Visual Awakening: Screen Your Imagination hosted by Artizens of Joburg & IMSurreal Live.

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Visual Awakening | Screen Your Imagination

Visual Awakening #ScreenYourImagination was the first screening hosted by IMSurreal Live and Artizens of Joburg at M Studio Community. This gathering brought together a community of young budding filmmakers with a shared passion for a whole new world of visuals. The night featured performances by Slabsta and Iindirhe, and facilitator’s Amogelang Lekwadu and Nthabeleng Masudubele kept the audience engaged.

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Nthabeleng Masudubele. 

As you walk into M Studio Communities showroom you are welcomed by eye capturing contemporary art, with Visuals projected onto the wall.

The programme started out with the screening of La Voyage by BlaqNWhyte Pictures, which follows the story of an upcoming Visual Artist Levoy Dlamini and his journey in the contemporary art world in South Africa’s Art Industry. This documentary sparked a conversation around the landscape of the business of art in South Africa. The second film Sophiatown was a student production led by Ray Manzana, the film is a coming of age story that follows a young man’s journey from rural life to urban locations, and the culture shock that follows.

The second half of the screening was opened by Creation produced by Onndisa Sengani, a sci-fi film that poses the question, Is love something that humans can create? The film challanges the technological era and its ability to manufacture human characteristics and emotions. The closing film was Mercy produced by  King, It tells a story of a victim and a perpetrator in a post-apartheid South Africa in a fragile present day when the side-effects affect both parties differently.

Be on the lookout for more exciting events for the visual community by Screen Your Imagination.

Watch video -> Visual Awakening | Screen Your Imagination.

 

Vision Feminine | Screen Your Imagination.

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Vision Feminine – (The vision of the feminine) female narratives that shine a light on female stories which are told by women.

This is the second screening by Screen Your Imagination Film Club hosted by Artizens of Joburg And IMSurreal Live.

This womens month we aim to give a platform to women in film and television, on screen and behind the scenes. This platform encourages equality and female empowerment in the film and TV landscape.

Join us on the 26th August as we discover the new generation of women in film and television.

4 De Beer Street, Braamfontein
15h00 – 20h00
RSVP : screenyourimagination@gmail.com
(No RSVP, R20 at entrance).

 

Hip Hop Cares VI #SoCool.

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On the 1st of July 2017, we took a trip back to the home of the Hip Hop Cares Foundation, Limpopo Burgersfort for Hip Hop Cares VI which was hosted by Slabsta and Tshepang Gosebo Mokgari. We caught up with the Founder Dizz Kekana and he explained the importance of hip hop music and giving back to the community.

HHCVI-40“Our charity foundation draws its power from hip hop and thats how important and relevant it is to culture. The capacity the artform has to bring people together. Hip hop cares VI #socool is about affirming the way of life that is hip hop.” – Dizz Kekana

The night was filled with performances by local talents, Fess, Immo Kid, Pearly Hooks, Turm, Ab Stun and many more.

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In an effort to preserve hip hop culture, this event featured a top 8 Rap battle with a grand prize of R1000. The rap battle featured, Oz, Monster Saint, King Solomon, Classic, Krazy H and Junior. After rounds of heated battles Junior emerged the King of bars and flows winning 1st place.

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You have to admire the foundations tireless efforts to consistently shine a light on Hip Hop and drawing positivity out of the contervisail culture.

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Watch video -> Hip Hop Cares VI #SoCool.

Negativity Diet II: Positive Thinking.

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Following a piece that I wrote about going on a negativity diet, I thought let me share the power of positive thinking.

One of the most important keys to living a great life is to always stay positive no matter what happens in life. This is especially important if you are seeking higher success, you cannot move forward and go on to achieve your goals if you stay in a negative state. Negativity will drag you down and stop you from moving to a higher ground.

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative) but then again, positive thinking is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence” but those views may be changing.

Positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile. The benefits of positive emotions don’t stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. In fact the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life. In other words, when you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that proved that positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open up your mind to more various options.

In conclusion, seek joy, play often and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest.

Written by Jeanette Tshakane.

Hidden In The Womb.

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I have sung to the stars, the moon and the earth. Shed a tear for a wretched love lost in the fire of pride. Hidden in the shadows of if’s and maybe. Let the umbilical cord be ripped off my heart. In hopes that forever and a day will for the first time be real.

Nine months of broken glass promises wrapped in a smile. Fragile hearts lost in the search for “I love you”. Listening to the broken tune of backseat drivers  “We told you he ain’t shit’” Yapping in the background ‘as if your words will erase. The nine months of the lullaby my own cries have now become.

Nappies and pre-school, dresses and prom, books and graduation. An unwanted nightmare, a princess dress and a slayed dragon. I have become a slave from a missed bloodshed to the first breath of labour. Because I have been biologically programmed to fertilize corpses and birth life. In all, praying my womb carries more than a bastard. Because nine months of “I wish he had stayed”.

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But maybe, just maybe, like others who have breastfed a hungry homeless child. Hiding from the thunder in a makeshift shelter of torn boxes and cans. Loving the supposed successful child from the slums who never questioned naught. Raising more than destroyed temples their daughters might be. Just maybe, Nine months of phoenix rising from the ashes that is my womb.

I have waited for the applaud from the universe. For a life it will spit out as if it is not its own. That my creased dress vomiting flowers. Will be the resting place for my princess on a winter night. That maybe the unsung hero. Is the tainted reflection of my broken heart in the mirror? Maybe my womb was not meant to be an alternate grave after all. Because heaven clings to my side…never letting go.

Alone, I did it.

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Written by Amogelang Lekwadu.

Photography by Kea Mooka.