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Voetsek! Us, Brothers?

15 November 2017
13:15 - 15:00

Presenter: Andy Spitz, director, Left-Eye Productions

In 2008 and 2015 xenophobic violence broke out across South Africa (SA). Thousands were displaced. Over 70 African refugees and migrants were murdered and 200 have lost their lives. The perpetrators were ordinary South Africans.

Voetsek! Us, Brothers? will use the xenophobic outbreaks to tell a complex story through the eyes and lives of “victims” and “perpetrators”. Using both professional and participant footage we follow the lives of a South African and three  migrants to unearth the roots of the conflict that can so quickly spill into violence. Ultimately, however, both sides seem trapped in the cycle. Migrants fleeing war and hunger seek sanctuary in SA, where there is an increasingly despotic and greedy government. With rising inequality, unemployment and social injustice citizens are disillusioned and angry –  feeling outplayed by non-citizens in the intense competition for survival and dignity.

Date: 15 November 2017   
Time:  13h15 – 15h00  
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Sweetwaters

HSRC Seminar Series in collaboration with the Tri Continental Film Festival, Uhuru Productions and Lawyers for Human Rights

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004 or or Carmen August at

  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail
Sweetwaters: Old Bus Depot, Mbubu Road, Sweetwaters Tel: 033-324 5000

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