Film

Documentaries

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

TAC(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

7 ACFMD Poster(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.

Goniwe’s Calling

(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.