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03 July 2018
12:30 - 14:30

Date: 3 July 2018   
12:30 – 14:30 
Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Professor Dan Yon, Dept of Social Anthropology and Faculty of  Education, York University

On May 21st 1907, one hundred men left the Island of St Helena aboard the RMS Galician Castle, bound for Port Nolloth and Concordia beyond, to take up employment in the copper mines. Mining Memory, shot in and around Concordia, with flashbacks to the island and the ocean, is a meditation on this journey and on the presence of St Helena in Namaqualand today. Fragmented inherited memory of St Helena are interwoven with the mining remains on the landscape such that mining memory is also a meditation on the social and ecological legacy of copper mining in Concordia and beyond.

Daniel Yon, anthropologist, filmmaker, and native of the Island of St Helena, lives in Toronto, Canada, where he is Associate Professor at York University, jointly appointed to the Dept. of Anthropology and the Faculty of Education. His film work, attempts to ‘think with the sea’, focuses on journeys and migrations of the South Atlantic World and the related themes of place-making, and displacement, identity and belonging, race and racism. His Sathima’s Windsong, about the life and times of the South African jazz vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin, was runner-up for the audience award, Encounters, 2010.

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