The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. And every year after the festival, a special package of films travels to independent cinemas around the world.
A film by award winning photographer Pep Bonet. Presented by Reymond Mapakata.
“Into the Shadows” is a pursuit into the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the inner city of Johannesburg. They are urban survivors: their stories remain untold, their existence is unrecorded and their voices unheard – but their harrowing stories cast a shadow on Africa as a whole.
As an online short film, the film was awarded 1st PRIZE WORLD PRESS PHOTO AWARD in 2013.
The film documents the dark underbelly of the inner city of Johannesburg: the slum buildings, the struggle for survival as migrants, refugees and local South Africans compete for jobs, for accommodation, for food and for a better life.. Despite the loss, the despair, the violence and the hopelessness, one becomes deeply moved by the calibre and integrity of the people you’ll meet. The resilience, the sacrifice, the intellect. The poor are neither uneducated nor ignorant. They are resourceful, they are sceptical, they are articulate and the vast majority have hit the ground running and are desperate to live, to be respected and to be given the opportunity of a better life.