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Input Board member, Hans Hernborn, says INPUT 2008 was hugely successful with vibrant discussions in the viewing rooms.

“The heart of Input is always the discussions which happen in the screening rooms. This year the analysis, discussions and different perspectives shared was very rich.’

Hernborn, who is the treasurer and representative of the Nordic Nations, says the sessions were well prepared, the technical equipment was excellent and the venue was effective.

“On the whole, Im positive about Input 2008.”

Hernborn says there are many things the Organisation learned from the Joburg Input experience.

“We have to sharpen our selection of programs which in turn will sharpen the discussions”

Hernborn says all African delegates should feel invited to Warsaw in Poland, the first Input to happen in Eastern Europe.



You are invited to attend INPUT 2008 taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Registration is free for all   INPUT 2008 sessions  as from Wednesday 7th May to Saturday 10th May.

Visit for more info.

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If you couldn’t make it to INPUT or you need to get away for awhile, this is a great place to do it!


The filmmakers will be in attendance.


ANTONIA – (Drama series from Brazil) – 30 mins

Four women who work as backup vocalists start their own hip-hop group called Antonia and deal with crime, violence, and social issues in Brasilandia, a neighborhood of Sao Paolo. Antonia is not a story of vulnerable women in a harsh society – these women are models of assertiveness and perseverance. Featuring four real Brzailian hip-hop stars in the main foles, Antonia is filled with vital energy, great music, and an irrepressible spirit.


A SON’S SACRIFICE (Documentary short from USA) – 27 mins

How does TV deal with the conflict between Islamic tradition and western values? How do Islamic immigrants in western societies identify their deep roots? How do Muslims make sense of living in these contradictory worlds, how do they divide themselves between these opposite lifestyles? Find some answers through the story of Imran, a young successful man in the advertising business in New York who, one day, decides to take over the family business, a Halaal slaughterhouse. 


NOSALTRES (Docmentary from Senegal) – 71 mins – TO BE CONFIRMED tonight

“Nosaltres” means “us” in Catalan. A group of immigrants from Mali have been living in a small town in Catalonia, Spain, for almost eight years and have had mininal contact with the local Catalan community. The film articulates the social isolation experienced by Malian men working in Catalonia, while voicing the feelings of uncertainty expressed by the indigenous Catalan people. This documentary takes off the “make-up”, the prejudices we all wear, and achieves the goal of bringing the two communities together for a real exchange of opinions and perceptions. Can they achieve harmony and equilibrium? 


Mahala Media is producing this screening series every Tuesday night at the House of Nsako, screening local and international truths and fikshans through an AfriKan lenz. Dinner and drinks are served at the venue.



The House of NsAkO is a Museum and Institute of African POpular KAlture – MIAPOKA!  Music, Art, Film, Food, Fashion, Literature & Dance all come together to create Josi’s most unique, inspiring venue that ACCURATELY reflects the contemporary South African experience. NsAkO was recently featured in the City Press. More info at


To reserve a seat or for more information please contact Neo at 072 619 6203 or Senele at 082 958 6677. email: 

input2008 kicks off

The Chinua Achebe foyer at Input2008 – registration opened today as delegates were checked in, tagged and bagged… registration at input2008 will remain open at the venue until the 9 may, one day before the conference closes.

Participants at the Made in Africa workshop and training session, a two-day precursor to Input2008 that ended today, as registration for the official conference opened.

Mayenzeke Baza from Port Elizabeth is interviewed live on Radio 2000 by presenters Zai & Victor at Input2008. Mayenzeke is one of three Made in Africa participants whose documentary pitch won him a 3 month Thomson Foundation documentary course in Cardiff, Wales.

Tracey-Lee Dearham from Cape Town takes her turn at the Radio 2000 mic after the news that her pitch was selected as another Made in Africa winning entry.

** The third winner of the documentary award, Makhela Phululu from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was unavailable at the time for a snapshot…but we’re bound to catch up with him over the Input week…

Andy Glynn (DFG) and Sally-Anne Wilson (CBA-DFID Broadcast Media Scheme) – are asked by Radio 2000 about the criteria used for selecting the winning pitches…

All together now… Sally-Anne Wilson, Mayenzeke Baza, Andy Glynne and Tracey-Lee Dearham…

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1st Africa Broadcast and Film Conference – Call for presentations

Just under half of the countries in Africa have liberalised their broadcast markets and there has been a considerable growth in the number of new television and radio stations. The final opening up by the rest of the countries on the continent promises the kind of growth that the mobile market has experienced over the next five years. Whereas broadcast media used to be simply a small number of TV and radio channels, there is now a proliferation of ways in which broadcast programming can be received by its audiences including satellite, IP-TV, PC and mobile.

Taken together, the number of channels and the many different ways of receiving programming has begun to fragment the traditional market. African broadcasters need to find new ways to sustain their audiences and attract new advertising. African government broadcasters are particularly threatened by the new media landscape. Largely without funding they have to deliver public service obligations like coverage and at the same time, compete ever more fiercely in the market for premium rights, audiences and advertisers.

The First African Broadcast and Film Conference in Nairobi in September 2008 will bring together senior broadcast executives, producers, advertising agency executives, regulators and policy-makers to discuss the challenges faced by the industry over the next five years.

