CCA announces "Under the Dome" experimental film festival in collaboration with Iziko Museums

4 Jun 2019 - 12:00

Each year the Centre for Curating the Archive works on a number of collaborative projects with Iziko Museums of South Africa. This year we have had the pleasure of working alongside staff from Iziko's Planetarium to initiate a film festival for the digital dome. The idea for the festival began in 2018 when Cliff Bestall directed the short documentary film Fragments of an Untold History for the dome. The documentary looked at the under-documented female slaves of Cape Town’s past and their role as washerwoman. It was produced with help from: CCA and Iziko staff members, Karen Ijumba, Ofentse Letebele and Martin Wilson; Tracey “Khadija” Heeger, who wrote and performed a poem about the washerwoman; and Warrick Swinney, who worked on sound design.

After creating this documentary the CCA, in the hopes of producing more boundary-pushing content for a space that has been traditionally reserved for astronomy, put out a call to filmmakers throughout the country. Out of the many proposals we received we have chosen six films that will be launched at a festival at Iziko's Planetarium in November of this year. The project is run by: Lyndall Cain (project management and creative direction), Martin Wilson (technical direction and production), and Jade Nair (project management) with the help and support of Theo Ferreira (Iziko), Professor Thomas Jarrett (UCT), Ofentse Letebele (Iziko), Dr. Lucia Marchetti (UCT/UWC) and Sally Macfarlane (UCT). 


We are pleased to announce the names of our finalists and the titles of their projects:

Louise Coetzer and Oscar O'Ryan: WRPD

Thomas Dreyer, Adam Oosthuizen and Ross Eyre: Inside Out

Melvin Pather and Moeneeb Dalwai: Artists' Spaces

Phumulani Ntuli: Frequencies of a Birthmark: Episode One

Kali van der Merwe and Simon Dunckley: Animortis 

Jason Stapleton and Jacques van Zyl: Reflectance

Above image: still from Fragments of an Untold History (2018).