Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope tells the powerful story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa. It’s 20 years after Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with crime, unemployment and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment and inequality?
The Dorp (The Real Cape Town): A society challenged by gang violence and drug abuse but with people that want to make a difference. We follow four characters representing four generations (childhood, youth, adulthood and senior) through their neighbourhood. We meet their friends and family and get insights into their schools and cultural activities. They see their surroundings out of different angles and find themselves in different situations. They all wish for better, for a brighter future. But there isn’t much reason for the youth to stay away from drugs, crime and gangs. The frustration about this dreary existence finds expression in a violent clash with Police and Metro Police – one of the biggest community uprisings against the authorities in the area since Apartheid has ended.