The competition winner Nathi Simelane’s film focused on poverty and the indigent living conditions of the Joe Slovo residents, a Squatter camp in Johannesburg. Having grown in a similar squatter camp, Simelane said the story was one close to his heart.
He expressed this through his shots and of course, the choice of location. It was accompanied by the main character posing with placards stating the human rights as stipulated in the Bill of Rights. Nathi only used moving images and music to drive his story. This element essentially won the judges’ hearts as he was announced winner of the competition. You can watch his clip below:
Simelane will be walking away with a R25 000 cash prize. He will also receive a R50 000 budget to create a 20-minute documentary, all courtesy of the GFC and TRACE Southern Africa.
All of the three finalists’ short films were showcased on TRACE Urban during Human Rights month.
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