In-depth filmed interviews with a cross-section of individuals involved in the drought response
It is a defining characteristic of large complex adaptive systems in distress that
they defy simplistic analyses, glib solutions, readily available remedies. With that
in mind, this first phase of the project proactively seeks out a multiplicity of
voices, diverse perspectives, contrasting narratives.
The Cape Town Drought Response Film Library documents and gathers in one
place all the insights gleaned from the intense first-hand experience and unique
vantage points of a range of people closely involved in the city’s crisis response,
across a variety of sectors: government, business, agriculture, media, academia
and civil society.
The film library is a collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s African
Climate and Development Initiative and is intended primarily for local and
international researchers and journalists.
Each filmed interview, on average an hour in duration but in some cases running
to more than two hours, will be accompanied by a summary of the key points
made in that interview, a detailed index to the interview’s contents, and a short
bio of the interviewee. In some cases the summary and index are still in
To date 30 interviews have been conducted and filmed. Another 10 are planned.
When complete, the library will contain an estimated 45 hours of interview
footage, constituting by far the most comprehensive record of first-hand
observations, analyses and reflections on the event.
FILM LIBRARY SAMPLE PAGES
Group head of sustainability for Woolworths Holdings, one of South Africa’s leading retailers of food and clothing, headquartered in Cape Town.
Water programme manager at GreenCape, a non-profit organisation working to support the transition to a resilient green economy in the Western Cape.
Social innovator, entrepreneur and facilitator, rooted in the Cape Town tech ecosystem, testing new possibilities for collaboration that can solve complex social problems.