JULY SUPPER CLUB

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This month’s Supper Club will take on a slightly different format. Usually there is a single storyteller, but, on Thursday 26 July we will be engaging with a panel of young people who will share their take on issues of the day, particularly about leaderships, national icons and Apartheid legacies. What are the issues that trouble them? Do they feel heard and what are their thoughts about the country’s future? What does the term ‘born free’ mean to them, and do they feel nurtured to become tomorrow’s leaders? How does that play out for them today?

In this month of July when the world is focused on the legacy of the iconic Madiba, what are our blindspots in celebrating our national heroes and heroines? How do we honour without erasing the contributions of other leaders?

Supper Club takes place at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre at 15 Buitenkant Street. The July conversation is entitled ‘Young Voices Speak’ and is scheduled for 26 July at 6pm. Booking is essential and the cost is R 150 per person / R 75 for children.

Book through Webtickets, calling Chantal on 021 4667200 or emailing reception@districtsix.co.za

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Youth Day Screening

The premiere screening of Anwar Omar’s ‘Salt River High: The Untold Story’ at the Homecoming Centre on 16 June – Youth Day – drew a full house! It was great to share in the viewing experience where the contribution of Cape Town schools in the 1976 uprisings, was foregrounded. It was a special treat to have the filmmaker Anwar Omar present to speak to the film and explain briefly why he thought it important to tell this story. It was an added bonus to hear from Geoff Mamputa who was a student activist in Langa during that same time period. Look out for further screenings or invite Anwar to do a screening in your community.

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SUPPER CLUB WITH RYLAND FISHER, JUNE 2018: Reflections

Supper Club attendees responded warmly to Ryland Fisher’s input as he shared his thoughts about living in various parts of the greater Cape Town. He spoke of his influences, his passion for writing, sharing his vision for a different way of being a citizen, and some thoughts about how we might get there. Discussions were heated and hopeful as people shared their own thoughts about collective responsibility, their own moments of doing reality checks and the need to revive activism as a permanent way of building communities.

These are some images of the night.

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Peninsula Maternity Hospital Memory Project final workshop

On Saturday, 7 July participants and artists involved in the Peninsula Maternity Hospital Memory Project bade a final farewell to each other. At this last workshop we watched and provided feedback on the video artwork that is installed in the new District Six Community Day Centre. This video serves as a loving record of the workshop processes, but also the history of the Peninsula through the voices of former staff.  We shared what it has meant to be part of this project and the healing process it has brought about. We also want to congratulate them on their creativity and their lively spirits, and while this project has reached its conclusion, we look forward to their involvement in other facets of the Museum’s life.

District Six staff and Seven Steps members visit Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

As part of our commitment to engaging with our own communities’ histories, District Six Museum staff and Seven Steps members visited Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Tuesday 26 June. For many people this was their visit to Lwandle, and for some it was their first up-close encounter with the stories of migrant labourers. The visit to Hostel 33 was particularly enlightening as people heard stories of how migrant labourers and their families made life work for them, despite the limitations of the living space that they occupied.

Arriving at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Entering Hostel 33, which tells the story of living as a migrant within the living quarters which have been retained as close to what it was when it served as a single-sex hostel under Apartheid. Hostel 33 has been declared a Provincial Heritage Site

Listening to Masa Soko, Manager of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

The posed group shot at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum!

Land, liberty and telling our stories

In partnership with Joburg Theatre, the Museum was pleased to have hosted a public conversation with J Edward Chamberlin, a writer and land claims expert from the University of Toronto in Canada whose book, ‘If this is your land, where are your stories?’ has been much celebrated.

The conversation took place at the Museum’s Homecoming Centre on Monday 4 June, and provoked many questions of interest and concern. Chamberlin has worked extensively on indigenous land claims in places as diverse as Canada, USA, Australia and South Africa, and the title of his talk ‘Land, liberty and telling our stories’ was an apt segue into the importance of stories of land evolved from a relationship with the land.