If you would like to make a presentation at the conference, either ring or send your idea to the e-mail address below. /

The Glow Of White Women wins award at the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles

Two feature length documentary films produced by the Independent Film and TV Company, Little Bird have won awards at the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles. South African Yunus Vally’s The Glow Of White Women won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary.


This frank, funny and slyly subversive film looks at the sexual attraction between the races during the years of Apartheid in South Africa. Glow of White Women has been screened at the Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) and Hot Docs in Toronto. Glow was also screened on the BBC and SABC.
Another Little Bird documentary Shot in Bombay directed by Liz Mermin won a special mention in the documentary category.

Shot in Bombay looks at the darker side of Bollywood .The film follows the making if the 2007 action blockbuster Shootout At Lokhandwala and its’ star Sanjay Dutt charged for weapons possession since the 1993 Mumbai Bombings . Dutt was constantly excused from set to attend his ongoing trial. Applause and four-star reviews met the release of the film at London’s ICA cinema and on UK regional tour. The film has also been screened at the South Southwest Festival in the US and Hot Docs.

The Festival which is in it’s sixth year ended last Sunday .The documentary jury was composed of film-maker Shonali Bose (Lifting The Veil, Amu), festival programmer John Nein and producer Susan West.

IFFLA director Christina Marouda said. “This year’s slate of films represented the most diverse and wide spectrum of style and art being produced by the Indian filmmaking industry today,”


The Glow Of White Women is scheduled to show at Input on Wednesday, May 7th


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Confidence in the SABC?

By Deon de LangeThe battle for control of the SABC took a stunning turn on Wednesday when MPs passed an unprecedented vote of no confidence in the corporation’s entire management board.

The motion was muscled through the National Assembly’s Communications Committee by the ANC despite strong objections from the DA. This followed a relentless verbal onslaught of more than three hours in which ANC MPs slammed SABC board members over a number of issues, but primarily over the fact that a confidential memorandum – which is highly critical of SABC CEO Dali Mpofu – was leaked to the media two weeks ago.

ANC MPs emerged after a 30-minute recess with the following position, as stated by ANC MP Eric Kholwane: “It is clear for us that between the board and the management of the SABC there are serious problems … which have not been resolved. We are also of the view that a corporation like the SABC can not afford any fallout between the board and management – that is totally unacceptable.“Given that, we are convinced … that clearly this board is not in a position to execute their fiduciary duties and responsibilities and we therefore accordingly want to pass a vote of no confidence in this board.”

This finally brought the meeting to an abrupt end.

The visibly shocked board members declined to comment after the meeting, while DA MP Dene Smuts accused the ANC of abusing parliamentary processes to settle political scores.

“There is no basis for what you (ANC) are doing – not in law, not in the rules (of parliament). What you are doing has no effect. It is obviously the opening salvo in an attempt to unseat the entire board.

“We know that you are politically under pressure. We know that there are great battles going on in the ruling party, but you don’t use the procedures of this parliament to try to resolve those battles, and therefore we will now leave,” she said before leading her party out of the meeting.

Trouble started brewing on Wednesday when the ANC sabotaged a scheduled SABC budget briefing by refusing to continue the meeting without the entire SABC board present. Four board members yesterday hastened to Cape Town to join their colleagues.

It was clear the knives were out when committee chairperson Ismail Vadi (ANC) opened the meeting by pointing out that “all is not well at Auckland Park” and that the committee wished to “restore some dignity to the SABC”.

ANC MP and committee whip Khotso Khumalo then listed a range of issues that troubled the ANC.

This included the leaking of the memo. The now infamous memo, drafted by the chairperson, accuses Mpofu of a “dereliction of duty”.

The memo also criticises SABC management for losing a R1,6-billion soccer broadcasting deal to rival SuperSport and warns ominously that problems in the corporation’s technology division may prevent it from feeding the rest of the world with 2010 soccer coverage.

ANC MP Lumka Yengeni twisted the knife by calling on each board member to state publicly whether or not they “owned” the contents of the memo. SABC chairperson Khanyi Mkhonza responded by accepting “full responsibility” for the memo. “I wrote the memo. I own it. I wrote it out of concern,” she said.

Mkhonza added: “We are investigating the leak.”

Mpofu decried the damage this leaked memo was doing to his reputation, pointing out that he himself would not employ the person described in the memo. “The memo contains serious factual inaccuracies. It is unfortunate that it was leaked to the media. It contains … defamatory material,” he said.

Mpofu also suggested the memo was leaked on instruction from the cabinet. “I have received various pieces of information and some of them even point to executive interference because one of the answers is that somebody gave instruction that the CEO must be removed – from high up,” he said.

Tension over the new SABC board has been simmering for some time. It is generally acknowledged that the previous ANC leadership under President Thabo Mbeki “imposed” its preferred candidates on its MPs in parliament.

Ironically, the same ANC MPs who then bowed to alleged executive pressure and appointed the new board, are now trying to have it sacked.

The motion passed on Wednesday is not legally binding. According to the Broadcasting Act, a board member may be removed only by the “appointing authority” (the President) after consultation with the board.

There is no provision for the dismissal of the entire board.

The matter will now be referred to parliament for debate.



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