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FROM A WIDE RANGE OF DISCIPLINES.

SPRING QUEEN (2014) by Siona O’Connell

For the first time in almost 45 years, the annual fashion pageant of the clothing and textile workers of the Western Cape –  the Southern African Textile Workers’ Spring Queen (SACTWU)  –  will not take place as a result of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Spring Queen’, released in 2014, highlights this pageant, and the challenges and opportunities of women of the local clothing and textile industry. It is a reminder of the losses that women of this industry continue to endure. Due to the pandemic, there have been  numerous retrenchment notices by clothing and textile companies,  coupled with significant short time as a result of loss and cancellation of orders by retailers. This impact is felt most acutely by women,  who compose  the biggest segment of the workforce of this industry. Many of these women, who are largely ‘black’ and ‘coloured’  are the  breadwinners in single-parent households.

An Impossible Return (2015) by Siona O’Connell

Professor Siona O’Connell’s film, ‘An Impossible Return’ looks at the aftermath of Cape Town’s forced removals.

Uitgesmyt (2018) by Siona O’Connell

Directed and produced by Prof. Siona O’Connell, ‘Uitegesmyt’ looks at a rhe first successful land restitution case in South Africa. The film considers the lives of the Elandskloof community in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape and highlights the shortcomings and challenges of land restitution in South Africa.

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