Brief description of the content of the film

 

By complete withdrawal of the chronicler himself the film depicts a multiple self-portrait of Cape Town and its inhabitants across all levels of the society. Footage shot out of a driving car forms the so called background and gives us an impression of the city itself.
There are no direct questions posed nor is there any comment of the interviewer. All information we receive is brought up by the interviewed people. Whereas first the attitude of the inhabitants towards their hometown tends to be very positive, a shift occurs once they continue talking. Slowly one gets the perspective of what is going on behind the beautiful natural scenery of Cape Town. There are comments on the lack of good housing, security, social integration, unemployment, HIV/Aids and xenophobia. All items where unfortunately the government and the new democracy of South-Africa fails to keep up with their promises.

 

The film is a result of an Artist-in-Residency Program at the Greatmore Studio's in Woodstock, Cape Town. This program is sponsored by Hivos (the Netherlands), National Lottery (South-Africa) and Pro Helvetica (Switzerland). Travel costs have been sponsored by Hoogstede fonds (the Netherlands)
On location, through intensive queries, I found the right people to have an appropriate balance between the various levels of society that inhabit Cape Town.

Videography

First Public Broadcast took place on June 28, 2009 at the ‘Glazen Huis’ in Amsterdam as part of the exhibition ‘Trail of confusion’

Second screening as part of ‘Counterstatement’ Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany from June 4 till June 10, 2010