Wembley to Soweto
A still from Wembley to Soweto

Saturday 27 November 2010 will see a South African first when a live link will connect filmmakers and live event producers at the Bioscope in Johannesburg with their fellow artists at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London to discuss films, live events and issues affecting young people in both countries.

The event is produced by the International Youth Production Network and Wilton Pictures. The films explore issues affecting today’s youth, such as HIV/Aids, human trafficking and human rights.

“The range and quality of the films we’re screening is amazing, and there’ll be the chance to meet people from the world of film and television, engage in live debates and chat to young people from the UK and Africa,” says Noel Goodwin, education programmer for young people at the BFI.

Since 2006, the We The Peoples Film Festival has screened more than 100 films on human rights, development, security and peace. Its creative programming has included important initiatives such as the UK's first peace-themed film season, video-streaming workshops for NGOs and the world's first festival of films on international development by young directors, aged up to 19.

“It's exciting to have this cultural link, an exchange of ideas and visions between emerging film makers from the UK and Africa, which hopefully will be the beginning of a long-lasting legacy,” says South Africa-based producer Kweku Mandela Amuah.

Legendary UK film-maker Stephen Poliakoff adds: “This is a wonderful venture between our countries and a unique opportunity to see the work of all these young filmmakers.”

Wembley to Soweto

A key highlight is the world premier of documentary Wembley to Soweto, charting the journey of eight young township photographers during the 2010 World Cup.

In 1988, more than 80 000 people attended a concert at the UK’s Wembley Stadium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Nelson Mandela. Some 600-million global viewers tuned in, as the world sent many happy returns to prisoner 46664, and joined with him in spirit to demand an end to apartheid in South Africa. The iconic photograph of that momentous day was taken by the internationally renowned photographer John Cole.

In May and June 2010 John ran a four-week intensive photography course in Johannesburg. The course afforded an opportunity for eight young photographers, with varying levels of experience, to work alongside one of the world's best.

The course was not solely about taking striking images, it was about how to feed your family using a camera as the tool of your trade. Wembley to Soweto charts the extraordinary journey of these young South African photographers.

The film is a collaboration between South African production team PaperPush Productions and the UK’s Wilton Pictures.

  • Date: Saturday 27 November 2010
  • Time: 15h00 to 20h30
  • Venue: The Bioscope Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg

For more information contact: Tebogo Modisane on 083 415 3739, email teebo_m@yahoo.com