Filming for Nonviolence

Mthokozisi Lembethe and Sandile Nzuza, film-makers for ICON.

Mthokozisi Lembethe and Sandile Nzuza, film-makers for ICON.

ICON is developing modules for teaching in the area of violence and nonviolence, and part of this work involves developing materials. The first initiative is a film on the ways in which South Africans responded to the violence of apartheid, and involves interviews with four South Africans, three of whom served on opposing sides in the Apartheid wars, and one of whom went to military prison as a conscientious objector.

‘We need to capture, especially for young people, the events and choices made at the time, and their implications for how we understand violence and nonviolence now,’ said Crispin Hemson, Director of ICON.

Further filming will include an interview with Ela Gandhi on how the legacy of nonviolence is relevant to the present context.

ICON extends reach in rural areas

ICON was asked to work with students in the schools of the under-developed area of Impendle, and the Director spent three days in the area in meetings and workshops.

Journey at Impendle A Youngsters run to school in this typical scene from a rural settlement in the Impendle area, near the Drakensberg.

Meeting with stakeholders At a meeting with stakeholders, the deputy principal of the one high school explains a point.

Stakeholder A full consultation process took place before ICON’s involvement.

Mantomela HS 1 Crispin Hemson addresses a large crowd of students at Mantomela High School.

Girls at school Girls at Mantomela.

Luthando 2 Initially, work takes place in pairs

Luthando group The group of students from Luthando High School

Mmeli Crispin Mmeli Ndwalane, the educationist and former resident of Impendle, who asked ICON to become involved, and who organised the series of consultations before work started with school students.