Three stories from The Golden Years selected for screening at District Six Museum

District Six Museum works with former residents from the area who were forcibly removed from their homes during apartheid. Many of them still live in different areas on the Cape Flats. The Museum’s projects include reminiscence work, storytelling, craft, discussions and film screenings with discussions.Surekha Singh, commissioning editor at SABC Education is proud to announce that District Six Museum will host various screenings of The Golden Years.

“The museum and some residents who saw the television series appreciated the stories so much because they can relate to the many scenarios. The three titles that grabbed their particular interest are the stories of Katrina Esau, Magrieta April (directed by Nadie Cloete) and Fatima Dike, (directed by Esley Philander) and produced by Elise Fernandez from Aurealism Pictures.

“This series is very special to the SABC, the show which airs on SABC2 celebrates and shares stories of challenges about our solid gold citizens and pays tribute to their contribution in building our country.”

Bonita Bennett, director at District Six Museum says: “The Golden Years will be screened at the museum’s ‘local day festival’ on August 8 to commemorate National Women’s Day and at the next gathering of the elderly residents women’s brunch on August 25 to add repertoire and include the elderly people.

In addition to this, the museum is co-hosting screenings as part of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival with UWC from 1-7 August with the University of Missouri who are the main sponsors of the Festival; The Golden Years will be added as a ‘bonus day’ to the film festival so it is linked but is also the museum’s stand-alone tribute to the women of South Africa.

Katrina Esau’s story focuses on the life and plight of one of the last speakers of the N/u language. The preservation and promotion of this dying indigenous language of South Africa is of utmost importance to Ouma Katrina Esau and her descendants.

Ouma Katrina’s activism is very prominent; can you imagine being the breadwinner at the age of eighty years old? Sadly this is the reality of many of our elders who live in abject poverty.

Ouma Katrina teaches the almost extinct N/u language in a last ditch effort to promote and preserve the language for posterity. We look at all the obstacles she faces in reaching this dream.

Ouma Katrina is a Komani San woman who resides in the Municipality of Rosedale, Upington, in the Northern Cape. She was born in an area called Klippin which is also near Upington. N/u is her mother tongue and sadly she is one of about 20 of the last speakers that we know of. Her dream is to preserve, promote and extend N/u to as many of the Khomani San people as possible.

Magrieta April decided to call Pella in the Northern Cape home, ever since she came to look after her sickly parents many decades ago.

She inherited her family’s goats. Magrieta aged 75 lives next door to her 85 year old sister, Ouma Sophie. The sisters are soul mates and do everything together. They even walk their goats into the fields for as much as their worn out bones can handle. The sisters work together when it comes to milking the goats. Ouma Sophie holds the goats by the horns and Ouma Magrieta does the milking.

The story of Magrieta is more than just her goats. It is about companionship and relationships in their golden years. The family are also involved in the Namastap dance where younger family and community members entertain the elders by hosting competitions.

Fatima Dike from the township of Langa is an unsung yet highly accomplished playwright with huge aspirations for her theatre projects. In addition to this her affiliation with Brama Kumaris Community adds a novel and interesting dimension to her character.

Her fear in relation to soaring crime in her community is among the many challenges she faces as an elderly woman.

Fatima, better known as Sis Fats has been directly affected by several violent crimes that caused her much pain and suffering. All four of her brothers were violently killed, leaving her and her two remaining sisters unable to let go of the gruesome memories.

Years later Sis Fats lost her only son out of her three children when he was shot at 29 years of age. Sis Fat’s also buried her 37 year old nephew, who was also a victim of crime. Sis Fats has been a victim of crime; her story deals with vulnerability at the age of 66.

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