|05 July 2012
PLEXUS PRODUCING SABC SERIES I AM WOMAN -LEAP OF FAITH
I AM WOMAN - Leap of Faith is a South African television series featuring the lives and leaps of faith of 26 extraordinary women. Each episode takes us on a journey through the major turning points in their lives, exploring how they responded when faced with life’s greatest fears, challenges and opportunities and where they turned to for spiritual sustenance when the chips were down.
Join host Lisa Chait every Sunday and Mondayand Sunday at 09h00 on SABC 3 and experience remarkable woman leaping into brand new territory.
I Am Woman Leap of Faith is co-produced by Lauren Groenewald and Miki Redelinghuys from Plexus Films and broadcast journalist Lisa Chait. It was commissioned by SABC Religion.
Director Dylan valley and Producer Lauren Groenewald recently pitched the project INCARCERATED KNOWLEDGE at the ENCOUNTERS/ AL JAZEERA pitching session and the project will be completed by the end of 2012.
Plexus Films recently took the projects AFRIKANER GIRL, KING NAKI AND THE THUNDERING HOOVES and INCARCERATED KNOWLEDGE to HOTDOCS in Toronto in Canada.
We will also be attending IDFA in November 2012.
05 July 2012
KING NAKI AND THE THUNDERING HOOVES
80 Minutes & 52minutes • Directed by TIM WEGE, 2011 • IDFA 2011
Set in rural South Africa KING NAKI AND THE THUNDERING HOOVES, is the story of an
unconventional horse race and a humble man risking his livelihood to win it.
Mr. King Naki once rode the greatest racehorse in the whole of his region. He was raised to
follow in his father’s footsteps, working as a stable hand in the city. But he had bigger plans.
He quit the stable, spending all his savings on a horse. His fellow-villagers thought he was
crazy - he named the horse “Thula Sibone” – Wait and See.
It’s the story of a man’s obstinate persistence in the face of failure – pursuing a dream of
victory to escape the treadmill of poverty.
52 Minutes • Directed by Ángela Ramírez; Sara Gouveia; Calum MacNaughton, 2011 • Winner
Audience Award – Best Documentary Tri-Continents, South Africa
‘The Cape Town Beat in 5 Movements’
If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European
orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, a driving primal beat, a
lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema!
Through the lives of Mac McKenzie and Hilton Schilder, the film follows the evolution of
Goema to local Rock, Jazz and Punk, culminating in a Goema Symphony. Mama Goema is
a vibrant soulful reflection on the role of music in the social and political life of Cape Town.
42 Minutes • Directed by Miki Redelinghuys & Kyle o’ Donoghue, 2011
To be a gynecologist in Sierra Leone, is no easy job, but Dr Koroma is a tenacious man,
ready to face the challenge.
The filmmakers spend a week in the maternity ward at Bo Government hospital, where Dr
Koroma is the only gynecologist in the region. We follow him as he rushes from
emergencies to training health workers & administrating the entire hospital. One of his
patients is15-year old Sathu, orphaned & 39 weeks pregnant, facing motherhood alone.
WELLBODI BIZNES is a documentary about a brave country trying to rebuild itself by caring
for the health of mothers and children.
AFRIKAAPS 52 Minutes, Directed by Dylan Valley, 2010 • Winner Best Documentary, Cape Winelands Film Festival
2011 • Winner “Diritto di Parola” Award, Babel Film Fest 2011
In his debut documentary, AFRIKAAPS, Dylan Valley explores the untold Creole history of
Afrikaans, using what he knows best: HipHop, humour and personal perspective. The film
follows a group of local artists creating the stage production, AFRIKAAPS, as they trace the
true roots of Afrikaans to slaves in the Cape. It features the musical greats, Jitsvinger, Kyle
Shepard, Emile (black noise), Moenier Parker, Shane Cooper, Blaq Pearl, the powerhouse bboy,
Bliksemstraal, and the poetic genius of Jethro Louw. The film reclaims and liberates
Afrikaans from its reputation as the language of the oppressor, taking it back to the people
who own it.
