DER Documentary

When the Mountain Meets Its Shadow

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by Alexander Kleider and Daniela Michel
color, 80 min, 2009

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In hardly any other city of the world can poverty and wealth be found as close together. When the Mountain Meets Its Shadow tells the stories of Ashraf, Mne, Zoliswa and Arnold, who, each in their own way, fight for survival in the informal settlements around Cape Town. While Ashraf and his friend Mne from the Anti-Eviction Campaign fight against evictions, water and electricity cut-offs in the townships, Zoliswa and Arnold put their trust in their ability to work. Zoliswa, a single mother, is looking for a new position as a cleaner and Arnold trains as an armed guard to work in the booming security industry. When the city council wants to clear an entire informal settlement, Ashraf and his friend Mne are confronted with their own, undigested experiences from the apartheid years.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 2010
Dokumentarfilmwoch, Hamburg, 2010
DOCUDAYS, Kiew, 2010
Africa Alive Filmfestival, Frankfurt, 2010
South Africa Film Festival, Hamburg, 2010
DOXA Film Festival, Vancouver, 2010
GLOBALE Film Festival, Berlin, 2010
Durban International Film Festival, 2010
Architects Collective Film Festival, 2010

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