Africa in Motion film showcase: Power to the People!

Power (noun): The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.

During this session of documentary screenings we will explore both literal and figurative notions of power in Ghana and South Africa. This will include getting power to the people through electricity, different forms of activism, spoken word, music and dance. 

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Uprize!  

Sifiso Khanyile | South Africa 2017 | 58m | 15

The Soweto uprising of 1976 is well documented: students peacefully protested the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall over 200 lay dead.

The less well-documented 76 protest actions by activists in Bonteheuwel, Langa and the Cape Flats, and accompanying student deaths, are the heart of this documentary.

Personal reflections of struggle stalwarts Fatima Dike, Dr Mongane Wally Serote and Duma Ndlovu consider the state’s brutal response, the influence of the Black Consciousness Movement and people’s disappointment with the current state of the nation. It’s a glimpse into 1970s South Africa and the cost of the fight for education and freedom, which is especially relevant 40 years later as university students take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.

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Accra Power  

Sandra Krampelhuber | Ghana/Austria 2016 | 49m | 15

Over the last few years Ghana’s power crisis has increased with irregular and inadequate electricity supply. Through this film the director draws inspiration from this lack of power (electricity) to explore different notions of power across the city of Accra.

Featuring young Ghanaian artists Poetra Asantewa, Wanlov The Kubolor, DJ Steloo and others, it looks at power through art, dance, spoken word and more.

Through their stories the film explores how creative energy lights up the city, showing that life doesn’t stop when the power is out.