Last night was another of our #TranslatingJoburg meetups. An opportunity for expats and locals alike to discover something new about the place they have come to call home.
The evening kicked off with pizza and drinks at Capital P a pizza place just upstairs from the Ster-Kinekor cinema in Fourways mall. After mingling and meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends, Derek the COO from Heartlines the NGO behind the movie came to chat to us about why they have created the movie and the bigger campaign - Whats your Story which hopes to bring people together to:
- Ask questions,
- Listen to their answers
- Tell their own story.
The film certainly brought this message alive, highlighting the vast racial inequalities in South Africa.
The biggest impact for me personally was a scene which highlighted the differences in how the main characters prepared to get to a training sessions. The effort that was required by Duma to simply arrive at training at 6am was incomparable to that of Steve who simply got up, had a shower and jumped into his car. The message throughout the movie is clear - we can all play our part, if we reach out of our comfort zone to engage and listen to just one other person. I left thinking through what the impact would be if we all visited the home of those we work with, such a simple act we all could do.
“The vision behind Translating Joburg is to encourage both expats and Jozi natives to experience Johannesburg as if you only had 6 months left here, to explore new places, revisit old favourites, and to see it through a fresh pair of eyes."
Thanks again to everyone who came, If you missed #TranslatingJoburg this time, not to worry - our next meet up is on 27th June at River Cafe in Parkmore, Sandton.