Genre: Lived Documentary
Duration: 90 minutes
Participant: Jeffrey Mundell
Music: Judo Push
The film HORN is a lived documentary that creatively investigates the issue of rhino poaching by focusing on specific anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Waterberg region. The intention is to determine how effective anti-poaching as a solution-driven method is to combat the surge in organised poaching. A key dimension is the assessment of anti-poaching training as a forward-looking strategy that serves the protection of not only rhinos, but also the wider community. This includes an evaluation of the physical and psychological impact of such training by following an actor playing a specifically created character within a real-life training situation. The intention is to thereby explore sustainable solutions to this dilemma while simultaneously commenting on the wider socio-political context connected to the survival of the South African rhinos.
By including the contributions of community leaders in South Africa as well as figures working at the forefront of rhino conservation, HORN not only highlights some of the problems facing rhino conservation, but it also points out some of the significant social problems facing the communities in the affected areas – specifically in relation to education, HIV, security and accountability.
Genre: Narrative Short Film
Estimated Duration: 27 minutes
Topic: Female Genital Mutilation
Cutting Silence is a short film particularly suitable as an installation piece. It tells the story of a small contemporary North African family having to deal with the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The main focus of the film falls on a young mute woman, Haadiya, who has lived with the effects of FGM all her life. Now that the time has come for her own daughter, Karida, to be circumcised, lost memories about her own experience start to return and fill her mind with doubt. However, a culture that demands infabulation (cutting and sewing shut) for social acceptance makes her situation more complex.
When Tawvah, bearing the hidden scars of her own infabulation, shows up to do the circumcision on Karida, Haadiya is forced to make a quick and drastic decision.