I AM WOMAN – LEAP OF FAITH
I AM WOMAN Leap of Faith is a South African television series featuring the lives and leaps of faith of
26 extraordinary women. Each episode takes us on a journey through the major turning points in their lives, exploring how they responded when faced with life’s greatest fears, challenges and
Lauren Groenewald, Email: Lauren@plexusfilms.co.za Telephone: 27 828524869
Miki Redelinghuys Email: email@example.com Telephone: 27 832668232
www.plexusfilms.co.za Tel: 27 214262070
Plexus Films produces social, cultural and arts documentaries with a heart, ranging from creative feature documentaries to factual series. Since 2004 we’ve screened 4 documentaries at IDFA: KRISIMESI – Diaries of Cape Town Children (2004); BRASS
BOYS (2007); KEISKAMMA – A STORY OF LOVE (2007); KING NAKI AND THE THUNDERING HOOVES, a story about horse-racing in rural South Africa will have its world premiere at IDFA 2011.
|THE HEADWRAP JOURNEY
"An arts and culture show with a twist, Headwrap is based on a fresh, well thought-out concept. In an attempt to fuse artistic genres and bridge the looming chasm in South Africans’ cultural landscape, the programme brings together two artists who are disparate in more than just style and character.Headwrap is doing more than merely showcasing local talent; it’s exploiting an artistic platform to indirectly tackle SA’s social schisms — gulfs that transcend gender, race and class. " THE WEEKENDER - BUSINESS DAY
|DOCUMENTARY FOCUS 2011
Plexus Films is also currently in production with IN SEARCH OF THE CROWN, I AFRIKANER, INCARCERATED KNOWLEDGE and the SPACESHIP THAT DREAMT OF BEING A STADIUM.
DON’T MISS THE TRI-CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL TO SEE KING NAKI AND MAMA GOEMA.
The much anticipated TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL is coming to select Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau theatres this September!
The Tri Continental Film Festival (TCFF) is South Africa’s only dedicated human rights film event and consists of films that promote democratisation, deepens understanding, and affords those marginalised a substantive voice, proving to be more vital than ever in our rapidly changing world.
|Corporate & NGO
|CLIMATE FRIENDLY ROOIBOS
An educational and motivational film commissioned by the Enviromental Monitoring Group reflecting topical issues relating to the sustainable use of drylands, and specifically climate change, adaptation, wild rooibos ecotypes and sustainable livelihoods.
Director Lauren Groenewald: DOP Tim Wege
Plexus Films, the DFA and Cascoland present a 3 day intensive documentary workshop in Mafikeng.
|05 July 2012
|PLEXUS IN PRODUCTION
AFRIKANER GIRL -CO PRODUCER STEVEN MARKOWITZ
90 minutes & 52 minutes • Director: Annalet Steenkamp • Distribution: First Hand Films
AFRIKANER GIRL is the filmmaker’s journey into trying to understand her family’s
unbreakable connection to the land. AFRIKANER GIRL shows four generations dealing with change. It is about a family trying to forge a future in the uncertain landscape of rural South Africa, where land is a contentious issue. The filmmaker reflects how her family members each represent an era
in the country’s history: Hester Marx (the grandmother) represents the past, she has
memories of the farm that she once called home. Christine Steenkamp (the sister in law)
is forging a new dream on the land where her father was brutally murdered, this act is
both mad and heroic. When all seems hopeless in what seems like an unsolvable conflict
- the filmmaker’s 13-year old niece, Shanel, emerges as a central positive force - a
young girl that brings two worlds together. Embracing both her Afrikaner roots and that
of black South African friends, she shows a path to true reconciliation.
Documented over 8 years, AFRIKANER GIRL is an intimate portrait of a family trapped
between past and future.
IN SEARCH OF THE CROWN
52 minutes • Director: Tamsyn Reynolds
A quirky, yet sympathetic behind the scenes look at child beauty pageants in South
Africa. We meet Meagan Schemel as a shy five-year-old entrant in Miss Tiny South Africa 2002.
In 2011 she is 13, modestly displaying a cupboard filled with beauty queen sashes. The
film traces her life as a child beauty queen, questioning how it has shaped her
perception of herself & her world. Just like Meagan, a troupe of hopeful 5-year olds
converge in Pretoria, where contestants from this “Rainbow Nation” are required to
represent their cultural heritage through souvenirs, outfits and speeches. On the gala
night, a power failure results in chaos, with our beauty queens eventually being crowned
52 minutes • Director: Dylan Valley
At 18 Peter Christians killed his mother’s boyfriend. He is given a life prison sentence. After
7 years he is released on parole as part of a program of restorative justice. He emerges a
dreamer who pursues his goal of becoming a gospel rapper with focused
determination. Through his experiences we are challenged by the daily struggles of
working class youngsters in South Africa today; many make unimaginable life-changing
mistakes. The film follows his journey as he hurtles towards his dream in his second
chance at life.