindustry insiders.

Sundance Film Festival, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81oLuZBuQqg&t=1s

 

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