Her work on How Lucky? and subsequent involvement with several members of Finetown township’s community have led to her wanting to create a web-presence in which Finetown is ‘mapped’ by it’s residents
Her abstract ‘Mapping Finetown’ has been accepted by MeCCSA ‘Media and the Margins’ and she will be presenting a paper at the conference in January 2014.
Over the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to work in the Finetown Township, Johannesburg, SA. Initially running filmmaking workshops for C.A.S.T. (The Creative Arts Schools Trust), I have since been back to shoot the documentary HOW LUCKY? (in Post Production) and am in the process of setting up the project ‘Mapping Finetown’ with members of the township community.
C.A.S.T. (http://creativeartstrust.org/home/about/) is committed to delivering high quality creative courses for young people in challenging learning environments worldwide. In the film workshops, the participants are responsible for both originating the content and technical production of their own films - a powerful example being their 'self-portrait' series. https://vimeo.com/channels/498480
Finetown is huge, a population estimated at several thousand and yet has no traditional cartographic representation because of it’s gradual and continuous evolution. Lucky Ndlovu, is an inspirational individual, passionately committed to drawing the world’s attention to his community (http://www.freyabillingtonfilm.com/how-lucky.html)
Working with C.A.S.T. and Lucky, I will establish an online multi-platform ‘map’ of these extraordinary, underrepresented and marginalised people. As shacks/ houses in the township are started, stopped, added to and continually re-built over the course of years, so the online presence will evolve as content is added and links are established. Mapping Finetown is about giving a group control over their own media representation.