The film features visits to each of the survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations who featured in the previous film We Never Give Up I, produced ten years ago. The film explores what has happened in the lives of each of the survivors who have sustained the struggle for reparations as members of Khulumani Support Group in the Western Cape.
We Never Give Up II was launched at the December 2012 National Reparations Dialogue held at UNISA in Pretoria and was also screened at the ‘Engaging the Other’ International Conference held under the auspices of the International Institute for the Study of Race, Social Justice and Reconciliation at the University of the Free State, also in December 2012.
Shirley Gunn is currently in Europe where the full version of the film has been screened at amongst others, the Belfast Film Festival, Brighton University, Surrey University, and School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. The screening at SOAS was also attended by Khulumani board member, Mr Tshepo Madlingozi, presently a PhD student at Birkbeck College in London.
Music, literature and art played a significant role in the political conscientisation of youth in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Black struggles for freedom were amplified, fuelled and unified by … Continue reading →
In recent months there have been shocking acts of crime in Grahamstown. One that shocked the community most was a rape of a young woman who was beaten so badly she ended up in a coma and died.
How do we celebrate or think about Human Rights Day in a society like this? On the 21 of March 2013 Fingo Festival and Via Kazi Movers, Officially Offside, Wordsuntame got together to speak to the people of Fingo about the rape and the killing that have been going on in the community.
This was done artistically by getting a group artists like Pantsula’s, MCz and B.Boyz dram groups and Poets to speak on the topic of crime that is taking over the streets of Makana and needs to stop.
The way we see it, the government has a role to make sure that our courts and police system works. But there is a responsibility that we have as a community to ourselves. There is a need for us to be our own agents of change in Black communities. People gave their views and spoke very passionately about their disgust with the violence that is happening in Grahamstown Makana.
There is a feeling in the community that is no more leadership that can lead us in a so strong moral and politically relevant vision. There is especially a lack of leadership that has the interests of Black community in their hearts. Our failure to produce leaders within our communities relates to a lot of the problems of how we have lost or given up our agency since the end of the Struggle. Because we can’t raise leaders we find ourselves unable to believe that we can really change our own lives and our own neighborhoods.
A lot has gone wrong in our past oppression, but there is a need to decide what we are going to do with the present. We need to find ourselves and then we help ourselves to rise above this current lack of direction.