Sea Point Days

  • François Verster
  • South Africa
  • 2008
  • 90 min
  • European Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
After his previous documentaries When the War Is Over (about two former fighters against apartheid) and The Mothers' House (about three generations of women in a township of Cape Town), South African director François Verster turns his focus to the Sea Point suburb of Cape Town. And more specifically to the promenade on the waterfront, punctuated by various public swimming pools, where all strata of society come together. During apartheid the promenade was "for whites only," but once apartheid was abolished, integration quickly took place here. Verster filmed for a couple of years in this melting pot of race, culture, age, class and religion. The film is divided into five themes, in which several people reappear and Verster paints a portrait of contemporary South Africa. Without any narration, only by observing, he manages to capture this small spot where at first sight everyone seems happy. At times, the photography is striking: for example, he films from a paraglider that flies toward the promenade from the surrounding mountains and employs underwater cameras as well. What makes this such a special place is beautifully articulated by a maintenance worker: "Water is love and life. Without water, there cannot be life and there cannot be love."

Credits

  • 90 min
  • color
  • video
  • Spoken languages: English, Xhosa, Afrikaans
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
François Verster
Production
Neil Brandt for Luna Films, François Verster for Undercurrent Film & Television, Lucinda Englehart
Co-production
ITVS International
Cinematography
François Verster, Peter Liechti
Editing
François Verster, Stefan Sundlöf, Peter Neal

IDFA history

2008
European Premiere
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
2005
Supported with €10000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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