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The National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa) in conjunction with the Department of Communication’s National Digital Repository project will be screening the documentary FedeFokol: 25 Years of South African Hip Hop at the Back to the City Youth Freedom Day Festival on 27 April.

The screening will be a 20-minute extract of the documentary Fedefokol followed by a panel discussion.

The documentary chronicles the development of South African hip hop from 1985 to 2012. It features well-known artists, record executives and media people such as Proverb, AkA, Ready D (Prophets of the City), DJ Lemonka, Lance Stehr, Hype magazine and Vusi Leeuw. It also features artist who were part of the development of hip hop but are not widely recognised, such as Mfundisi Ntshebe, Karamo, Bob Mabena and new unsigned talent.

The screening will take place on the 27 April at 10 am at Museum Africa as part of the Back to the City festival’s hip hop summit. The Fedefokol documentary is part of the NDR project, a 13-part, 48-minute part television documentary series on South African heritage called South Africa Undocumented. Extracts of the documentary will be available on the NDR portal throughout the month of April as part of their celebration of South African hip hop.

The National Digital Repository project is a youth initiative that seeks to digitise and preserve South African heritage. The project was started in 2009 by the Department of Communication and is run by the National Electronic Media Institute, a Section 21 company based in Parktown that specialises in training young people in radio, animation, graphic design and television.

The project started with collecting audiovisual recordings of South African heritage as seen from the perspective of young unemployed people from around the country. The stories were then cut into videos, photographs and write-ups, which were posted on the NDR website for public consumption. In 2012 the project set out to film 13 48-minutes documentaries for television, later re-cut for the web. The stories were shot in high definition, and covered all nine provinces, in 14 different languages. The project has empowered young start-up companies and first-time film makers. The documentaries cover unsung heroes, historical figures, the anti-apartheid struggle, cultural issues and the arts.

For more information on the NDR visit http://ndr.org.za/. For more information on Nemisa visit http://www.nemisa.co.za/.