Thursday, April 22, 2010
The showing was held atop the arts building in Braamfontein, the one shaped like a flying saucer. There was a great turnout, and I loved the film. The team (it's produced by Curious Pictures) put together a wonderful combination of images and sound in this first episode, on the Karoo. They used paintings by my old colleague Ben Coutavidis, as well, which evoked the landscape beautifully.
I enjoyed meeting Johnny Clegg and didn't hesitate to ask him, based on the inspiration of the programme we'd just seen, "What work are you doing to take this country forward?" He responded positively to my question, as did Ivan Vladislavic who was attending. I was fired up by the film and ready to commit to making South Africa what it can be.