I'M Original Productions
A timeless, universal documentary filmed entirely in the lift of Africa's tallest apartment: 56 floors and 4400 people.
Located in Johannesburg, Ponte, the tallest residential building in Africa, houses more than 4000 people, many of them refugees and migrants who have travelled from every corner of the continent in pursuit of a better life. AFRICA SHAFTED: UNDER ONE ROOF poignantly captures the opinions of these ordinary, diverse individuals, humanising them and affording an honest glimpse into the tragic reality of xenophobia.
South Africa 2011, English, DVD PAL, 55 min
Producer, director, camera operator and editor: Ingrid Martens
Production manager: Bronwyn Nesbitt
Assistant director: Mandla Mlambo
On-line editor: Stephen Abbott
Final mix editor: Brett Barnes
Website creator and designer: Chevon Erasmus Porter
I'M Original Productions
In Johannesburg, South Africa, it is its landmark and Africa's tallest residential building. Built in 1976 for white people only. Today it's feared, as it's now home to Africa. Almost 4000 people lived in Ponte when the filming started in 2006.
Eight lifts, fifty four floors, four hundred flats and four thousand people.
Quotes from residents:
"This is actually the organisation of African unity building."
"It's the only place, that they accommodate foreigners without having problems. You understand?"
SUPPORTED BY MUSICIANS ACROSS AFRICA
A very big thank you goes to the musicians, music companies and the various individuals that assisted to make it possible to use the amazing music in the film. They have added their voice to this important film that brings out the beautiful humanity of Africa and people living as refugees and migrant workers across the globe. (in order of appearance in the film)
"isizathu" performed by Bongeziwe Mabandla
b o n g e z i w e m a b a n d l a / 3 4 0 m l m u s i c
www.bongeziwemabandla.co.za & www.340mlmusic.com
"africa" performed by Jackson Kaujeua
j a c k s o n k a u j e u a / n a s c a m
"mainte" performed by 3MA
3 m a / c o n t r e - j o u r
www.project3MA.com & www.contrejour.com
(madagascar, mali and morocco/belgium)
"shosholoza"performed by SACATESCO
s o u t h a f r i c a n c a t h o l i c t e e n a g e r s f r o m s o w e t o / d r a l a n p e t e r
2011 | 32nd Durban International Film Festival
* Selection Filmmaker in attendance
Un retrato √ļnico de la Sud√°frica de la actualidad, filmado durante cuatro a√Īos en los elevadores del edificio Ponte en Johannesburgo. Este edificio construido en 1976 narra la historia de la ciudad as√≠ como la de Sud√°frica.
Documental / Sud√°frica / 2011 / 55 min. / Color /
Direcci√≥n, producci√≥n, fotograf√≠a, edici√≥n: Ingrid Martens