CCS Seminar: Participatory video as a tool for social transformation – five short pieces by Thamsanqa and Hylton
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Centre for Civil Society Video Screening: Participatory video as a tool for social transformation – five short pieces
Video Makers: Thamsanqa Mthembu and Hylton Alcock
Date: Thursday 4 July, 2013
Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College
These five short pieces employ the method of participatory video promoting the community voice. The videos highlight conflict between communities and exploitative activities of multi-nationals, local municipalities and ruthless business practises The videos are supported by the Centre for Civil Society Environmental Justice Organisation Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project.
1. The Salon Boss – A true account of living with HIV/AIDS told in the first person, set in Inanda township.
2. Mwamboa Coastal Community Network – A journey to Tanzania to facilitate the setting up of the fishing peoples network.
3. Plundering Paradise – The story of a town fighting a large multi-national company about to devastate a pristine environment on the South African coastline using destructive methods of dune mining.
4. Dirty Water – A video made in 48 hours by children and their parents to voice concerns about drinking foul water and often becoming sick. This video was presented to the Nongoma Mayor and municipality.
5. Land Oppression by Big Sugar – A video exposing the on-going lawless and oppressive behaviour of sugar cane growers in Tea Estate.
Thamsanqa Mthembu is an activist from Tea Estate who is part of a collective called Bambumlilo. The collective uses participatory video to highlight the issues faced by local communities in their search for service delivery and environmental justice. Thamsanqa has succeeded in bringing water to his community, by highlighting the lack of this basic right, using video to embarrass local government into action. He has also made a number of cultural videos dealing with contemporary struggles within local communities.
Hylton Alcock is an activist also part of Bambumlilo. Hylton has a history of struggle, being involved in the two liberation wars, firstly in support of SWAPO and secondly as a propagandist for five years in the ANC Department of Information and Publicity. On his return to South Africa he has been part of a food security programme promoting organic growing and a video maker highlighting community issues, both in townships and rural areas