FEATURE EVENT || Thur Mar 29 7:30pm
a fundraiser for Education without Borders
A story about children’s dreams in the townships of South Africa … Their dreams form a metaphor for the future of a country that will depend on this young generation.
LEAVING MANDELA PARK
The Vancouver South African Film Festival is pleased to announce that REEL CAUSES has generously sponsored this fundraiser for Education without Borders. Please join us for this special presentation of LEAVING MANDELA PARK a story about the extraordinary drive of children to escape the harsh reality of township life through music and dance. Director Saskia Vredeveld
SYNOPSIS: A story about children’s dreams in the townships of South Africa. Each child has an extraordinary drive to escape the harsh reality of everyday life through music and dance. Siseko sings opera escaping the abuse by his father, Cynthia plays the saxofoon while stayieng out of the hands of gangsters, and Guava sings kwaito on streetcorners while Pinkie dances her way out of poverty. Their dreams are not isolated. They form a metaphor for the future of a country that will depend on this young generation.(Vancouver South African Film Festival)
Director, script Saskia Vredeveldector
Script Bart de Graaff
Camera Melle van Essen
Editing Riekje Ziengs
Sound Frenk van de Sterre
Music Hans Helawaut
Producers Frank van den Engel, Mara Mouwen, Willemijn Ceruttie
Zeppers Film, co-production Off World, Belgum., Ikon, Cobo Funds, Dutch Fi
Education without Borders (EwB) is a Canadian non-profit created in 2002. Our mandate is to provide improved educational opportunities in the poorly-resourced townshipse of South Africa. Currently, EwB’s efforts are focused on Fezeka Secondary, Songeze Middle School, and the surrounding community of Gugulethu, on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.
Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.