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“Afrikaner Blood”

Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s were awarded first place in the 2012 World Press Multimedia for “Afrikaner Blood,” a disturbing look at the South African right-wing organization Kommandokorps.

A group of White South African teenagers spend nine days in holiday camp program at Carolina, South Africa.  Camp is held by a fringe right-wing group, Kommandokorps, to learn about their Afrikaner heritage, train for war and learn the beliefs of their Kommandokorps leader, former apartheid leader Franz Joose. Many of these teens are from the “born free” generation and have grown up knowing South Africa through the lens of Nelson Mandela’s vision of a multicultural Rainbow Nation. They were born after the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien document the camp for young Dutch and German descendents known as Afrikaners in “Afrikaner Blood.” Teens wear old South African army uniforms still riddled with bloodstains and bullet holes as they engage in mock battles and are indoctrinated in the beliefs of the Afrikaners, revealing a glimpse into of an underlying atmosphere of Racism that still permeates South Africa

“Inside disaster”

“Inside disaster” gives us a first-person simulated point of view into experiences following the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Haiti earthquake.

Produced for PTV Productions, shortly after landing in Haiti to document the monumental quake, filmmakers Michael Gibson and Nicolas Jolliet decided to create a first-person simulation of the quake from three different points of view; the survivor, the journalist and the aid worker.

Built from hundreds of hours of first-hand footage and thousands of photographs, the immersive simulation builds tension as the viewer chooses which way to navigate through the sights and sounds of post-quake Haiti.

“A Thousand More”

Mediastorm’s “A Thousand More,” is a story that reaches the viewer on an emotional level and gives the lesson of how important we are to one another. Poignant interviews and simple and clean cinematography go right to the heart of the story, young Philly Mayer. As a toddler, Philly was happy and full of energy. His dad thought he had the center for his basketball team. Then before his first birthday Philly was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare disease that leaves the spine underdeveloped. Philly would lose his ability to walk and his motor skills began to degenerate.

As the film unfolds we see a child who in the midst of powered wheelchairs and medical devices always seems to be playful and full of hope, despite the physical challenges he must endure. Philly has an attitude worth a million bucks, he’s always-inspiring smiles. He is the glue that holds his family together.

“Mary Ellen Mark”

If you’ve studied photography or have an interest in the craft you should know Mary Ellen Mark. Her stark and often simple compositions exude emotion and truth beyond words. Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s iconic images have carved her way into photographic history. In “Profoto Presents Iconic Mary Ellen Mark,” we hear the photographer talk about making the choices to follow her passion, what she looks for in when making a photograph and what it takes to be exceptional in her craft. This is a must view for anyone following their passion to hone a craft.

1 Comment

  1. April 20, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s made the age old mistake many want to blame others. Stereotyping.

    South Africa in comparison with the US the roles are changed. In a big way. The whites are the minority, and like we were getting used to, became people to be picked on from an American perspective. South Africa's problems, cultures, and politics are not like those of the US. Very far from. Needless to say many American's view South Africa through their "American western" eyes when in fact, the African culture is not near those perceptions.

    In this documentary, Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s, makes a movie of a small minority of Afrikaners. About 200. Afrikaners are 2. 5million people, and like many of us came used to, the majority of Afrikaners are just too boring to make documentaries about. Journalists like Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s of course choose the easy option. They go for a group of people they can understand in terms of language and culture. Should they have made a movie of black hate groups, which is why this "kommando korps" exist, and which is far more violent and racist, the chances of Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien’s "infiltrating" such groups will be zero. They will not understand the culture, the language, and the black hate groups will not allow two whites into their group.

    So in all fairness, these documentaries are easy pickings for cheap journalism. It feeds ignorance, and the ignorant, not knowing that the Afrikaner is a big group. And that a bigger group exists of law abiding people that is no different than from the rest of the people out there in this world.

    Cheap journalism feeds the ignorance to stereotype. And this is precisely what this documentary did.

    You can bet documentaries like these gives ignorant people the "license" to be racist, towards 2. 5 million people, they were made (in this documentary) to believe to be all "racist". Welcome to the world of mass Ignorance.

    By: henrileriche

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