24 February 2012

Al Jazeera documentary about Johannesburg - "Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell" (50min)

In the 50min Al Jazeera documentary "Hillbrow: Between Heaven and Hell", Filmmaker Clifford Bestall is taking us on a personal journey to the heart of one of South Africa's most dangerous neighbourhoods. Through the stories of some of its residents, including an old white Jewish lady that never left, Clifford Bestall, who grew up in an all-white Hillbrow in the 1960s, reveals a rich seam of today's urban South African experience. Hillbrow is the inner city residential neighbourhood of Johannesburg.

Witness is Al Jazeera English's flagship documentary strand, presenting four international documentaries each week. It is presented by Ghida Fakhry and showcases documentaries commissioned from independent filmmakers around the world. The "films focus especially on people whose stories are rarely heard - people at the margins of society and people who are somehow surviving the pressures of international news events" (via Al Jazeera).

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