A Place in the City

A Place in the City


Part of the proceeds from DVD sales will be donated to the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement.

Nearly 15 years since apartheid ended, millions of black South Africans still live in self-built shacks – without sanitation, adequate water supplies, or electricity.

But A Place in the City will overturn all your assumptions about 'slums' and the people who live in them.

In this film, shot in the vast shack settlements in and around Durban, members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the grassroots shackdwellers' movement, lay out their case – against forcible eviction and for decent services – with passion, eloquence, and sweet reason. The film captures the horrible conditions in which shackdwellers live – but it also captures Abahlali's bravery and resilience, in a political climate where grassroots campaigners like them are more likely to be met with rubber bullets than with offers to talk.

'For the first time now', says S'bu Zikode, Abahlali's elected leader, 'poor people have started to speak for themselves. Now, that challenges those who are paid to think for us – who are paid to speak for us.'

At the heart of Abahlali's struggle is the struggle for meaningful citizenship rights for South Africa's poor majority. 'Or does freedom in South Africa,' asks Abahlali volunteer organiser Louisa Motha, 'only belong to the rich?'

'… a story of disappointed hopes and the failure of government to address the basic social rights of ordinary people. But it's also a story of "ordinary" South Africans who have not given up.'
William Gumede, former deputy editor of The Sowetan

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Title A Place in the City
Edition First Edition
Compiled by Pambazuka Press
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
Co-publisher Grey Street Films/Abahlali baseMjondolo
BISAC Subject Heading POL055000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Australian & Oceanian
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JP      94 Thema geographical qualifier: 1M
Format DVD-Video
Nb of pages
Product Detail PAL
ISBN-10 1906387419
ISBN-13 9781906387419
Weight 88 gr
Video Format
Duration 30 min
List Price £9.99

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