Singabantu, directly translated into isiXhosa as “We are human,” is an Afrophobia awareness short film which was recently shortlisted in the Top 60 out of 320 worldwide entries by PLURAL +, a youth festival on Migration run by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
The short film was shot in the remains of a house which was burnt down during a service delivery protests in Rosettenville, Johannesburg. This event turned into a nationwide wave of Afrophobic attacks. The film stars a diverse group of African immigrant youth from Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC and Malawi living in South Africa sharing the daily plight they face being “foreigners” in South Africa, they make reference to different stereotypes attached to their home countries and end off with a call for unity, love and tolerance.
The video was launched for Africa Month, and has aired on TRACE Africa where it was viewed in over 18 countries. It has also won the “I Am Migrant” award.
“I am really excited about the win, I am also shocked that my first attempt at writing and directing could receive such recognition”, said Louise Kanza, co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation.
The award ceremony will take place on the 10th of November in New York City where the winners will be officially announced. Singabantu is the only African winner this year.
Sophie A Kanza Foundation hopes to take #Singabantu – We are human, an Afrophobia awareness film on a continental tour to turn it into a feature documentary. The long-term goal is to open an office and youth hub in their hometown Kinshasa. The organization’s current work includes Afrophobia awareness, youth volunteerism and sanitary health. Sophie lives by the organization’s motto “Creating a culture of good deeds”.
Sophie Kanza is the co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation, a passionate pan African, change maker, peace activist, leader and believer born in the Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Africa.
View short film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4MocQZSrEw&feature=youtu.be