Leaving Mandela Park

Saskia Vredeveld

Info

a documentary film by Saskia Vredeveld, in coproduction with Zeppers Film & TV, IKON and Lichtpunt with support from VAF, NFF, coBo-fund and thuiskopiefonds


Leaving Mandela Park is a kaleidoscopic documentary about the dreams of children living in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. It tells the story of five youngsters with a special drive to escape, however briefly, the drabness of everyday reality.

Gauva left his hometown as a little boy because he didn’t see a future. Someone discovered his singing talents and now he performs on the streets and sells his CD’s to the spectators. Cynthia lives in a neighbourhood where gangs shoot at each other, but has her saxophone as a means of escape. Pinky studies hard to realise her dream - a stone house -, dancing to lighten her life. Music and dance turn out to be the means of survival for these children.
These dreams do not stand on their own. They are a metaphor for the hopeful future of a country trying to drag itself up from a mire of poverty and violence. Leaving Mandela Park shows the incredible resilience and vitality of these children.

THEATRICAL RELEASE HOLLAND:
15 APRIL 2010, by cinema delicatessen
BELGIAN PREMIERE:
DOCVILLE, INTERNATIONAL DOCUMANTARY FESTIVAL, LEUVEN, BELGIUM // 3 May 2010
INTERNATIONAL SALES:
NPO-SALES

Credits

WITH: SIBUSISO 'PINKY' SIBINDI, 'GUAVA' ASAVELA MDLUNGU, SISEKO GQALAQHA, CYNTHIA DAMON, SIZWE MRABALALA

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY SASKIA VREDEVELD

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MELLE VAN ESSEN
SOUND ENGINEER FRENK VAN DER STERRE
ORIGINAL MUSIC HANS HELEWAUT
SOUND MIX YVES DEMEY
COMMISSIONING EDITORS MARGJE DE KONING, WIM VAN ROMPAEY
PRODUCER ZEPPERS FILM FRANK VAN DEN ENGEL

Director

Saskia Vredeveld
Born:    Cape Town, South Africa



Filmography

Leaving Mandela Park, 2010, children’s dreams in the townships of South Africa. IKON (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 52 and 80 min. Stories from iKhaya is a mosaic of children’s dreams in the  townships of South Africa and the special drive to escape the harsh reality of everyday existence through music and dance.

White Poverty in the new South Africa, 2009 selected for IDFA 2009, IKON (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 52 min. A story of a rapidly increasing group, the poor whites in South Africa, people who live out of  sight, in silence, and in shame.

No More Heroes, 2007, NPS (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 50 min. portrait of a pop-photographer

Memento Mori, 2005, artistic short movie about death, 15 min. 16 mm film b/w,
festivals and art galleries throug