Item - AFRICA SHAFTED: UNDER ONE ROOF

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AFRICA SHAFTED: UNDER ONE ROOF

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55 mins
DVD (2012 release)

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Director: Ingrid Martens: South Africa, 2011
Producer: Ingrid Martens for I’M Original Productions
A documentary filmed in Africa’s tallest residential building, Ponte Towers, (8 lifts, 400 flats) located in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, which housed 4,400 people, from all over Africa. When, at the beginning of 2008, the residents were given notice to vacate the building for renovations, they were forced to move into the nearby townships. Here, they became victims of the xenophobic violence that broke out in South Africa in May 2008. The documentary gives an honest glimpse of the tragic reality of xenophobia through the eyes of people from every corner of Africa living under one roof. It also conveys a powerful message that through dialogue and understanding (intercultural communication), respect starts to take root. 2012 jury winner for Most Original Treatment, Cinema Planeta Film Festival, Mexico.

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