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Love ya
- A film about South African artists two decades after the end of apartheid

Doku / Austria, South Africa

The synopsis
A Film about the NEXT GENERATION 20 years after the end of apartheid in South Africa showing young and dedicated artists.

The treatment
This is a filmic documentation about dedicated young artists who on the one hand come from the so called townships, the ghettos of Cape Town, and on the other hand stem from well-off families. What is the situation like in South Africa today, almost twenty years after the end of apartheid? What are the opportunities for the next generation? And what kind of life models have developed young artists in the “new South Africa” ever since? What is essential to musicians and actors? Which exactly is their motivation? How can they arrange life and art?
What is the meaning of love, art, success, music, theatre, humanity, equality, tolerance and human rights to them? How hard is “show-biz” in South Africa? What is required of you? What in their opinion has religion got to do with music? Is art as a universal language able to create more consciousness for tolerance between the nations?
This is the point where Love Ya comes in and differs from other documentary films about South African artists. The film is neither showcased nor embellished but documents in an authentic way the difficulties and eschewals artists have to face nowadays.
Artists like Teba Shumba, Levi Alexander or Kyla Davis are just like anyone else. They laugh, cry, have got money troubles and other problems. They have families, friends and are not spared by misfortunes. But they commit themselves.
And they have got art. And a target. Which gives them a strong will. And a great deal of motivation.
The point of view is clearly defined: a change of perspective by means of the next generation in South Africa in order to exceed visible as well as invisible borders.

The statement
Following long researches for the planned film project Love Ya (working title) there is at last a filming concept about a portrait of young and dedicated artists in South Africa.
What happened so far:
Having done some investigation work for several weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, at the beginning of 2012, I met musicians from the townships in Cape Town. Especially exciting, inspiring and disturbing at the same time is the “origin social worker” Teba Shumba.
The black Reggae musician has never attended school, as he says. Due to his early talents as an actor and a singer he was promoted in the Township Community Theatre.
Teba Shumba has succeeded in escaping from the townships. Today, he lives in Seapoint, a wealthy area in the centre of Cape Town, and can make a living with his music and his art work.
Another protagonist in the film is the only 20 years old Levi Alexander, having a totally different lifestyle than Teba Shumba. The young music student at the Settlers High School Belville is said to be central figure of the Cape Town Brass Ensemble since 2009. He is studying the saxophone at the Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre as well as at the South African College of Cape Town B-Music Performance.
The young and dedicated artist Kyla Davis lives in Johannesburg. She has graduated at the Art High School, performs and directs at the Well Worn Theatre in Johannesburg. A multitasking personality who will not give up hope for a better South Africa.
Love Ya deals with topics like yearning, aims, misfortunes, limits, faith, points of view, passion, endurance, visions. It is all about feelings, pains, alienation, setbacks and fears. It is about changes of perspective, hope, power and ways.
But most of all, it is an authentic and esthetic depiction of the motives listed above.

The motivation
The film Love Ya is an expressive portrait about young artists full of joie de vivre who wish for more tolerance, human rights, humanity and art engaging themselves for awareness training with the help of art, music and theatre in the sense of a better cooperation on national and international levels.
In its own kind, Love Ya also broaches the issue of psychological problems but at the same time one feels the humor and a new openness in handling emotions. Topics like discrimination, racism, intolerance are discussed, about what is essential to young people twenty years after the apartheid. Unuttered things have their taboos removed .
At the same time, Love Ya allows to gain insight into the everyday life of artists in their hometowns Cape Town and Johannesburg. During a tour throughout Europe, the spectator shall become conscious of what is possible despite depression, racism, poverty, aids, globalization, discrimination and ignorance – if there exist passion, visions and open perspectives.
And shows what may happen if we exceed the visible and invisible limits that obstruct our view.

The facts
Population: with a little more than 50 million people South Africa is the most populated country in Africa.
Total population:
Black Africans with over 78%
White Africans with over 10%
Colored people with over 8%
Indians with over 3%

Country:
Up to 70%, South Africa lies in the hand of white Africans. Straight after Brazil, South Africa features the second largest gap between the poor and the rich. Due to the catastrophic poverty situation mainly among the population of the Black, South Africa has increased the health and education budget up to 14 billion Rant.
Religion:
75,5% of the population consider themselves as Christians of the Anglican and Roman-Catholic Church. Other religions make up for 18%, among them for example Hindu with 1,4%, Moslems with 1,4% and Jews with 0,2%.

Government:
National Holiday is on 27th April (Freedom Day – Day of the first free elections in 1994). Since 1994, the ACN (African National Congress) of Nelson Mandela has ruled in coalition with the IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party) which mainly is the party of the Zulu population. By integrating the IFP into governmental responsibility, Nelson Mandela had achieved that both main political forces would act in concert to build up the country.
After the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa became member of the UNO and other international organizations.

