Film & video production

In 2021, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), in partnership with its clients, the African Climate Alliance (ACA), Vukani Environmental Movement, (VEM) and groundWork (gW), embarked on the landmark youth-led climate change litigation and a constitutional challenge to the government’s plans to develop 1500 megawatts of new coal-fired electricity generation. In the case, the applicants argue that the government’s plans to develop new coal plants threaten the Constitutionally-enshrined right to an environment not harmful to the health or wellbeing of present and future generations in South Africa (Section24). To commemorate and celebrate the climate action strides the youth have made towards demanding a fossil-free future, the CER commissioned multi-disciplinary artist, Breeze Yoko, to create a #CancelCoal mural at Bardale High School (Mfuleni, Cape Town), and run an art-activism workshop on the 25th and 26th of August, 2022.

Commissioned by Centre for Environmental Rights
Produced and directed by Malik Ntone Edjabe
Cinematography by Vahid Davids
Edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

The vision of Breaking Beliefs is to build a South Africa full of resilient, responsive young people who inspire and support their communities. This is achieved by creating safe spaces where young people are supported through deep listening and gentle enquiry to be open and vulnerable and cultivate their aliveness, creativity and strength.

Commissioned by Breaking Beliefs
Co-directed by Lisa Garson, Asanda Kaka and Malik Ntone Edjabe
Co-produced by Callum Fraser and Malik Ntone Edjabe
Edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

On Monday, 18 November 2019, we gathered at Chimurenga HQ to celebrate the life and work of poet, journalist and griot of liberation struggles, Sandile Dikeni (1966-2019).

Commissioned and curated by Chimurenga
Filmed and edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

During the Table Mountain fire on Sunday, 18 April 2021, which heavily affected the University of Cape Town’s Rondebosch campus and surrounds, nearly 4 000 students were evacuated from residences and moved to emergency accommodation sites around Cape Town. This film documents their return to residences on campus.

Commissioned by University of Cape Town
Produced by Oatmeal Productions and AstroClutterFilms
Directed and edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

The 2018 South African Urban Conference followed on from the 2017 event, which focused specifically on communication and engaging with urban stakeholders on the content of the IUDF (Integrated Urban Development Framework). At this follow up event, the aim was to further embed the IUDF agenda by focusing on what implementation means in practice. The following film was produced as a departure point for this conversation.

Directed by Dorothy Brislin
Commissioned by South African Cities Network
Co-produced by Dorothy Brislin and Malik Ntone Edjabe
Edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

A Sea-drift of Songs is a reconstruction of the sound and visual scapes of the Afro-Asian worlds of the 13th century, gathered under the Re-centring AfroAsia (RAA) project as the AfroAsia Ensemble. It features composers, writers, performers and visual artists from South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Turkey, Spain, India and China.

Commissioned by the Re-centering AfroAsia Project
Directed and edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe
Cinematography by Ngoni Nyembe

On 28 October 2023, the Chimurenga Factory hosted Malcolm Jiyane’s Tree-O, which invokes the sonic tradition set by two of the bandleader’s mentors, Johnny Mekoa and Jonas Gwangwa.

Commissioned and curated by Chimurenga
Filmed by Vahid Davids and Malik Ntone Edjabe
Directed and edited by Malik Ntone Edjabe

In conversation with multi-instrumentalist Mavambo Chazunguza of Ancient Echo on the origins, politics and spiritual function of Mbira music and more at Milestone Studios, Cape Town.

Commissioned by Africa Open Institute
Co-directed by Julia Raynahm and Malik Ntone Edjabe
Cinematography by Ngoni Nyembe
Produced by Malik Ntone Edjabe

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