Whilst in SA for the screening, Freya was delighted to do some work with the extraordinary Winnie Mabaso Foundation http://www.winniemabaso.org/ and its Founder and CEO Lisa Ashton. Freya has known Lisa for a while but never had the chance to be involved with the actual Foundation and this trip allowed her the chance to see just some of the amazing projects it is currently undertaking.
Filming with Johannesburg-based cameraman Dean Hibbert, who she worked with on the initial C.A.S.T. Project, the two of them got the opportunity to capture some of the work being undertaken in the SQUATTERS CAMP from several newly erected shacks, the library, a kids Sports day, members of Granny Club and the Friday night Feeding Station. Freya will produce several short films for the website and is working with Lisa on ideas for her next trip.
HOW? LUCKY SCREENS IN FINETOWN
Last week Freya finally screened HOW? LUCKY to the township community in the Finetown Multipurpose Building, where the film was shot. Ahead of the screening, posters were pinned up at the STOP sign, a central crossroads in the township which features heavily throughout the film. On the day, a huge screen, speakers and mic were all set up in the space as were trestle tables with hotdogs and water for the guests and an original HOW? LUCKY t-shirt for signing. ‘Africa-time’ meant the film started later than intended but to a good mix of audience-members, several of whom appear in the film. Lucky introduced the film along with a few words from Freya.
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.
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