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Where Do I Stand? September 8, 2010

Posted by Andreas in Uncategorized.

New documentary about youth and xenophobia to be shown in Cape Town

Where Do I Stand? – a documentary film that explores the experiences of seven young Capetonians during the xenophobic violence in South Africa in 2008 – will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 19 September at 6.15pm, on Monday 20 September at 8:30pm and on Tuesday 21 September at 8:30pm.

When xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in May 2008, many found themselves caught off guard, shocked by violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. Over two months, 62 people were killed, hundreds wounded and over a hundred thousand displaced. In the midst of this violence, many young people, clad in the bright greens and maroons of their school uniforms, looted neighborhood shops while some of their classmates, refugees themselves, fled to safer ground. Some youth tried to find a way to help, but still more stood by, watching from their windows or on television.

Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people who are thinking deeply about their actions during and after the violence, their communities, and the state of their country. They include a Rwandan refugee, a girl wrestling with the reality of foreigners in her township, a boy facing calls of cowardice by friends for not looting, and a suburban girl whose family sheltered their Malawian gardener.

This violence was yet another challenge to a growing country still struggling with the legacy of apartheid – extended poverty, unemployment, and racial and economic divisions. Where Do I Stand? captures the optimistic voices of youth trying to make sense of what they experienced and how they carve out their own places in this complex and divided nation.

Where Do I Stand? Is a 37-minute-long documentary by director Molly Blank produced in partnership with Shikaya. For more information consult the official website.

The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by the Labia, Shikaya, an organisation that works with teachers to inspire and support young South Africans to become responsible democratic citizens and future leaders who value diversity, human rights and peace, Molly Blank, the film’s director, and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.


The Labia:

021 424 5927

Molly Blank:

021 448 9642



Dylan Wray

021 448 9642



While You Were Sleeping:

Andreas Späth

084 772 1056



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