He spoke of stories as being an important component of land claims, not merely as a decorative add-on, but as expressions of cultural experiences and relationships.

The conversation was beautifully moderated by Nomboniso Gasa and participants left feeling both inspired and unsettled enough to take some of the conversations into their own personal spheres of influence.

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Media Release May 2018: Why Dulcie?

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DULCIE SEPTEMBER, SOUTH AFRICAN ANTI APARTHEID STRUGGLE ICON

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Dulcie September was assassinated in the heart of Paris on 29 March 1988 as she unlocked the ANC’s offices at 28, Rue des Petites-Ecuries where she served as ANC head representative for Luxembourg, Switzerland and France. September, who was 52 at the time, was shot five times with a .22 calibre silenced rifle. Why was this principled cadre and former schoolteacher murdered? Who were the killers and did she uncover a shadowy international arms-dealing matrix.

30 years on and no-one has been charged with Dulcie September’s murder. The French investigation into her death was closed after 10 years and in South Africa, The Truth and Reconciliation Committee (“TRC”) findings were inconclusive.

Documentary filmmaker, Enver Michael Samuel of “Indians Can’t Fly” acclaim, goes in search of answers and pays homage to Dulcie September in his documentary film Why Dulcie?.

Dulcie September wasn’t only murdered but there was an attempt to erase her existence. There was an attempt to remove her from the centre of a very powerful network of players that were supporting the Apartheid government. It was done in a manner that after 30 years we still don’t know who killed Dulcie September. Hennie van Vuuren author Apartheid Guns and Money

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September’s work in Paris included the everyday tasks of an ANC representative, organising trips for the ANC leadership and attempts to build alliances with local anti-apartheid groups.  Her personal handwritten notes, however, reveal that she had gone far beyond these duties and was secretly investigating the clandestine arms trade between France and the South Africa apartheid regime. On the fateful day, a misty spring morning, Dulcie had just visited the post office to collect the ANC’s offices mail.  She would have been completely unaware as she pressed the lift button to take her to the fourth floor that an assassin was lurking in the shadows.  She was found lying crumpled at the door of the ANC office … an old trusty handbag, orphaned lying next to the wall, her cold legs in nylon stockings, sensible shoes still on her lifeless feet. The mail laying in her congealed blood …

Watch the preview below

The making of Why Dulcie?” is sanctioned by September’s family, and is a personal undertaking by Samuel to share the story of a determined woman of great integrity, who’s perseverance led to her assassination in Paris in 1988.  At the heart of his film is the quest to know who Dulcie was and to understand what made her able to stand fast in the face of death. The project is currently self-funded and financial support is being sought through crowdfunding at https://gofundmesa.co.za/why-dulce-goal-r100-000/.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

Enver Michael Samuel is a producer/director whose career has spanned over 25 years in the South African broadcasting community. He studied both practical and theoretical aspects of Film and Television locally and abroad, in England, Australia and Germany.  Enver has worked on numerous television productions including high profile corporate videos for clients like the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Coca-Cola, Kaiser Family Foundation, Primedia, Dischem Foundation etc. combining this with lecturing in Television Journalism/Production at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ).  In addition to being a member of the Film and Publication Board (FPB) from 1998 – 2014, Enver currently serves on The National Film & Video Foundations (NFVF) training and bursary committee. Since 2012, he has also been a South African Film & Television Award Judge (SAFTA).

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Enver has worked on various productions that were SAFTA nominated, including a SAFTA win for Solving It, SABC 3.   He produced and directed the documentary Indians Cant Fly for SABC3 Docuville that was an official selection for the Durban International Film Festival and The Toronto South African Film Festival. Indians Cant Fly was nominated for three South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTA’s), best director, best documentary, best editor for documentary short, winning best achievement in directing and best documentary short.

For further information, please contact:
Candice Jooste
cellphone: 083 212 0106
email: joostecandice@gmail.com