CMT’s media production team is made up of a group of creative and production implementation experts including journalists, script writers; producers; editors and directors. CMT has the capacity to produce any media project from inception through implementation to delivery of the final product. CMT also trains young people interested in media in all aspects of the media industry and those trained here have a good track record for getting employed in the industry. Over the past 16 years CMT has produced educational television, drama, radio, print, outdoor and web based media.
Siyayinqoba (SABC 1, 2017)
In 1998 CMT developed a weekly television show, Siyayinqoba, that has worked to promote the mass understanding of HIV treatment and prevention literacy. It has been broadcast on SABC1 since 2004, on eTV before that and the latest season is being broadcast on EDTV (channel 190 on DSTV). Season 8 was voted the best educational series by SABC education in 2014.
Siyayinqoba tells the stories of real South Africans who are affected by the quadruple burden of disease (HIV/Aids, underdevelopment, chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles, and injuries), through a documentary format that promotes healthy living and disease prevention. We have traveled to both rural and urban areas telling stories from all nine provinces, and we regularly feature marginalized and vulnerable groups such as young women, children, prisoners, mobile populations (e.g. migrant and seasonal workers) and sex workers in the show. Siyayinqoba Season 9 is currently on SABC 1, every Friday at 2pm.
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Documentary / Entertainment
Counter Culture (SABC 3, 2017)
Counter Culture is an edgy and entertaining 13-part documentary series exploring mainstream society’s counter cultures. Fascinating groups of people open up about their alternative lifestyle choices. Counter cultures explored in the show range from naturists, drag queens, bodybuilders and more. We film ordinary people with extraordinary passions. Counter Culture seeks to entertain while at the same time offers an eye-opening view into different lifestyles that many people are not even aware of. Executive Producer, Lucilla Blankenberg, feels that the show will go a long way to debunking many myths and stereotypes that people have about ‘the other’. Counter Culture was broadcasted on SABC 3 on Sunday nights at 21h00 (Jul-Oct 2017).
JAB (SABC 1, 12/02/2016 – 06/05/2016)
JAB is a gritty, uplifting coming-of-age drama set in the world of competitive boxing, experienced through the eyes of a young black woman from Langa. Bee Sondlo (19) lives with her mother, Gladys, and disabled older brother, Mandla (23). A low-key loner who tries to live her life honourably despite the financial hardships of life in an area riddled with crime, drugs and gangsterism, Bee’s private dedication to boxing is her only solace.
CMT handled all stages of production, from writing the initial treatment which got us a pitch, to script writing to production and post-production. CMT was also responsible for publicity, social media and raising awareness around the issues in JAB, such as gender based violence, drug abuse and disability. JAB was shot on location over an 8 week production period, using real fighters and community members wherever possible. JAB also created opportunities for first time actors-this was the lead, Vanessa Ntlapo’s first major role, as well as a few other cast members. Writing interns were given opportunity to learn under the mentorship of veteran screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson, and many other production positions where made available for first time eager crew.
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Amaza (SABC 1, 03/02/2014 – 05/05/2014)
Amaza was broadcast in early 2014. The series was broadcast on SABC 1 with a weekly average of 6.5 million viewers during the months of February, March, April and May 2014. Episode 11 reached 7.6 million viewers and had an audience rating of 17.5. These ratings were second only to Generations.
The series was set in a street in Muizenberg, Cape Town and featured a diverse group of students who had to come to terms with the cultural and historical legacies that moulded each of them. Amaza followed the four main characters through the 13 episodes as they had to make life changing decisions and faced the challenges that life threw at them.
The story was first developed in 2006 by Jack Lewis and Lucilla Blankenberg, dealing with universal themes of growing up, family responsibility, dreams and facing reality.
Amaza was a development project in many ways, with people being trained and learning on the job. Scholars and students visited the set regularly. The writing team were all first time drama writers led by Gavin Sher.
Lucilla said at the time that she felt confident that CMT had proven its capacity and competence with larger scope productions.
CMT has expertise and many years of experience in the production of radio work. We have produced a wide range of public service announcements, drama and live talk shows for radio.
