Documentary: Short

17 minutes/ 2014
Documentary Short
Director: Idrissa Camara
Country: Guinea
Synopsis: Dancing is part of our identity, its part of who we are, how we express ourselves. Fara Ta - Land of Dance is a first attempt to document some of the dance practices in Guinea, West Africa and pose the question on what is meant by "traditional" African-dance. Idrissa Camara is a dancer and musician from Guinea Conakry and founder of Ballet Nimba, a UK- based African-Dance Theatre company. In 2013 he won an ADAD Trailblazer Fellowship (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) and used the bursary to travel back to Guinea to record the urban and village dance practices of his homeland. As Idrissa puts it Wales, my new home country is often called the "land of Song", so then surely Guinea must be "the land of Dance"!

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9 minutes / 2014
Documentary Short
Director: Sive Runeli
Country: South Africa
Synopsis: In this very personal film, young filmmaker, Sive Runeli raises questions about Itlawulo – an age long tradition where a man pays damages to a girl if he gets pregnant before marriage. When cultural protocol is not followed the girl, her house and the child is "shamed". According to these rules Sive has brought shame to her house but she does not want her young son to have to carry this burden. As a young modern Xhosa woman that has to behave according to the rules of the past and her culture while living in the present, Sive finds it difficult to address these questions with her immediate family. In this film, she invites us to accompany her as she visits two elders who are well versed in cultural matters with hope that this will lead to a resolution for her.

10:30 minutes / 2014
Documentary Short
Director: Muchaneta Manyegavana
Country: South Africa
Synopsis: Alpha Mthembu is a Zulu young man who was sent to a children's home at age eight where he grew up only able to speak English and Afrikaans. Now as a teenager, he undertakes a journey back to his Zulu roots to fulfill a lifelong desire to learn his Zulu culture and language.