After generations of discrimination from colonial powers and the apartheid state, the South African people were finally free. As part of the fight against apartheid ten core principles was developed to create a more just society. The people would share in the country’s wealth and everyone would get proper homes. Slums would be demolished to make way for the new houses.
Noyoyo lives in rural Eastern Cape and is one out of many where living conditions is about to improve drastically. After several years of living in different shacks she will finally move in to a new government-built house. But not everything turns out the way she hoped for. Once she moves in it comes clear in what condition the house is. There are long cracks in the walls, no insulation and the bills for the electricity starts to pail up.
Noncedo lives in one of the largest townships outside Cape Town. Together with her neighbours she has put pressure on politicians to start the construction of new houses as promised, but so far they have only received empty words. She realizes that nothing will happen without a struggle. And so she starts planning.
A FILM WITH Noncedo Bulana & Noyoyo
DIRECTED & PRODUCED Alex Veitch
SOUND Maria Genberg & Alex Veitch
EDITED Sascha Fülscher & Alex Veitch
SOUND MIX David Gülich WITH SUPPORT FROM Jacob Gustavsson, Anouk Van Otterloo & Alex Veitch
TEXTS Emma Rydin
XHOSA TRANSALTION Sabelo Kopiso, Phumeza Ndidi, Randy Veitch & Lunga WWMP
ORIGINAL MUSIC Jacob Gustavsson & Andrea Ek Frisk, Anouk Van Otterloo
CO-PRODUCTION Film i Skåne, Lisa Nyed
THANKS TO Martin Jansen, Judith Kennedy, Kim Munsamy, Michael Blake, Muriel Makhatini Olsson, Daliwonga Mayekiso and to my whole family in Sweden and South Africa.
All the people at: Workers World Media Production, Färnebo Folkhögskola, ILRIG, Folkbildning i södra Afrika, RåFILM
BIG THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR ALL
LENGTH 10 min
LANGUAGE English & Xhosa
In this film the fight for houses is a symbol of the wider issue of economic redistribution and democatiosation. For the majority of South Africans the end of the apartheid regime did not lead to economic improvements and in many cases it got even worse. As realizing that the new government is not delivering what was promised it comes clear – the people have to fight for their rights once again.
Two women struggle for decent living conditions in a post apartheid South Africa.
In South Africa over twenty years have passed since the fall of apartheid and the first free elections. Noyoyo will, after two years of waiting, finally move into her new government-built house. Noncedo has had enough of the politicians empty words and starts building a barricade to fight for houses. In this documentary based on still image photography we meet two South African women and their struggle for decent living conditions.