Amidst the Chaos - JFF Discovery Competition

Amidst the Chaos is a short documentary that encapsulates the socio-economic dynamics in Africa. From the South African landscape, the story takes the viewer through the daily life of an average person. Issues of access to quality resources (such as clean water, infrastructure and transportation), food security, electricity, public health and gender parity are addressed throughout this documentary. The cut and paste montage style of the audio and visual clippings not only creates a multi-textured feel but it also emulates how lived experiences can be viewed differently from the perspective of the masses. Which begs the question, 'how have we come to accept this chaos as our order'?

Amidst the Chaos is the result of a #MobileFilmmaking course which was initiated by The Wot-If? Trust in 2018 to empower young women from Diepsloot with film content and production skills. The girls and women from this group ranged in age from 9 - 26 and were trained by award-winning filmmaker, Shelley Barry from twospinningwheels.

  • Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu
  • Pfano Netshambidi
  • Snenhlanhla Mthembu
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Mobile Filmmaking
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Mobile Filmmaking Showcase
    Diepsloot, Johannesburg
    South Africa
    August 30, 2019
Director Biography - Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu

Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu is a passionate and hard-working soul who thoroughly enjoys researching, observing and interpreting the happenings of our Universe; past, present and Afro-futuristically. Shabangu is a single mother to her son Zaïre (which means the river that swallows all rivers). Nokwanda's style, prose and perspective are often Romantic and realistic. Other than being a full-time IT student and digital content creator, Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu performs her poetry and songs, either solo or with her Poetic Sextet (PS) band in and around Johannesburg. In 2015, her band independently released an EP titled #OpenLetters and are currently saving up money to record and distribute a commercial debut album. Other artistic mediums done by this director include an:

● eBook Anthology contribution - Let Lovers Make Love:
● Independent EPK released in 2015:

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