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.