Film - My Hood
Directors - Karin Slater, Thabo Bruno Mokoena, Asivhanzhi Mathaba, Zandile Tisani, Nadine Cloete and Riaan Hendricks.
These are six documentaries that came out of the Close Encounters Laboratory. A development from the Encounters Film Festival.
'Knox Man' directed by Asi Mathaba shows us a paroled man in Diepsloot who likes to gamble with dice, shot on the streets it gives us a close view of what township life is like.
'The Bridge' directed by Riaan Hendricks shows us the various characters that intersect on Nelson Mandela bridge. Shot from a window above almost voyeuristic like we see life from the strange to the scary.
'To Kill a Man's Pride' directed by Thabo Mokoena shows us life in a Soweto hostel. We see what it takes to live in such circumstances.
'Highlands' directed by Zandile Tisani shows us how the displaced live in Yeoville. We see a writer and also an entrepreneur and the lot they have been given. Well shot and a great ending.
'Elim' directed by Nadine Cloete shows us inside a Moravian village and the various characters that live there. We see how names mean something to these people.
'Roundabout' directed by Karin Slater gives us a glimpse into Hout Bay and a ghost story. Full of some wonderful characters, look out for the flower sellers. Well shot as it shows us both the past and present.
Rating: Worth a viewing
Review by +Fred Felton