For the past five years, we have produced a live talk show on community radio stations in the Eastern Cape and, more recently, KwaZulu-Natal, under our Siyayinqoba! brand. For these shows, we have community journalists who research the topics, find guests, source people to interview for pre-recorded inserts, edit the inserts, write the scripts and host the shows. The shows run for a season of 26 weekly half-hour episodes. Listeners can call in or send smses or WhatsApp messages to ask questions on a wide range of HIV/AIDS and health related topics. The live shows have been accompanied by a series of public service announcements on HIV and health topics which CMT has researched, scripted, translated and produced in isiXhosa, isiZulu and English and Afrikaans. These PSAs are updated every year. Selected PSAs have also been broadcast on national radio stations.
Another notable example of our work was the radio components we created as part of our media campaign for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health’s campaign to promote exclusive breast feeding and the launch of human milk banks in each district. For this we created a series of six PSAs and a series of five ten minute dramas dealing with issues around breast feeding and human milk banks.
We have recently produced PSAs for the Western Cape Department of Health to publicize their public-private partnership to provide access to quick and affordable HIV testing, vaccinations and family planning called Ikapa Cares.
These are just a few examples of the capabilities we have when it comes to working in the medium of radio.
We have a great selection of documentaries produced by CMT (and Idol Pictures) over the years. All documentaries are available from Community Media Trust at R150.00 per DVD excluding VAT and postage. Click here to contact us to place your order.
Adding Hope To Healthcare
(2013, 48mins – Produced and Directed by Lucilla Blankenberg) We meet Clinical Associates from the first group ever in South Africa – Lunga in the Eastern Cape working with out-patients at Settlers Hospital, Aviwe at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal working with in-patients, Sanele at the busy Tembisa Hospital working in casualty and Victor delivery babies in the middle of Johannesburg at Carltonville Hospital. A day in the life of these four people shows the versatility, willingness and dedication of Clinical Associates in South Africa.
TAC – Taking HAART
(2011, 99mins) – In 1999, Thabo Mbeki became President of South Africa. Between 1999 and 2010, over two million people in South Africa died of AIDS. This was despite the existence of Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatment, known as HAART. During these years, government sponsored AIDS denialism combined with the high price of these lifesaving drugs to ensure that poor people could not get the treatment they needed. TAC – Taking HAART provides a fly on the wall view of how outrage ignited a movement that united people across race and class, one that developed a well-educated cadre deeply versed in the issues it confronted, built coalitions, used the courts, peaceful protest and civil disobedience to achieve its objectives. As part of a national campaign, TAC – Taking HAART contains never before seen footage, leading viewers through one of the most extraordinary struggles in post-apartheid South Africa. The film raises the moral culpability of those responsible for withholding treatment while standing as a heartfelt tribute to those who have died and to those who engaged in twelve years of remorseless activism led by the Treatment Action Campaign.
A Country For My Daughter
(2010, 54mins) – South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender based violence in the world. This is not the country that Nonkosi Khumalo wants her daughter to grow up in. As a human rights activist Nonkosi is dedicated to the struggle for equality in South Africa, especially for women. In A Country For My Daughter she travels the country investigating the stories of survivors, activists and lawyers whose cases have transformed the law in South Africa for the better.
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Brothers In Arms
(2007, 83mins) – The story of Ronald Herboldt – the only South African to fight in the Cuban Revolutionary war. Forty years later Ronald’s desire to return home to a free South Africa is complicated by the fact that he has family in both countries and needs to qualify for a special liberator’s pension. Filmed in South Africa, Cuba and Angola.
Law and Freedom
(2005, 95mins) – A documentary series looking at laws that have changed South Africa and the history of its constitution.
Casa De La Musica
(2003, 52mins) – A documentary exploring the links in culture and music between Cape Town and Havana. (Winner of the Encounters Audience Award, 2003).
Apostles of Civilised Vice
(1999, 104mins) – A documentary exploring the history of homosexuality in South Africa from colonial times to the present. Among the events considered is the adoption of the South African Bill of Rights ensuring equal protection to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.
Sando to Samantha AKA The Art of Dikvel
(1999, 52 mins) – A Docu-drama blending interview material and drama to tell the story of Sando Willemse, aka Samantha Fox, a drag queen from Bonteheuwel in Cape Town. Having joined the SADF in 1991, Sando was tested for HIV without giving his permission – subsequently his positive status was disclosed to his entire squad and he was summarily discharged.
