Shorts Programme | DOCi (2021)

  • Community, Service Delivery
  • 52min

Toilets TO LET | Dir. Mona-Lisa Msime | 25 min

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Toilets to Let provides a bold account of the lack of dignity society affords the poor, by degrading and devaluing even their most basic human needs. The film interrogates the state of the toilet situation in informal settlements in Cape Town, specifically Barcelona, in Gugulethu, and gives a face to the plea of the so-called poo protestors, who looted the airport and municipal buildings in 2013 and 2017.

It justifies their cries for a resolution and gives insight to the state of affairs. Their plight is not only about adequate sanitation and health and safety, but also one of being granted some self-worth by the city and those who sit in positions of power.

It’s Not Enough | Dir. Azola Ntsukanazo | 17 min

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In It’s Not Enough, a group of single mothers living in Dunoon, Cape Town, discuss their monthly struggles to provide for their families on a government SASSA child support grant.

Hanging on the edge of just barely being able to afford food, rent, school fees, transport and the everyday costs of living, they discuss their hopes for a brighter future, where their children will have the education necessary to afford decent-paying jobs. This short, perfectly summarised and showcased, is an on-the-nail display of the hardship that working single women in South Africa face every day, and a reminder of the ongoing poverty crisis within the country.

Street Dogs | Dir. Sivenathi Ntshwanti | 20 min

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Street Dogs is an absorbing, character-driven documentary focusing on the lived realities of waste reclaimers in Cape Town. Where people do not acknowledge nor see value in their work, collectors identify a means to make a living. The film sheds light on their lack of recognition, both at a societal and governmental level.

They face unceasing discrimination, harassment and humiliation – often referred to as street dogs. Left vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, informal waste reclaimers were excluded from the government’s response plan. Having received no protection, they are not perceived as essential workers. The film seeks to not only understand their line of work, but the massive role they play in recycling, cleaning communities and saving our planet.

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