Walking in my Shoes tells the tale of the inelegant state of education in rural South Africa. There are many well-meaning adults present - government officials, school principals, volunteers, mothers and grandmothers (fathers are significantly absent), but it is the children who inspire.
By 6.30am Siphilele has already trudged 11kms, still spruce in his yellow school shirt that he ironed that morning. The weather is fine, so he'll make it to school by 7am. Nompilo, a 17 year old has two walking hours home from school before she'll fetch 50 litres of water from the communal tap, one bucket to wash school clothes, the other for cooking and bathing. The wonderfully articulate 11 year old Khanyisa, who reads Maya Angelou, was, by her own admission, an angry child, blaming herself for her mother's demise.
Walking in my Shoes is about transport, or the lack of it, that impacts the lives of rural children thirsty for education who, on average, walk some 15 kilometres to get to school of a morning. But it goes deeper than that - overcrowding, malnutrition, domestic violence, poverty and abandonment - the lack of love and caring adults to nurture the dreams of aspiring, inspiring children.
A simple truth simply told: we are failing our children.
Walking in my Shoes will premiere at the Encounters Film Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the following dates:
Sunday 5 June, Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront, 8.15pm;
Tuesday 7 June, The Labia Theatre, 6.45pm
Tuesday 7 June, Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank, 6.45pm
For further information please contact:
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking
Tel: 011 482 5599