The Invisible People

This documentary looks into the unique subculture of the impoverished white Afrikaans community of South Africa, a demographic largely ignored by the media, both locally and in the world at large. In a country still suffering the aftereffects of Apartheid, impoverished Afrikaners find little sympathy in the current political environment, and their plight goes largely unnoticed.

But poverty affects all races in the same way. Everyone has a story, and in every story there is heartbreak as well as hope, if you look hard enough.

  • Darren Parker
  • Kristie-Lynn Angus
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 35 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Darren Parker

Darren Parker is passionate about telling stories that reflect real life issues. He is unafraid of tackling sore and sensitive subjects that capture the zeitgeist and unique energy of the wonderful, obscure and diverse subcultures of South Africa, and the world. Darren tackles these stories with sensitivity and with insight into the humanity that exists within each subject he broaches.

Darren graduated with cum laude at the end of 2015 with a B.A. degree in film, having majored in Film Directing and Screenwriting. This is Darren’s second Bachelor’s degree, having graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 with a B.Com in Business Management. He completed his B.A. Honours degree with distinction at AFDA in 2016.

Before studying to become a filmmaker, Darren spent some years as a journalist and then magazine editor for reputable trade publishing companies in Johannesburg. However, a side career in music drew Darren ever closer to the arts. From 2001 to 2009, he composed and co-produced several hit songs and albums for local South African artists such JubJub, Arde, Mean Mr Mustard, One80, Karen Micaela and CJay.

However, after years of practicing the art of writing in his journalistic field, as well as music composing, Darren sought to fulfill his lifelong dream of combining them into one art form - Film. Since 2013, Darren has: written, co-produced, directed, edited and scored some advertisements and has written and/or directed several well-received short films and documentaries, the latest being Incurable.

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