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A Place Called Home

Above: A Place Called Home which can be seen today:

Session: Don’t be a couch potato

Session Leader: Claudia Schreiner

09h00-13h00 in the RED ROOM


Director: Akin Omotoso

Producers: Robbie Thorpe, Akin Omotoso & Kgomotso Matsunyane

Entered by: T.O.M. Pictures

Script Writer: Zamo Mkhwanazi

Camera : Eran Tahor

Editor: Leon Retief



T.O.M. Pictures

PostNet Suite 22

Private Bag X9

Melville, 2109


South Africa

Tel: +27 11 482 3972

Don’t be a couch Potato also includes the following films (p31 of the Catalogue)


The Truth About Marika

The Sinking Village

Bad Vibe




Australian Indigenous Filmmakers take control of their stories


Above: From My Bed Your Bed (see below for more)



Session Leader:            Graeme Isaac – Australian National Coordinator

In Australia over the last 15 years an Indigenous production sector has sprung up as if from no-where to challenge the way that Australians think about their country and it’s past. It has also produced work that has been screening and winning international awards at major festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, and Sundance.

The film makers and their programs will be introduced by South African broadcasters and independents, looking to draw out the many issues that may also be of local relevance – the politics of representation, dealing with a contested history, the question of mainstreaming vs. servicing minority audiences, and the question of who speaks for whom. This will be investigated with regards to the content, aesthetics and narratives of the films themselves – how do these films begin to complicate representations of Aboriginal people.

Through discussion of the programs the session will examine the targeted workshop and development program that has been used in Australia to fast track the development of Indigenous film and television talent. It will also look at the partnership between a funding body (the Indigenous Branch of the Australian Film Commission) and the Australian public broadcasters that has brought this new Indigenous work to a wide audience.


Episode 1 – 70 min (the remainder of the series is 6 x 1 hour)

Directors:                      Rachel Perkins & Beck Cole

Producer / Presenter:     Darren Dale

Shop Steward:                Angie Mills

Produced by some of Australia’s finest Aboriginal filmmakers, this critical series chronicles the birth of a country and the collision of two worlds. It is an epic story that comes alive through the struggles of individuals, both black and white. Beautifully filmed, the series melds landscape, art, interviews and first-hand accounts with a vast archival collection to present the birth of contemporary Australia as never seen before, from the perspective of its first people—the first Australians. The series is independently produced and pre-sold to an Australian Public Broadcaster and to ITVS in the US. 




26 min

Director / Presenter:      Warwick Thornton

Shop Steward:                Pat Van Heerden




DJ Kenny works the night shift in a remote area radio station in Central Australia, hosting a program for a local prison audience and their friends and relatives. The night takes an eerie turn as a succession of elderly visitors appear, equipment breaks down and domestic violence intrudes. In a film full of suspense, humor and insight, set against a background of posters and music of Aboriginal pride and protest, we observe Kenny’s feelings of helplessness as he attempts to hold his small nocturnal community together. 

(GREEN BUSH premiered at Sundance and won Best Short Film in the Panorama section at Berlin International Film Festival)


16 min

Director / Presenter:      Erica Glynn

Shop Steward:                Graeme Isaac

A tender portrait of a young couple embarking on an arranged marriage in a remote desert community. The young newlyweds appear to be fond of each other but attempts to achieve sexual intimacy are fraught with reticence and impatience captured by intimate and carefully framed cinematography. 

(MY BED YOUR BED was part of a short drama series that grew out of a development program sponsored by a national  funding body and two public broadcasters, and which contained films that screened in competition at Cannes, Berlin, and Clermont-Ferrand.) 


26 min

Director / Presenter:      Erica Glynn

Shop Steward:                Rehad Desai

In this simple but intimate observational documentary two senior traditional healers, Ngangkari, go about their work – calmly return lost spirits to ailing patients, checking on the quality of their community’s food available at the local community store, consulting in the community’s medical clinic along with white doctors, and worrying that the effects of marijuana smoking and petrol sniffing may be beyond their curative powers.

(Whilst NGANGKARI screened on national television and at international festivals, it was also produced for broadcast on a remote area network broadcasting to remote Indigenous communities, representing another whole level of the Indigenous television industry in Australia).



4: A feature documentary



In four corners of the globe, in the four seasons, four outstanding violinists guide us on an extraordinary journey through their four distinct homelands.

From the springtime blossoms of Japan, into the blistering heat and thunderstorms

of an Australian summer; from a joyful autumn in New York, to the unforgiving cold and human warmth of a Finnish winter.

The resonant and much-loved music of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and the timeless stories they tell, form the backbone to this bold and engaging celebration of friendship, homeland and the cycles of life.


