WarChild: A Short Film by Soweto Collective, I See A Different You

By: Nomkhosi Nkambule (@K_Nkambule)

The use of Tshivenda to portray this story is a representation of the balancing act between tradition and modern day aspirations. In a generation that is redefining what culture means to them, it is positive to see creative artists who realise the value that comes with the embracement and knowledge of their heritage.

Director(s): ISeeADifferentYou (ISADY)

Producer: Neil Roberts

Cinematography: Devin Toselli

Available on  Vimeo

‘WarChild’, an explorative short film in the body of a 90 second commercial, tells the untold story of a Sowetan boxer living in constant survival mode and yet, still finds the time to dream.  Rofhiwa Maemu started off as an aspiring boxer. With no form of sponsorship and here-today-gone-tomorrow coaches, it was his persistence to consistently show up and master his survival tactics that awarded him the title of an ‘up-and-coming’ champion in the eyes of the director.

This is the creative trio, ISeeADifferentYou (ISADY)’s first Tshivenda film (and South Africa’s second after the release of Elewani, the first Venda feature film, which opened earlier this year). The use of Tshivenda to portray this story is a representation of the balancing act between tradition and modern day aspirations. In a generation that is redefining what culture means to them, it is positive to see creative artists who realise the value that comes with the embracement and knowledge of their heritage.

ISADY have been widely recognised for the stories they portray through their photography. Twin brothers, Fhatuwani and Innocent Mukheli have the pleasure of working alongside their childhood friend, Vuyo Mpantsha and together, they share a common love for Sowetan and its people.  The film’s producer, Neil Roberts, wanted a new and interesting business proposition when he decided to team up with ISADY to form 3 Quarter Pictures.  The film was released on Vimeo in April this year.

FURTHER READING:

Watch the ISeeADifferentYou talk about their craft at TEDx Soweto

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