From January – April 2018 the solar powered mobile cinema hosted a series of free screenings at GugaSthebe in Langa, Cape Town. The screenings included films such as Inxeba: The Wound, Five Fingers for Marseille, The Winnie Mandela Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, Kalushi and Strike A Rock.
The screenings also included a series of facilitated discussions led by community leaders and activists.
For Inxeba our Speakers were – LGBTQI Activist Lebo Mcanyi, Queer Traditional Leader Phari Sefali, Embo Cultural Commitee Member for Langa Initiation Camp – Facilitated by Arts Activist Fatima Dike. For Strike A Rock ourSpeakers were Phd Candidate in Women Mining Rights, Camalita Naicker and Sociology Professor at UCT – Asanda Benya facilitated by performance artist and feminist activist Vuyokazi Ngemntu. For I am Not Your Negro our Speakers were Mandy Sanger of District Six Musuem, Siviwe Mbanda of Langa Tourism Platform and Judy Sikuza of Mandela Rhodes Foundation – facilitated by performance artist and feminist activist Vuyokazi Ngemntu. For Winnie Mandela Documentary our Speakers were Phd Candidate in Black Feminism Studies, Wanelisa Xaba and Poet & Writer Sindiwe Magona facilitated by Sunshine Cinema Project Manager Khosi Dali. For Five Fingers for Marseille our Speakers were Sean Drummond – writer/producer of film, and Sandz Tshwefu – assistant editor on the film, facilitated by Sunshine Cinema Project Manager Khosi Dali.
We received 200 audience members per event, total of 1200 direct audience members . It was a diverse audience, fifty percent local Langa township audience, and fifty percent middle class audience from City and Suburb areas of Cape Town – mix of black and white, and mix of genders. The reactions from audience members were very positive responses to the films as well as the post screening discussions, well attended, most audience members almost always stayed till the end of the discussions section.
It was a brilliant four months, and our team worked really well together. We did not have any major issues at any of the screenings, and people were really supportive. The only thing would be next time we would include fundraising efforts to provide transport so more people from different townships could access the screenings.