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Sep 25, 2016 11:22 EST

Ashe: One night after witnessing an unfamiliar man come to her home and threaten her sister to relocate their family, Baby (10) attempts to protect her family, and does so with the help of someone else who has been there all along.

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2016

Ashe

One night after witnessing an unfamiliar man come to her home and threaten her sister to relocate their family, Baby (10) attempts to protect her family, and does so with the help of someone else who has been there all along.

About This Project

ASHE was conceptualised by our all-women team when it became evident that there weren’t many films in a South African and global context that had vibrant and strong female leads. Often female characters are depicted in cinema as supporting characters pushing forward the narrative of men. Our film’s development is highly focused on exploring the ways of representing social and political issues prevalent in our country – specifically the plights of women and the many individuals facing relocation. We have tackled this through the telling of a fantastical story of redemption, and the voyage of self-discovery.

One night after witnessing an unfamiliar man come to her home and threaten her sister to relocate their family, Baby (10) attempts to protect her family, and does so with the help of someone else who has been there all along.

The film provides an allegory for the issue of gentrification. We want to allow the audience a chance to reflect on the issue of forced removals, and how it affects people on an incredibly intimate level.

 

We are an all-woman crew from the University of Cape Town working on our graduation film. 

Co-director and co-producer – Amy Braaf is a film and English major who is much like a glass of champagne; small, bubbly and makes you feel giddy after just few minutes.

Co-director and cinemaographer – Yoza Mnyanda has the voice of an angel, the vision of a champion, and the vulgarity of a sailor.

Producer – Noli Masango once produced a short in which she was required to stop a train in the middle of its tracks. But don’t ask her to stop her own vehicle – she has no idea how to parallel park.

Editor – Julia Breakey was a computer science major who decided to screw it and pursue what she really loves. Unfortunately petting dogs wasn’t a viable career pursuit, so she ultimately stuck with filmmaking instead. 

Production designers – |||Kiara||| and Thandi Gula-Ndebele are a power duo who have built two houses in the span of two weeks. Powerhouses, if you will.

 

Kelly Braaf is a 9 year old girl who plays hockey, does ballet and models. She is very excited to be working on a film set, and we are all very excited that we get to work with such an incredibly talented young actress.

Ameera Conrad is a drama major at UCT who has worked on countless productions. She has written her own plays and uses those skills to put the meat on the bones of all the roles she undertakes.

Christoff Scholtz was street cast and was so keen to be part of the film that he missed his friend’s party to lend us his face. His face may be Bad Guy, but he is all helping hands and compassion behind those deep-set eyes.

So where will your money be going? 

This is how our budget is currently split up:

If you donate to our film, we’ll be able to:

– submit our film to more festivals

– invest in marketing

– use better software in post-production 

– create a more realistic set

– pay someone to help us create a beautiful soundscape

We are incredibly proud of the effort and passion we have all put into this film. We believe in it. We hope you do too. 

Check out our Facebook page at 

https://www.facebook.com/ashes…  to keep up with our progress:

Test shoot footage

Behind the scenes

Crew Interviews

Posters

Fundraiser photos

 

The Team

We are an all womxn team who are passionate about this project, we are focused on making films that are not only innovative but change the locked mindsets of those around us.

Contact Information:

[email protected]

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