A Normal Daughter
(1997, 58 mins) – The story of Kewpie, a drag queen from Cape Town, South Africa’s District Six, a legendary enclave of gay life since the 1950s. Together with friends and family, Kewpie narrates the story of her life as part of a thriving homosexual world of drag shows, concerts, and clubs.
Die Duiwel Maak My Hart So Seer
(1993, 55mins) – In 1993 Idol Pics documented the stories of a group of racially diverse South African children, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they and their mothers talk about the things that affect their lives.
Black People Don’t Swim
(2008, 48mins) – Six years ago Kwezi Qika couldn’t swim, never mind surf. Yet in 2007 this poor black boy from Ocean View Township in the Western Cape became a junior surfing champion. Featuring footage shot in Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner and along the beaches of Durban, Black People Don’t Swim is both a story about a young man’s journey into manhood and a film about the thrill of a catching a wave.
A Truly Wonderful Adventure
(2007, 48mins) – In 1980 students in the Western Cape boycotted and the ‘Committee of 81’ was formed. Using new interviews, the film takes us through the images and events that culminated in the murder of Bernard Fortuin by the police.
Tania Raised Us
(2004, 49mins) – A documentary on the life of the “horse and cart” people of Cape Town.
(2004, 24mins) – A documentary from SABC’s ‘Issues of Faith’ series, telling the story of a gay man from Langa becoming a traditional healer.
Home Is Where the Music Is
(2003, 48mins) – A biographical documentary on Cape Town jazz musician Robbie Jansen, exploring his 30 year career, his time in the legendary band Estudio and the development of Cape Jazz as a genre.
Through My Eyes: Blanche La Guma
(2003, 48mins) – Blanche LaGuma is a Cape Town activist and widow of local author Alex La Guma. This film takes a look at her life.
Die Skerpioen Onder Die Klip: Afrikaans Van Kolonialisme Tot Demokrasie
(1997, 30mins) – A documentary series on Afrikaans – from colonialism to democracy.
Atlantis (in Post Production)
Atlantis is a documentary about the demise of the SA textile industry, seen through the experiences and points of view of multiple characters in different places affected by the catastrophe.
Atlantis is the story of what happens when a traditional source of employment disappears within the space of one generation how that affects the lives of ordinary people. The film investigates the reasons for the demise of the industry by following the arguments of various participants, approaching the situation from different angles and interests.
Woven throughout the experiences of the main characters are the views of workers’ leaders, government representatives, industrialists and managers.
The film emerged from several years filming events in the clothing industry in Cape Town, starting around 2005 when the dramatic closures of long standing factories took place. It was clear then that historic changes were taking place in so far as a way of life was coming to an end. Traditionally, garment and textile factories in the Western Cape provided employment to a large percentage of school leavers, giving young people a start in life. That was coming to an end and we wanted to document this change. Moreover, this change is fuelling debates about globalisation, free trade and fair trade. Director, Laddie Bosch, wants to make a film that can inform these debates without presenting simplistic and one-dimensional solutions.
RUN (Script Development)
RUN, a feature film, is set in a Post-Apartheid but still violent South Africa where a young woman embarks on a campaign of revenge for the senseless death of her sister. It deals with themes of vigilantism and morality. Despite it being more than 20 years after democracy, South Africa’s levels of violence are exceptionally high, especially for women and children. Our crime statistics reflect this with over 16,000 murders happening every year. As local female filmmakers we want to ensure that these issues, particularly those of violence against women are not overlooked or undermined and in fact are well represented in mainstream media. Within this context our film is set in the current day in one of South Africa’s biggest townships, where the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, the first of its kind, has been set up in order to investigate the high levels of crime in the area and allegations of inefficiency in the South African Police Service (SAPS). CMT has received script development funding from the NFVF with a script completion date set for May 2016.
We pride ourselves in the training and skills development of young black Journalists and is accredited with MICT SETA on 4 unit standards for journalism, namely:
- Reporting for a variety of journalistic purposes,
- Collecting information for journalistic use,
- Covering a specialist beat as a journalist and
- Interviewing for a variety of journalistic purposes.
The journalist training forms an integral part of the creation of the Siyayinqoba! series. The Siyayinqoba! trainees are trained and given on the job training and mentorship as the content producers of the documentaries.