Palesa Shongwe – Atropy (South Africa 2010, 7:45 mins)

Picture, poetry, voice and music are woven together into a contemplative short film about the lingering memory of youth, the loss of spontaneity and the quiet fear of growing still – of growing up.  Using dance as a metaphor, this visual composition reflects on how, in growing up, freedom and self-expression can become stifled.  This is also an exploration of the places dancing occupies in our everyday lives – connecting us to our selves, community, heritage and god.

BIO: Shongwe has produced a number of respected documentaries focusing on human rights, social development and xenophobia. In 2009 she made Our Broken Dreams, about the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in southern Africa.She is also  graduated from the MultiChoice Film Talent Incubator – a programme launched in 2007 to develop local film talent from the previously disadvantaged community run by MultiChoice and training partner Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. Atrophy is her first film and was awarded the prize for best directing. In August 2010 she attended the President’s Forum with Young African Leaders.