Barnyard Theatre | Main Jul 16, 2019 14:00 - 15:00

Discovering the next generation of nature, environment & wildlife filmmakers and storytellers.

Rise from the Cape Flats
14:00 - 14:10

The film is about a young man who lives in one of Cape Town's most roughest areas, on the Cape Flats , where he tries to make a difference not only in his community but in his country and ultimately the world. Along with his love for the ocean he goes out and gets an education on how to use his new found skill in Freediving to touch and change the lives of others while protecting the ocean and its wildlife.

Whisperers of The Delta
14:10 - 14:20

Set in the Okavango Delta, inhabitants of the small communities of Ditshiping and Boro live an unconventional way of life of co-existence in an ecosystem which is home to the most dangerous species of the African wilderness, THE BIG FIVE (Lion, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Elephant). Due diligence of respect to territory is the only way to stay alive for the people of the wetlands.

This documentary utilizes the technique of a Travel Video Blog. Told from my perspective as the traveler (director) and the perspective of the people I encounter as I enter this fascinating safari paradise. The aim of this documentary is to express how the unconventional lifestyle of the people of the Okavango Delta has had a major impact in conserving the wild species and the nature of the Delta. As members of these Delta communities invite me into their unconventional lifestyle of human-animal co-existence, the story reveals the spectacular connection humans have with nature in their due diligence to respect of territory, all entirely based on human instinct for the sole purpose of survival.

14:20 - 14:30

Umphakatsi eco village is situated in a small village town of Steyndorp in the province of Mpumalanga, near the border with Swaziland. It is in the centre of the MAKHONJA MOUNTAINS, recently declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by Sarah Motha an eco-green conservationist activist, with a background in law. She has a deep indigenous knowledge of green solutions for the preservation of knowledge systems. 

The story centres around her as she tries to make Umphakatsi  a space where healing, learning, planting and restoration of respect for nature an the world takes place. Umphakatsi means community in Isisswati. The language used mainly by the community village where the project is located.

The story will seek to showcase the wonderful work done by Sarah Motha in raising awareness in the community and also conserving indigeneous ways of conservation. The story centres around her as she shares her journey as a conservationist in her community, the dreams for the future and the knowledge she has imparted to the young generations coming up, about the ways of old and how to take care of nature using traditional ways and also infusing modern ways into the equation. 

Pango - The Unchained Pangolin
14:30 - 14:40
Presented by : Mrs. Tami Marriott

Follow the extraordinary journey of Pango, the unchained pangolin. First discovered in February 2019, when a wildlife security team intercepted an illegal pangolin sale, Pango was found in the boot of the perpetrators' car, having survived two weeks without food or water. Now, the vets and caretakers at the African Pangolin Working Group must fight to save her life.

Like them, Chief Christopher Zimunya is fighting to save the lives of all pangolins, by working with the Zimbabwean government to use traditional leaders and African folklore to combat pangolin poaching on the continent. Perhaps, if they are successful, Pango will be the last of her kind to struggle for a return to the wild. 

For now, Pango must still overcome incredible odds in her journey to release, fighting for her life and for her freedom. This is a story of struggle, a story of hope, and an animal on the brink of extinction. This is her story. 

Meeting the Tides
14:40 - 14:50

Elderly ladies drag their whole families to the pristine beaches of northern KwaZulu Natal, to join in the festivities of mussel harvest day. With a bucket in hand and a screw driver, they wake up bright and early and on a spring low tide to collect mussels that are big enough to eat. Years ago, these communities were refused access to the mini paradise they call home. The apartheid government relocated them away from paradise, into poverty. This led to an eruption of lawlessness and violence. Post 1994, rural coastal dwellers and the local conservation authority established a committee that will manage the access to the resource and ensure that it is harvested fairly and sustainably. Before the fences were up, traditional fishers used a rotational harvesting system that allowed for the mussels and other marine resources to reseed naturally, and recuperate before the next cycle. They were displaced from their own land, and later told how to use a resource that they've using all their lives. This story is about the unheard voices of a traditional fishers and how these changes have affected their lives. This story is about the unheard voices of the traditional coastal communities.

I-Select Studio
Emerging Film Producer
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Biodiversity Economy Coordinator and Resource use Ecologist
#seathebiggerpicture Ocean Initiative
Vice chairman
Butterfly Project
newf pitch finalist
+ 4 more speakers. View All
Tshedza Media
Executive Producer


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