Empowering women through song

2019-09-10 06:00
The cast, crew and masterminds behind the song, Die Deur, and its music video. PHOTO: Ruth Smith Photography

The cast, crew and masterminds behind the song, Die Deur, and its music video. PHOTO: Ruth Smith Photography

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It is no coincidence that the last Friday of Women’s month, saw the release of Uga Carlini’s latest directorial piece, a music video for actress and songster, Christia Visser, titled Die Deur (The Door).

Die Deur deals with the fall out of toxic relationships long after the abuser has left and shows how the long-lasting hold it often has, lies hidden in between the cracks it has left behind. Carlini’s company, Towerkop Creations, has been specialising in female-driven heroine stories since 2010.

Shot in black and white by cinematographer Rick Joaquim, Carlini is always more interested in the comeback than the fall. Thus, in the song, Visser fights her way through it, to reach the point where red flags are no longer warning signs but in fact, deal-breakers.

A highlight for Carlini was collaborating with Jazzart Dance Theatre, which was founded in 1973. Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance theatre companies, Jazzart’s distinguished, home-grown methodology ensures that principles of strong technique are matched by a uniquely South African philosophy of dance which reflects the diverse political, cultural and historical heritage.

Choreographed by Ananda Fuchs, the dancers symbolise how violence doesn’t discriminate. Domestic violence is still the most common killer of women around the world. The most dangerous place for women remains in their own homes.

Carlini and Visser’s previous music video collaboration, 17 shots, released in February, won bronze at the Global Music Awards and was runner up for Best Director and Best Music Video at the International Underground Music Video Film Festival. It was also selected as one of four music videos for the Los Angeles-based, New Media Film Festival which brings the world the best in new media – honouring stories worth telling of emerging and established video and new media artists throughout the world; first for an Afrikaans language music video.

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