SPRING / Tokyo

It is April in Tokyo and Spring has arrived. Cherry blossoms sweep across the country, bursting into their short, magnificent life in one of nature’s finest festivals. With ‘Hanami’ – cherry blossom viewing – as the backdrop, international violinist Sayaka Shoji leads young, brilliant students from a leading Tokyo music school through Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto, revealing the timeless lessons in the music, and in their own culture

SUMMER / Australia

At the beginning of an Australian Summer, Niki Vasilakis travels 3000 kilometres from

her home, Adelaide, in the far south of the country, by train, boat and plane, towards

Australia’s northernmost town on Waiben (Thursday Island) to perform a concert

with her friends, who will fly in from all parts of the country. As the storm clouds gather, music is exchanged across cultures, as we learn about the way that summer and its pleasures and great challenges shapes the Australian people.

AUTUMN/ New York

As Autumn dresses New York with her vibrant colours, a group of friends – most well known musicians – reunite at the Barney Greengrass delicatessen, an old haunt on the Upper West Side. Violinist, Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, a performer of wonderful spirit, is the ring leader of this

motley group, a rich cultural melting pot of musicians who were either born here, or chose to make New York their home many years ago. Jimmy’s own story, of his journey to New York from Taiwan, to achieve his childhood dream of attending the famed Juilliard School, mirrors the ambition and drive of the city itself.

WINTER/ Finland

Now it is Winter. In the furthest reaches of Finnish Lapland, 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, the enigmatic violinist Pekka Kuusisto and his musician friends travel through the ice and dark to te home of an old family friend, Jaakko Alatalo, to perform the Winter Concerto in a neighbourhood concert. Here, in this extraordinary and beautiful landscape, we reach the end of our international journey. Pekka and his friends create a soundtrack to this intimate view, as we celebrate the warmth and hope the language of music gives all of us.

(extract from the press kit for 4, which can be seen at Inpu2008 as part of the “Art Attack” session on Mon 5 May – see the “catalogue” category for more information on the Input programme)

Rousing Middle Eastern Programming

A scene from SCREENZ, the daily drama series from Israel that explores how stories and relationships evolve over the world wide web. An episode from the series can be seen at Input 2008 on 6 May.

This year at Input 2008 Middle Eastern content provides daring and provocative programming from Iran and Israel that explores and challenges the construction of the personal story in relation to national concerns of conflict as well as martyrdom.

A Requiem for New Orleans – ‘Shake The Devil Off’

This not to be missed screening of Peter Entell’s film, Shake the Devil Off at Input 2008 tells the moving story of  St. Augustine Church in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. St Augustine is a historic church reknowned as ‘the place where, for the first time, slaves, freed black people and whites sat side by side on the pews, singing to God.’

Six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, the axe has just fallen at St. Augustine Church :  the archdiocese is about to close the parish and send Father LeDoux away.  The church is renowned as the birthplace of jazz and gospel, and a powerful reminder of the history of slavery.  The parishioners join forces with local musicians to resist.  Their spiritual guide, Father LeDoux, encourages them to pray and negotiate.  But they soon realize they must take matters into their own hands … the time has come to go on the offensive.  Shake the Devil Off  is a contemporary retelling of the story of Easter, in a city where politics, culture and religion collide and where the plan of God remains impenetrable.

The central character is FATHER JEROME LEDOUX, the priest of St. Augustine Church and a pillar of strength in the Tremé neighbourhood of New Orleans where the church is located.  The seventy-six year old pastor has been preaching and singing there for more than fifteen years. He has become internationally known.  People from France, Germany and Switzerland come to his mass on Sundays and he speaks to them in their native languages.

‘Shake The Devil Off’ is scheduled to screen at Input 2008 on May 9th.




Australian programming: comic, tragic and real

Australia… Diverse Australian submissions at Input 2008 use documentary, fiction, music and comedy to tell stories of our obsessions with body image, the absurdities of growing up and the search for love in a cross-cultural and same-sex context.

Searching 4 Sandeep was the recipient of the highest audience vote at its premiere at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival. The film can be seen at Input 2008 on 8 May.

Asia brings depth to Input 2008

Asian contributions this year come from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan and present an amazing range and depth of story. These include a courageous investigation into the Yakuza, Japan’s crime syndicate underworld; a unique exploration of democracy from the viewpoint of a class of third-grade Chinese children who employ the principles of the democratic vote (part of the award-winning Why Democracy series); patching up inter-generational gaps and a documentary made by a teacher over a period of three years that chronicles the growing-pains of three of his students.

From left to right: Please Vote For Me (China) and Hoshi Shinichi’s Short Shorts (Japan), which can be seen at Input 2008 on 5 May (in different parallel sessions).