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Panel Discussions

Defamation - Q&A with Director Yoav Shamir

Thursday 9 July at 8.30pm chaired by Nathan Geffen, Treasurer and Board Member of TAC, Board member of Equal Education, and co-organiser of the 2008 South African Human Rights delegation’s visit to Israel and the West Bank. He lives on Open Shuhaea Street. Sunday 12 July at 6pm chaired by Shelagh Gastrow, Executive Director of Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement, and a specialist in matters relating to philanthropy and civil society.

Waltz with Bashir and Slaves Caught up in the Machine

There will be two panel discussions after these films on Sunday 5 July at 2.30pm and Tuesday 14 July at 8.30pm. Among the Panelists are: Prof. Schabbir Ahmed Wadee, Head of Forensic Pathology, Tygerberg Hospital, member of Physicians for Human Rights; Prof. Sebastian van As, Head of Trauma Unit, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, member of Physicians for Human Rights; Shirley Gunn, former Umkhonto we Sizwe commander; Haroon Gunn -Salie, survivor of torture, aged 16 months, at the hands of the Security Police; Andries Botha, award winning sculptor and arts activist; Greig Coetzee, award-winning actor and playwright.

Daughter of Spirits Mother of Mine Ubizo - Blessing or Curse ?

Sunday 19 July at 4pm Sangomas (traditional healers) respond to Ubizo (the calling) from the Amadlozi (ancestors) and undergo Ukuthwasa (training), which may take years. It is often a difficult path for the individuals and their relationships with family, friends, in the work place and the church. Those that ignore ubizo opt for a life of illness and heartache. Despite these difficulties sangomas are highly respected in their communities and almost 80% of the black population of South Africa seeks their advice and treatments. This discussion will engage with the physical and emotional effects of ubizo, as raised in the film.

Discussants are:

  • Tebogo Nkoana, began as a thwasa at age 14, initiated that same year;
  • Annelie Zanemvula de Wet, trained in 2004 in Pondoland as a sangoma at age 46. She is a freelance journalist and poet;
  • Lindy Masechaba Dlamini, Honours graduate in Business Administration, a Personal Development specialist, initiated in 2006 as a sangoma.