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NOMA

what does it take to have a home?

Prod: EveryWhere Films
Director: Pablo Pinedo Bóveda
Type: Feature Documentary – 81 min_BW // 56 min_Color
Format: 2K - HD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
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Nomaliphathwe Gwele, is like many other young post-apartheid South Africans: impoverished and fed up. Unable to afford the rent of a shack, she joins a land occupation action and builds her own in a new slum, risking violent evictions. As a single mother of two, Noma is keen to find a safe haven to raise her kids, including her semi-paraplegic and blind baby. Shot in beautiful black and white with a strong neorealist ethic, “Noma” captures a common struggle in South Africa that pits a huge segment of the population against the government, law enforcement and private companies who perform evictions. Stylistically innovative, the social realism of the story brings home the struggle for justice and dignity in a difficult environment.

Noma is a young black woman that represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack that she shares with four other people: her two sons, her cousin and her younger brother. She is a strong woman who carries stoically the charge of being a single mother with two children; one of whom is a semi-paraplegic and blind disabled baby. What she wants, is to improve her life and her family's life. Her obstacles are: the harsh life she's already living, dealing with poverty and a disabled child. Added to this, the struggle of building a new house in a recent slum, facing violent evictions and consequently the possibility of loss of money invested in building materials.


Together with her in the same situation there's a group of people, who becomes a multitude after a while. This first little group approaches the already existent and combatant Marikana settlement dwellers in Philippi East, a suburb of Cape Town, for advice and guidance because the land they intend to occupy is adjacent to them. The Marikana settlement dwellers already faced evictions the precedent year and their case in court is still pending. After the meeting the people decide to occupy soon. They are the first group that starts to build the new settlement. Out of nowhere, built among rubbish and putrefactive skulls left in a flesh waste dumping area, a few dozen shacks emerge. First eviction, some houses are demolished. During that time Noma organises her materials, by the time she joins the new slum there are already hundreds of structures. Second eviction. Noma's shack gets destroyed together with many others. A succession of meetings and organisational gatherings for more building happens, but the situation becomes orderly disorganised with a constant river of small trucks bringing materials to load the massive food of shacks all over the previously vacant land. Noma in order to get materials again, makes the decision to purchase the structure she is currently living in, in Khayelitsha. Demolishing it and bringing those materials to the new settlement, building her new house for the second time. She does so partially but the next day a violent eviction occurs, this time Law Enforcement officers fire live ammunition.


Sizobalwa

Prod: EveryWhere Films
Director: Pablo Pinedo Boveda
Type: Short Documentary
Format: 720 25p
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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A visual poem made from a free adaptation of a press statement released by the shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Sizobalwa is a free adaptation of a press statement released by Abahlali baseMojondolo, after the illegal evictions occurred on May 2013, at the Marikana settlement in Philippi East, Cape Town, South Africa.