The Shore Break

    • Ryley Grunenwald
    • 2014
    • 90 min
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    Synopsis

    The Wild Coast Region is one of the most underdeveloped areas in South Africa. At the same time, it is a place with miles of breathtaking, unspoiled nature, where the Pondo people have managed to retain their traditional way of life. In a close-knit rural community in the Amadiba area, two cousins become embroiled in a conflict as a result of plans by an Australian company to open a titanium mine. A local tour guide named Nonhle is against the mine. She wants to preserve the area for the Pondo and their traditions, and protect the region through ecotourism. Her cousin Madiba sees opportunities for economic development through the opening of the mine. And he is not alone in this, as the government is also in favor of it. The divisions between Nonhle and Madiba reflect the struggle as it is fought out at a higher level. Like a considerable section of the community, the elected Pondo king spoke out against the mine, so the government has replaced him with his nephew, who supports it. Monochrome animations and stunning shots of nature provide peaceful interludes in a struggle in which manipulation and deceit are fair game.

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    • 90 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Screening copy
    Marie-Verite Films
    Director
    Ryley Grunenwald
    Production
    Ryley Grunenwald for Marie-Verite Films, Odette Geldenhuys for Frank Films
    Cinematography
    Ryley Grunenwald
    Editing
    Kerryn Assaizky
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