Post apartheid South Africa has yet to be truly discovered. It is wonderful to meet South Africans in South America whilst I travel and speak to them about their country and her history. Often the discussion revolves around the racial tension between the whites and blacks. However, little does the world know about the tensions within the blacks as well as within the whites. It never ceases to amaze me. The level of racial tension is implicit, yet the society continues to function. For instance, when a foreigner wishes to travel into a township, he/she would be recommended to exit the car loudly and obnoxiously to indicate that he/she is not a local. However, the situation would differ for a white South African going into a township. Simply put, it would not be recommended.
During my stay in Cape Town, I had the opportunity to attend a film screening initiated by a campaign; Unite as One. It seeks to explore cultural diversity and identity. Particularly focussing on the major issue of xenophobia. A fellow friend invited me to attend this screening in the suburb of Observatory, in a small cosy restaurant/pub. If time permits and you have a keen interest, please take the time to watch the videos below. They are created and directed by heart felt professionals in the film industry and the people in the videos are true accounts of what is really happening.
The Untold Story. An account of a girl who is a xenophobic target.
The Great Move.
The Girl Next Door. This is my favorite video, which captures the emotional trauma that children go through.