Cinema makes beautiful news

2017-05-18 06:02
Buhle Sithela

Buhle Sithela

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Khayelitsha’s Buhle Sithela was recently featured on Beautiful News for his vision to bring films and documentaries to his community.

Sithela,23, from Harare, has bee recognised by the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy for his entrepreneurial spirit and motivation to screen movies in ‘eKasi’ using solar power.

Prior to starting his socially-conscious enterprise, he founded the Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project as part of an assignment for his studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

He used the income from the bin clean-up operation to pay for his studies, until the funds dried up and he had to drop out of school.

However, not content with being complacent, Sithela applied for an internship with Sunshine Cinema to host film screening events in his Kasi.

It was here that he developed a passion for film-making and cinema and this inspired him to bring motion pictures to Khayelitsha. This also gave Sunshine Cinema the opportunity to develop a solar panel powered screening device that could be used to project film through a light box. His video has clocked over 340,000 views since its release on 16 March 2017.

As a young person who was denied a conventional education, Sithela understands the need for South Africans to get creative about their future.

He says his motivation is to educate through entertainment and he believes that cinema provides a world of learning resources.

Sithela said: “I’ve always wanted to screen films and thought it would be a good thing to do(so) in my community, especially since there are no cinemas in Khayelitsha.

Cinema can educate by sharing content that celebrates local heroes in the communities most affected by their stories.”

Adrian Steirn, a photographer and filmmaker, is the founder of Beautiful News.

He said: “Digital platforms and multimedia content have liberated our ability to communicate and for people to access and share their stories.

Beautiful News is reflecting the actions and endeavours of ordinary citizens, allowing the public to access and reflect on the goodness of the communities and the people around us in our country.

Sunshine Cinema is onto this idea, and continues to equip people like Sithela to touch their communities through the medium.

Stern said a famous car manufacturer’s commitment to continually showcase the best that South Africa has to offer, has made it possible for this project to become a reality and share the greater good of the South African people with the public.

In the future, Beautiful News will continue releasing one short film per day at 4.14pm, unearthing stories across the country and capturing the diverse set of voices and uniqueness of South Africa.

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