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Title:An impossible return
Editor:O'Connell, Siona
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town
Geographic term:South Africa
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Abstract:This documentary film investigates the catastrophic effects on black and coloured people who were subject to forced removals in several areas in Cape Town (South Africa) during apartheid. Former inhabitants of District 6, Simonstown, Claremont, recall the receipt of the eviction notice, and the eviction itself. This visual and oral archive allows for new understandings of justice and freedom after oppression. Taking a series of photographs by artist David Brown as a starting point, the film opens a set of questions around trauma, memory and freedom in the aftermath of oppression. Intimate documents of family life, the photographs speak of the destruction of community and of the multiple valencies of place and home.This project speaks of catastrophe and of the unfinished business of apartheid. Approaching the notion of archive as being open-ended and not bound in time and space, the project suggests a set of debates that lie at the centre of post-apartheid society. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]