Film Review: Ilizwi

Ilizwi is a proposal that hints at what we could see in the future in terms of the bourgeoning South African film industry once the M-Net in Motion Academy 2015 Interns are striking it out on their own and are brave enough to venture outside of the box. The film initiates a new paranormal tale with a slight thrill build up and delivers to us a gentle 3deF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ /¶

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Interview with Senzo Njabulo Shabangu (Part One): Today, Tomorrow, Everyday

Mmutle. What was your experience of the, of the first solo exhibition that you had …and when was it? Senzo. My first solo exhibition I called it I ‘Naked Pressure’ it was in 2010 if I am not mistaken, because I met David Krut, no 2011, I met David Krut uhm, uhm after I won the David Koloane Award in 2010. Trhough the award I acquired a working space here at the Bag Factory for three months. I was working with three international artists, one from Holland and one from Germany. For the first time uBaba koloane, I call him Doctor Koloane, Pat Mautloa, these people were here, they were around me and they were mentoring me, being there molding me. In the morning before we worked they will have coffee with me and they will talk to me. They gave me the opportunity to explore what I wanted to explore.

Speech: The Nature of an Artist’s journey

On the 7 February 2015 at about ten in the morning I was about to read the prepared speech below at the opening of Tshwane University of Technology Department of Fine and Applied Arts BTech exhibition while I noticed, in the sea of the crowd nestle here and there serious looks including a couple of people who rolled their eyes upwards in the ‘here it comes’ attitude. This together with the occasional air blows from the nearby air con which ruffled my prepared speech papers in its duel against the onslaught of summer heat convinced me to ditch the speech and speak from an improvised angle. I doubt if anyone ate from my palms. Contrary to popular believe of the little circle I belong to, I am never comfortable speaking in public, even if it’s about what I feel passionate about, art. I find solace in the written text. Presently I hope that the speech below does justice to my improvised performance.

Film Review: Rise

At this school she is confronted by pupils who are not given time by the teachers. As a result the learners think less of themselves. This can be seen in the characters of Gazi (Siphamandla Walter Dhludhu), a child family header, Andile (Nkokheli Oros Mmampofu) whose wants him to leave school to do manual labour and Palesa (Mapula Mafole) who comes from an unstable single mother headed family. There is also a bureaucracy red tape that hamper teaching and a corrupt principal (Mutodi Neshehe) who has been siphoning money from the school’s feeding scheme for his own financial gain¶

Presence in absence

A switch off occurs when you go off the grid of social media connectivity whereby you go amiss in the digital social life of people who have you listed as their friend knowingly or unknowingly. Quite a number of people could care less whether you are around at the best of times. Unless if you are a kwaito star who has reached the nirvana of a staple diet wherein your devotees daily probing, poking and in-boxing of your person is their reassurance that they are part of the world we live in.

Diary entry 10 January

What does it feel like when your phone is on the tv stand? Let’s increase the distance, what does it feel like when it is in another room or better still when you leave it at home only to discover during your trip to work or school that you are without it? Nerving isn’t? They …

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