The protagonists
In brief: Teba Shumba
Black African. Born and grown up in Guguleto, township in Cape Town, South Africa. Not attended school, learning-by-doing-program, Community Theatre, Reggae musician, Rastafari. Origin social worker. Radioman. Hip-hop. Dub. Dancehall.
Favorite music topics: social injustice, universal love, tolerance, equal rights.
Foundation of a band called “the Kwaito Band Skeem” in 1996 in Johannesburg, South African music award SAMA for the best hit: Waar was Jy?
2003, return to Cape Town to cooperate with African Dope Records Album: African Dope Sound System on Electro/Dub/Reggae Dancehall Compilation.
2004, solo debut album 20-5-2 Manifesto
2005 – 2011 tours throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand
2012, Lunch Album Artscape Theatre Cape Town

In brief: Alexander Levi
Music student at the Musical Academy in Cape Town, comes from Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.
Saxophone teacher, colored. Conductor. Member of the band SACM, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, MIAGI Youth Orchestra, Hugo Lambrecht Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
2007, studies for saxophone at the Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre
2008, with band at the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival
2009, school leaving examination at the Settlers High School Belleville. Member of the Hugo Lambrecht Players. Music tour through Germany, premiere in Austria. European Music Festival in Linz.
2010, Leader of the Royal Crusaders Christmas Band. Concert of the Royal Crusaders Christmas Band at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Studies at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. BMUS Performance in Classical Baritone Saxophone.
2011, Musical director at the local Christmas Band Union.

In brief: Kyla Davis
1998, graduated at the art academy in Braamfontein. Age 30 years. Lives in Gauteng, Johannesburg.
2008, founder of the Weel Worn Theatre in Johannesburg. Young dynamic theatre company about topics like social equity, globalization, climate change, sustainable and integral development, increasing economic consciousness. Director and producer at the Well Worn Theatre in Johannesburg.
Intention: With her Weel Worn Theatre Kyla Davis motivates the audience to follow their own positive emotional and spiritual development to become part of a better solution for the future of South Africa. Gets involved with young people. Considers art as an ideal culture medium for education and economic growth.

In brief: Bhekinhos Hlatswayo
Since 2001, music student at MIAGI (Music Is A Great Investment) Youth Orchestra Soweto Johannesburg.
Since 2007, teacher at musical school in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Plays the trumpet, lives in the centre of Soweto. Change maker in terms of music. Is involved with street work by means of music.
Regards music as a key to learn about social competence as a binding element beyond limits.
2012, European tour with MIAGI in Germany and Austria.

In brief: Markus Neustetter
South African with Austrian roots. German school in Johannesburg.
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand.
Southern African New Media Art Network
Cooperation:
Video Art Visual Collider Walter Stach BMEIA Project
2012, the last Artwork Exhibitions: The Trinity Session
Concept artist with a social context. Cultural activist.
His strategy: playful experiments with whom the South African society is reflected in a critical and provocative way.

The filming concept
The material for stories will be provided by the protagonists. During their everyday life in their hometown Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as during their tour abroad in Austria and Germany. With all their ups and downs.
By means of touching, moving, humorous encounters with other human beings who themselves have got stories to tell on their own. Just as the Indian South African Jyotika Ploier, Austrian by choice, who has been living in Wels, Upper Austria, since her marriage; or Silvia Raninger from Upper Austria, who has been living and working for many years in Cape Town as a lecturer as well as Linda Mates, Austrian by choice also her.
For the first time, the audience will gain insight into the world of these dedicated young artists over a length of 52 minutes in which the film undertakes a journey throughout the townships of Cape Town, to magnificent places in Johannesburg, giving evidence of the South African artistic community. It presents glamorous settings, shows the private homes of the performers. Cool music production facilities and impressive performances.
The film does not intend to provide answers to questions in a quick and superficial way but wants to go into deep with each single protagonist. It proves that there is needed more than hard rehearsals and a constant training to be able to make a living with music as a black or colored South African. Yet, it shows that young white artists demand everything from themselves to create a better South Africa together.
In a kaleidoscope way, the different perceptions, mindsets, attitudes and shifts of focuses of the musicians and other persons are entwined with each other with the intention to round off the film’s title and leading theme, “Love Ya”.
It fathoms the thesis saying that 20 years after the end of apartheid it has become easier for the next generation to do their own thing. These young are alive and have their own dreams. They perform, give their best, are though, yet vulnerable and sensitive.

The target group definition
The film appeals to every single spectator who is aware of his own identity as a modern and responsible European, open to experience an new perspective as an alternative to usual television portraits.
LOVE YA – a film about insights. Challenges. Modern performers. Border crossers.
LOVE YA – a film about observations. Experiences. Reflections. Inspirations. Influences from other cultures.
The subject mater of humanity has been gaining in meaning over the past period and will do so in the coming years. Big successes of films like “Welcome home” by Andreas Gruber and “Little Alien” by Nina Kusturiza, or “Afrika” by Othmar Schmiderer indicate that films about dedicated young people, who have bravely followed their own path, are very popular.

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