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Sizwe Banzi is Alive

By Elliot Moleba

  • Duration : 70 minutes
  • Grade : R - R
  • First language : English
  • Second language : Xhosa
  • Subject : Life Skills/Orientation, Creative Arts, Social Sciences, Dramatic Arts, History, Life Sciences
  • Theme : Identity, Self-image, Racism, Discrimination, Prejudice, Life skills, Gender roles, Relationships, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, National/global conflicts, Morality, Family dynamics, Survival, Change, Loss, Death, Tolerance, Fate/Free Will, Imagination, Creativity
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots" - Marcus Garvey.

“Through a startling lack of props and a bare stage, the cast effectively captures its audience as they bring to life the beautiful and equally heartbreaking tale of so many families of this country” Erin-Dianne Richards. “Wiseman Langa, a young man, your brother, your peer, searching for his past, your past and what makes it even more prickly is that Wiseman’s presence digs your own scab and suddenly the wound of your lost past, is fresh and bleeding again. The Director’s words, Eliot Moleba, suddenly surface as a face in the mirror, staring at you confrontationally, when he said “our relationship towards the past is a troubled one. We front ourselves to the world as a “Rainbow Nation” but truth be told – we are a wounded nation…” Mlindelwa Mahlangu. "It stands apart with its simplicity and honesty, like a photograph of one man's life…” Nadia Pandit.

The work is by new, fresh and young artists responding to these inherited challenges from the past. We feel this dialogue is important and relevant to foreground especially within a creative space where we are able to reflect as young people on how our past has played a role in shaping our contemporary socio-politically subjective identities.

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