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Beyond Nostalgia: Reimagining Post-Apartheid Freedom (The Double Futures of Athlone)
In the aftermath of grand Apartheid's forced removals, a form of cultural politics burgeoned around the cinemas of Athlone on the Cape Flats. Often targetted by pernicious strategies of petty Apartheid, the cinema, or bioscopes, nevertheless became spaces for reimagining community. Spaces such as the Kismet Cinema opened vistas of freedom and created a platform for building a non-racial future, inspired by film and music. How did we account for these cultural politics in the very midst of Apartheid's dread? What was the significance of the bioscope in building community? And what future might we envisage for such cultural politics on the Cape Flats in the wake of Apartheid? This panel brings to the fore themes and ideas from Premesh Lalu’s documentary, The Double Futures of Athlone.

PANELLISTS: Premesh Lalu, Rashid Lombard, Sylvia Mndunyelwa, Dinga Sikwebu and Jayson King

MODERATOR: Dr Valmont Layne

This panel is in partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC.

Jun 27, 2022 03:00 PM in Johannesburg

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