Touching Concrete

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    Touching Concrete

    Directed by

    South Africa, Germany

    2017

    58 min

    • English
    • Zulu

    Documentary

    In an overpopulated neighbourhood of Johannesburg, we drift with 16-year-old Tebogo and 15-year-old Karabo through their turf as a spectator for one summer. Their turf, that’s underground car parks, high rise roofs, nocturnal streets, where they dawdle away the time, somewhere between boredom and energy to burn. The conflicts with their single mothers, however, the violence and death in the streets are omnipresent. Karabo feels the pressure more and more while Tebogo sees it as a continuous supply of material for games. He lives by the “anyway” principle when he balances on the parapet of a high rise roof or dances into the path of moving cars with friends and defies everything with a provoking smile. The future looms over these kids’ presence. But they refuse to allow it to rule them yet.

    Awards

    • Best Medium Length Film - Visions du Réel

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ilja Stahl
    Cinematography
    Niclas Reed Middleton
    Editing
    Florian Riegel
    Music
    Under Question
    Production
    WEYDEMANN BROS. GMBH
    Ilja Stahl

    Ilja Stahl

    Germany

    Ilja Stahl is a photographer and filmmaker born in West-Berlin. He studied art direction at the Red and Yellow College in Capetown, producing several published advertising spots and campaigns. Later he focused on experimental filmmaking and photography before studying art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. During his studies, he extended his field of work to documentaries and animations.
    His latest film project TOUCHING CONCRETE shot in Johannesburg's notorious district Hillbrow, is a situationistic walk departing from the question: "Does the city belong to the people or the people to the city?"
    Since his childhood, photography has been an important medium to capture his daily life, feelings and thoughts in a personal and poetic style.