Don't miss the Ekurhuleni Film/Doccie “Struu” Festival on 3 February.

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History is best documented by those whose sole purpose is to redress the injustices of the past. The principal essence of art in the larger society isn’t only to raise awareness, but also educate the masses through a constructive form of informative entertainment. Some stories are suitably told throughal phabetical stains of ink on a white paper, while others ideally reach the right ears as soothing voices behind the microphone. But the greatest of mind capturing legends are related through a candid lens of a camera.

The Ekurhuleni Arts and Culture Recreation Forum has perpetually endorsed home-grown content throughout its productive existence. In this context; our career bolstering organization serves as an incubator for any local brainchild within the frontiers of creativity. Our latest initiative is a film/documentary festival that’s resolute on incessantly urging the significance of reconciliation andmedia literacy. Falsehood is a bitter account, hence the proof is in the pudding. The event is titled;Ekurhuleni Film/Doccie “Struu” Festival. The term, “Struu,” in its name is in reference to the abysmal truth that is set to be uncovered from the project in question.

The aforementioned festival will take place on the 3rd of February 2021. Some struggle heroes aremarginalized, while some historical occurrences are kept on the clandestine – But we aim to bringeverything to light through the intrinsicality, and open dynamics of the documentary that we’re going toscreen on the day of the event. KATHORUS – THE HISTORY is a politically riveting documentary thatfocuses on post popular violence warfare that was largely rife in Ekurhuleni during the early 1990s, andcontinued to cause a vast communal unrest until circa pre-millennium. The purpose of this shor tdocumentary that was created and produced through a dual effort by Mphonyana Matelile, andSkhumbuzo Sithebe, is to remedy the residual trauma that was primarily engendered by the apartheid policy.

Every era comes with its own challenges. In the past, the battle was against an oppressive system, but we’re currently faced with a global pandemic that restricts creatives and their fanatics all over the country from gathering in relatively large numbers. It’s for that particular reason that we need to adhere to the safety protocols, and conduct the festival virtually. The virtual event will be broadcasted and viewed through live streaming on digital mediums such as Facebook (Ekurhuleni Arts Culture andRecreation Forum), YouTube ( Ekurhuleni Art and Culture Forum), Instagram (EkurhuleniArtCultureForum), and Twitter ( @Ekurhuleni Art and Culture Forum).

Our program director will be Mandla Namo, while speeches relevant to the event and film industry willbe delivered by keynote speakers ranging from our chairperson, Jabu Tabudi, and Poloko, to the CCIFSA,and SAACYF. There’ll also be a representative from the Gauteng Film Commission; and our panel discussion will include Mpho Ntlatseng, Khanyi Magubane, and Thabang Papercutt Moloto. Beautiful initiatives garner complimentary support. In our case; the Gauteng Film Commission, Graphic Design,and Youth Global Enterprise, have all came forward to publicly aid our organization in making a successout of the presentation.

“Muntu emntwini” sounds like a fundamental classification of unity at face value. However; in this context, it’s a witty depiction of the imposition of black on black violence occurred in a democratically immature South Africa. It’s part of our community building and talent channeling plans to make it anannual event after its inauguration. The event will be mainly made of three components; capacity building, documentary screening, and panel discussion. We’re making history through history, and it’s going be a film!