Sunday, July 20, 2014

Film Review - My Hood

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

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