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Wavescape Festival Film Master Class
December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This year the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by Wesgro hosts the fourth iteration of their filmmaker’s masterclass. The masterclass – in collaboration with the UK Govt’s Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science as part of their Commonwealth Litter Programme – brings together some of South Africa’s top conservation experts and filmmakers.
Parking: Picbel Parkade, 58 Strand Street, Cape Town Centre (For own account)
The Changing Oceans Masterclass will comprise a panel of speakers who will discuss the changing narratives necessary to conscientize an audience to a conservation cause. We look at the challenges facing the modern filmmaker, who must try to overcome the denialism and corporate subversion that try to detract from the issues of our day. Moderated by filmmaker Chris Mason of Mason Brothers Film, speakers will include such luminaries as:
> Bryan Little (who is making a film with author Kimon de Greef who authored the book Poacher: Confessions from the Abalone Underworld)
> Swati Foster an award-winning environmental journalist from India and founding member of the Sea Change Project in Cape Town
> Anna Breytenbach, a South African interspecies communicator, animal activist, conservationist, and public speaker.
The Masterclass plots the way forward for filmmakers faced with a battery of challenges to telling compelling stories that incite conservation action. We look at the kind of film – from technique to narrative – that are the most powerful vehicles to initiate changes in mindset. We discuss how we negotiate the tricky strategies that corporates use to obfuscate issues, or even push a denialist agenda. We try to answer questions such as “Why is it so hard to tell conservation stories?” We look at the hegemonic dominance that keeps activism at bay by the rich and powerful.
We ask why climate change denialists have such a voice, and we look at the weapons used by the corporate world to cleverly and insidiously push against filmmakers trying to document the degradation of the natural world. Part of the answer lies in the observations, anecdotes and experience gleaned by Breytenbach, who has spent many hours studying the invisible relationships between animals and humans in the outdoors.
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