Shorts Programme | ENVIRONMENT (2020)

  • Conservation, Community, Sustainability
  • 1h 12m

Hluleka | Dir. Jamila Janna | 9 min

Watch the pre-recorded Q&A with filmmaker here.

A striking look at nature conservation and how it affects the local communities; this film juxtaposes the beauty of the Hluleka MPA in the South African Wild coast with the despair of the locals who need the ocean to survive. It bravely and beautifully emboldens the plight of communities who are within the demarcation of the marine protected area in the hopes of finding a middle ground that affords nature the protection it needs and the people the sustenance they deserve.

This film masterfully depicts the dichotomy of conservation and community impact, over stunning shots and poetry.

The Ocean/Ulwandle | Dir. P.J. Kotze 37 min

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For many communities, the ocean has been a source of income and livelihood for generations. The story of The Ocean is told from the perspective of two different types of fishermen who have dedicated their lives to this craft. As they express their values, we discover their appreciation and respect for the sea.

This story further highlights the decline in opportunities for livelihood by fisherman, due to overfishing and poor government policies.

Phefumla | Dir. Maishe Mosala | 26 min

Phefumla follows Loyiso Dunga, a marine scientist from one of South Africa’s most infamous townships, as he embarks on an opportunity of a lifetime. He must overcome his fears of drowning and realize his dream of diving deep into the oceans vastness.

Through his first sensory overloaded experiences, Loyiso makes profound observations of how humans can learn from the oceans interconnected ecosystems and way of life. Whilst he breathes the oceans calm and experiences first-hand the threat to our oceans biodiversity and the air we breathe, he feels compelled to amplify his responsibility as a marine scientist.

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