Hear Their Voices 2014 Left-Eye produced, shot and directed five short films for an international NGO, HIAS, dealing with sexual and gender-based violence against refugees. The film focuses on generally under-represented categories of refugees (i.e. older people, disabled people, men and boys and the LGBTI people). Filming took place in South Africa and Uganda. The UNHCR has recently made the main film, Hear Their Voices, it’s core tool in training around the world.
Attachment Made Visible (ongoing) 2011 – 2015
Producer/Director/Cinematographer on a film project exploring the development of relationships between infants and their primary nurturers for a year. The film will be used in various forms for education of psychologists/social workers and others dealing with nurturer/infant relationships and for new parents. Filmed weekly with each infant and nurturer the project is developing a baseline of intimate footage across race, culture, language and class watching how attachment develops and hoping to intervene in the development of more healthy generations in the future.
In the initial phase two child/caregiver groups were filmed over a 1 year period and filming with a second group of participants is currently underway.
A 10 minute programme exploring the mitochondrial beginnings of human kind in Africa and its evolution to present day.
Rhinos Under Threat 2011
Cinematographer on a video for the UN’s CITES (International Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species). The video explores the devastating situation in Swaziland and South Africa and follows the trade to Vietnam. The film was launched at the Rio+20 summit 2012 and has been seen by more than 35000 viewers.
Diversity Video 2011
A corporate video exploring diversity issues within a multi-national management consulting company. The film encourages staff across all levels and roles in the organization to be aware of and actively engage in issues of diversity in the organization.
We are nowhere 2010
A 60 min documentary filmed over a two year period, following people affected by the xenophobic violence in South Africa in 2008. This film presents the views of both non-national migrants as well as South Africans who were ordinary residents; bystanders or perpetrators of the violence. The film explores views as well as issues around government service delivery among a more complex set of issues. The film was first screened at the Tri-Continental Film Festival, focusing on Human Rights, in South Africa in October 2010.
Where is Kovno? (Director and Camera) 2009
An experimental film following the process of production of a textile art and sound installation for the Kaunas Textile Biennale in Lithuania in October 2009. The film will be used as part of the installation when it returns to South Africa in 2014.
Baby Blues (Camera) 2009
An investigative piece exploring the sterilization of HIV+ women without their informed consent. The film is shot in KwazuluNatal and Namibia. It was directed by Anna-Marie Lombaard and won the Discovery Health Journalism awards for Television Health Journalism 2011 and the judges commendation included “It was a well-crafted story combining the human narrative, research into this practice and powerful visuals.”
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE – Jonathan Shapiro (Director and camera) 2009
An Episode of SABC’s version of the BBC series. 48 minute episode tracing the ancestry of Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) the controversial South African cartoonist from South Africa, through Scotland, Germany to Lithuania.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE – Nthati Moshesh (Director and camera) 2008/9
An Episode of SABC’s version of the BBC series. 48 minute episode tracing the ancestry of Nthati Moshesh, a South African actress who is the great great granddaughter of King Moshoeshoe I of the Bashotho.
“Corrective Rape” (camera and facilitator) 2009
Researched and filmed components of a film for Action Aid (international aid organization) for their campaign focusing international attention on so-called “corrective rape” (the rape of lesbians to “turn them straight”). Filmed interviews in Johannesburg with victims of such rapes as well as with people on the streets to capture a variety of attitudes towards this “practice”.
A 24 min film looking at trauma amongst children and teachers fat the Rand Airport Displacement Shelter following xenophobic attacks in areas around Germiston and Primrose. It looks at “victims teaching victims” and the resilience of humans in the face of extreme trauma. Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has shown around the world. Awarded the African Art Institute film award for 2010.
Mmamabula ESHIA Video Summary, 2007
A visual summary of the Mmamabula Energy Project (Coal Mine) Environmental Social Health Impact Assessment used for public disclosure in English and Setswana in Botswana.
In Our Blood, 2004-present
A feature length documentary of oral histories of mining across South Africa and its neighbouring states. The final product will include an archive of oral histories. The film includes interviews with CEOs, underground miners and family members.
Hot Wax, 2004
A story about internal freedom, 10 years into South Africa’s democracy. The film follows Ivy, a spunky black beautician and her relationships over time with her wealthy white clients. Hot Waxpremiered in Berlin and showed in festivals across Europe, Canada and South America in 2004.
I Will Not Go Gently, 2003
A film about aging and survival in a changing South Africa. The film follows an 78 year old woman who moved into a residential hotel in Hillbrow when it was a chic and affluent neighbourhood. The hotel is now home to drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes, and getting a cup of coffee is an expedition.
Voices Across The Fence, 2002
The film recorded and screened video messages between Mozambican refugees living in South Africa and their family members in Mozambique. Many participants had had no contact with each other for 15 years.