This Wednesday: Film Screening of AFRICA SHAFTED

Future Cape Town will be collaborating with Pidgin Perfect on 21 May to host a workshop, film screening and Twitter conversation as part of the World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014 project: The Power of Film to Transform Lives and Communities.

Pidgin Perfect have teamed up with African film researcher Natalia Palombo, in an exciting collaboration with the British Council’s Connect ZA project, and Creative Scotland to deliver the project.


WEDNESDAY, 21 May 2014



What if we designed the perfect apartment block for a city like Cape Town? What would it look like, but more importantly how have film and visuals projecting and featuring apartment block-living influenced our design thinking? And, where does such design thinking currently sit within an African context, where cities are rapidly growing as a result of urbanisation. Do we have a chance to do it differently?

Working in groups, participants from different disciplines will co-design visions and elements of a modern day African apartment block that fits in with the ideals, visions, concepts or dreams of a world class, liveable African City.

  • 19:00 –  20:30 SCREENING of AFRICA SHAFTED
A timeless, universal documentary filmed entirely in the lifts of Africa’s tallest apartment: 8 lifts, 400 flats, 4400 people. Africa Shafted is a 56-minute documentary filmed over two and a half years in what has been nicknamed the “the building of the organisation of African unity”, Ponte Towers, Africa’s tallest apartment building. Find out more about the film, the people and the building here
The screening will be followed up with a live discussion which will also take place over social media during Future Cape Town and This Big City’s monthly #CityTalk discussing how film and film making has influenced city making.


Woodstock Exchange

66 Albert Road, Woodstock, 7295
3rd Floor
Cape Town, South Africa



Please RSVP to or stating whether you will be attending

1. The Workshop

2. The Screening

3. Or Both


Limited spaces available for both.