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The Art of Following Through

  A young man is building a shack. He and his classmates have been wandering the streets of Port Elizabeth’s Walmer township collecting discarded materials to use. Their workspace is crowded but jovial. When they are not building, they are drawing, sculpting and generally having fun. The young man in question is Phumlani Dwane and […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga: A Manifesto

  An excerpt from Jyoti Mistry and Antje Schumann’s book, Gaze Regimes: Film and feminisms in Africa.     Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Zimbabwe and is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Nervous Conditions (1988). As a filmmaker and activist she is invested in the ‘capacity building’ of young female visual artists. She recognised […]

R8,5-billion and Counting: The Cost of DTT

  The June 17 deadline for all African countries to switch their television broadcasts from analogue to digital has passed, and South Africa has still not launched digital TV. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. The switch from analogue – how you receive your TV signal now, using an aerial – to digital […]

Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You

  The Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You film festival opens tomorrow at The Bioscope in Johannesburg. The Con’s Dean Hutton is curating the festival, so we got the lowdown on what to expect.   The Con: How did the Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You film […]