Before I had the chance to see this documentary I received several long-distance calls from old friends from the former German anti-Apartheid Movement, saying, that by all means I should try to see this extraordinary film. Indeed, when I attended the screening of this documentary I was very impressed and deeply touched. It was so different campared to other films and reports with regards to South Africa or other African countries. Usually when showing people`s problems and poor living conditions,commentaries are made talking about those concerned but this documentary is giving a voice to the voiceless.We meet them and listen to what Ashraf, Mne, Zoliswa and Arnold have to say when talking about their traumatic experiences during Apartheid times, deep wounds that would never heal, engraved into mind and soul. People in the townships are explaining how their hopes and visions got disppointed, because their poverty conditions have not changed much in the new democratic South Africa. When talking about eviction methods of CapeTown authorities that reminds them of similar evictions during Apartheid times, they are not only expressing their sufferings, frustrations and anger.We get to know from first hand how actively they are engaged in their anti-eviction campaign, and of course power women are in the frontline. It shows how the spirit of those is still alive who once sacrificed their lives for the liberation of their country. Listening to what people in the townships let us know, one can identify oneself with their anti-eviction campaign .
As a sociologist I would like to propose that this documentary:” When a mountain meets its shadow”, deserves still more awards besides the nomination for the Max Orpheuls prize. This documentary makes aware: together people are strong to fight for their basic rights in life. It delivers the very important message: it is quite easy to break a single stick, but it is impossible to break a bundle of sticks tied together.
Dr. Ruth Kadalie-Kronenberg, Germany 8th May 2010