Film festival to hit Flats

2015-07-23 06:00
Emile YX? (centre) with Mixed Mense who will be performing at some of the film festival screenings.

Emile YX? (centre) with Mixed Mense who will be performing at some of the film festival screenings.

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The first annual Cape Flats Film Festival and Self-Worth Talk, which starts later this month, aims to challenge the historically created and presently sustained stereotype of the Cape Flats.

The festival is the brain child of Emile Jansen, better known as Emile YX? of the Black Noise Hip Hop Group and Heal The Hood Project, and forms part of the Cape Flats Uprising initiative.

“The Cape Flats has been stereo-typed as a gang and drug-ridden community, while the majority of the people living in this community are good people,” Emile says.

“We have noticed that many young people internalize the stereotype created by bias media that perpetuates this image from Apartheids racist years.”

The festival will begin unofficially on Monday 27 July with the screening of the the Afrikaaps documentary at schools and community centres.

The film will be screened at different venues every day until Monday 10 August.

The actual film festival will run from Sunday 16 until Sunday 23 August.

It will include full-length and short documentaries as well as workshops, Qandamp;As and talks.

This year’s festival will also include a Cape Flats Best Music Video Award, with the winner being decided by the community.

Emile hopes to expand the awards in the future to include a script writing competitions and innovative dance crew and individual video awards.

He also hopes to run a summer edition of the festival in December.


Visit the Cape Flats Film Festival Facebook group for more information about the festival and program

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