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MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI

MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI
Scene from MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI (photo © Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Extension 11 - one of many districts in the Mamelodi township in South Africa. Welcome to the "shack side". Running water, electricity and paved roads are nowhere to be found. But even here there is of course daily life, which the Mtsweni family masters with routine and ingenuity. Father Steven puts all his energy into his small kiosk located in the township, thus keeping his family afloat and enabling his children an education. His daughter "Mosquito" is fighting her way through the confusion of puberty and dreams of a career as a professional footballer or paleontologist. Born in 1993, during the abolition of apartheid, she is part of a new generation that believes in the chance of a career and a better life. Will the 2010 Soccer World Cup hosted in their country have an impact on the daily life of the family?

A portrait of a family made up of two South African generations, their hopes, disappointments, dreams and realities.


Benjamin Kahlmeyer was born in 1982 in Marburg. After graduating from high school and completing his civilian service and a stay abroad in France, he studied Philosophy and Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2003-2005. He went on to work at the community radio station Offener Kanal Berlin, supervising the youth editorial team. This was followed by a succession of internships at various commercial and feature film production companies, where he gained experience as a sound mixer, production assistant and co-director. It was also around this time that he first started to create and develop his own video work and film music projects. From 2005, studied Documentary Film at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. He graduated in 2011 with his documentary MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI.
Genre Family, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Cinematography Stefan Neuberger
Producer Boris Frank
Production Companies Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Jolle Film/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with SWR
Length 75 min
Format HD, color, 16:9
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Festivals San Francisco 2012, Hot Docs Toronto 2012, Planete Doc 2012, Guanajuato 2012
Awards HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award Hot Docs Toronto 2012
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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