Leaving Mandela Park

Saskia Vredeveld

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a documentary film by Saskia Vredeveld, in coproduction with Zeppers Film & TV, IKON and Lichtpunt with support from VAF, NFF, coBo-fund and thuiskopiefonds


Leaving Mandela Park is a kaleidoscopic documentary about the dreams of children living in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. It tells the story of five youngsters with a special drive to escape, however briefly, the drabness of everyday reality.

Gauva left his hometown as a little boy because he didn’t see a future. Someone discovered his singing talents and now he performs on the streets and sells his CD’s to the spectators. Cynthia lives in a neighbourhood where gangs shoot at each other, but has her saxophone as a means of escape. Pinky studies hard to realise her dream - a stone house -, dancing to lighten her life. Music and dance turn out to be the means of survival for these children.
These dreams do not stand on their own. They are a metaphor for the hopeful future of a country trying to drag itself up from a mire of poverty and violence. Leaving Mandela Park shows the incredible resilience and vitality of these children.

THEATRICAL RELEASE HOLLAND:
15 APRIL 2010, by cinema delicatessen
BELGIAN PREMIERE:
DOCVILLE, INTERNATIONAL DOCUMANTARY FESTIVAL, LEUVEN, BELGIUM // 3 May 2010
INTERNATIONAL SALES:
NPO-SALES

Credits

WITH: SIBUSISO 'PINKY' SIBINDI, 'GUAVA' ASAVELA MDLUNGU, SISEKO GQALAQHA, CYNTHIA DAMON, SIZWE MRABALALA

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY SASKIA VREDEVELD

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MELLE VAN ESSEN
SOUND ENGINEER FRENK VAN DER STERRE
ORIGINAL MUSIC HANS HELEWAUT
SOUND MIX YVES DEMEY
COMMISSIONING EDITORS MARGJE DE KONING, WIM VAN ROMPAEY
PRODUCER ZEPPERS FILM FRANK VAN DEN ENGEL

Director

Saskia Vredeveld
Born:    Cape Town, South Africa



Filmography

Leaving Mandela Park, 2010, children’s dreams in the townships of South Africa. IKON (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 52 and 80 min. Stories from iKhaya is a mosaic of children’s dreams in the  townships of South Africa and the special drive to escape the harsh reality of everyday existence through music and dance.

White Poverty in the new South Africa, 2009 selected for IDFA 2009, IKON (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 52 min. A story of a rapidly increasing group, the poor whites in South Africa, people who live out of  sight, in silence, and in shame.

No More Heroes, 2007, NPS (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) 50 min. portrait of a pop-photographer

Memento Mori, 2005, artistic short movie about death, 15 min. 16 mm film b/w,
festivals and art galleries throughout Europe

Self Portrait, Roger Ballen, 2002, portrait of a photographer and poor white people in South Africa, 50 min. DVCam, NPS (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.), Springbok Film, broadcasted in several countries

Bijlmer Blues, 2002, about detained peoples dreams, DVCam, 50 min., Humanistische omroep (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.), Springbok Film.

Out of Eden, 2001, the renaissance van de bushmen, 70 min, 16mm
IKON (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.), Springbok film
competition Joris Ivens Award, IDFA
    
The Train to Havana, 2000, Stories about revolution and Love, DVCam, 52 min., Humanistische omroep (Dutch      National Broadcast Comp.), Pieter van Huystee film.

Across the Border, a never ending war
, 1999, a portrait of war veterans in South Africa, 55 min, 16 mm, VPRO (Dutch    National Broadcast Comp.) broadcasted in several countries
Little Groningen, 1998, a film about Dutch emigrants in Tasmania, (co-scenarist R. Fraser), 55 min, ID-TV, EO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.)

Look at the beautiful World, 1997, an ego-documentary DV, 55 min., VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.).

Sadomasochism, Why?, 1994 from the series ‘Sex, je lust en je leven’. an international sex educational film, Meteor Film, 65  min.

Kapa Kunjani, 1994 series about the ‘new’ South Africa, 4 x 30 min., VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.)

Never Again, 1993, youth & child documentary about racism, 15 min, EBU, VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.) broadcasted in 13 European countries.

Beloved Country, 1992, a portrait of extreme-right wing people in South Africa, 16 mm, 50 min., NPS (Dutch National Broadcast Comp), cinema, international film festivals, broadcasted in several countries

Transcultural influences on contemporan art, 1991, a documentary for  an Art foundation, 45 min.

40 Minutes of Fame, 1990, about young people that want to become famous, 40 min., VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp)

Homesick of South Africa, 1988, personal documentary film about apartheid, 3 x 50 min., VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp)

Sadomasochism, a sexual variant, 1982, Film academy, 20 min.


Television (Items, clips, reports,...)
From 1985, various television program genres: children and youth televsion programs for VPRO (Dutch National Broadcast Comp.); reports and items for VPRO, Veronica en SBS 6, Wereld Omroep, Moslim Omroep, MTNL; a personal music program on Music Box,
Video clips, pop concerts and a cd-i educational film.

Fiction
What are you Doing?, short dramatised home movies, ID-TV, NPS // 12 cities, 13 accidents, single play, 25 min., ID-TV, Vara // The man in the Window, single play, 30 min. The Black Future, a short film about family murder in South Africa, NOS, screened at several film festivals //  Comedy sketches, with Jango Edwards, broadcasted  in 10 countries, ID-TV, EBU // Interferences, Dutch Film & Television Academy, screened at several film festivals, winner of the incentive prize of the Dutch Film Makers Society // Assistant Director feature Film Blonde Dolly

Others activities
•    Jury member for the Golden Calf competition Holland Film Festival Utrecht, 1998
•    Lecturer documentary Dutch Film & Television Academy
•    Lecturer at Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), Open Studio, (Amsterdam),
•    Commission advisor for documentaries at the Ditch Film Fund (2003-2006)
•    Mira Media, commission advisor (2005-2006)
•    Camera work for various networks and filmmakers.

Trailer

Awards / Festivals

UTRECHT FILM FESTIVAL
nomimated for a GOUDEN KALF, BEST DOCUMENTARY

THEATRICAL RELEASE HOLLAND
15 APRIL 2010, by cinema delicatessen

BELGIAN PREMIERE:
DOCVILLE, INTERNATIONAL DOCUMANTARY FESTIVAL, LEUVEN, BELGIUM // 3 May 2010

INTERNATIONAL SALES:
NPO-SALES

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