A unique inside track on life in Africa’s fast changing cities.
PROJECT TITLE: Afropolitans
FORMAT: 6 x 48 minute Documentary Series
LOGLINE: A unique inside track on life in Africa’s fast changing cities.
SHOOT DATE: 2018/19
DIRECTORS: Meg Rickards & Bert Haitsma, plus various
DOP: Bert Haitsma
PRODUCERS: Paul Egan & Kim Williams
STRUCTURE: South African production / treaty co-production
‘The biggest change of our time? Africa’s increase from 1 to 4 billion people.’ – Prof. Hans Rosling
With African cities growing at breakneck speed, they are home to both dreams and nightmares. On the one hand, these metros represent the continent’s hopes for revival; on the other, life for many inhabitants is a daily battle for survival. In this unique new character-driven series we spend time with a small cross-section of Afropolitans in each of six cities: Kigali (Rwanda), Luanda (Angola), Asmara (Eritrea), Douala (Cameroon), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Khartoum (Sudan). In each we become intimately acquainted with what it is like to live and work as an Afropolitan: whether one is a member of the elite benefitting from the so-called African renaissance; or in the ‘middle’, hustling to make a living; or in the slums – struggling simply to eat. How do these different universes co-exist or collide in one cityscape?
Afropolitans connects the continent’s challenges to the daily lives of real people: from climate change and water scarcity to technological development and livelihoods. How does the palpable tension between culture and modernity play out in people’s lives? What is the human price of development? How are urbanites responding to the continent’s seismic shifts?