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Every year, the Project I AM organises the ‘Township Film School I AM’ in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township. This year the students created something especially for iFly KLM Magazine. The result is a series of fantastic videos and photographs. Watch and enjoy.

What did they create?
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Making their debut in front of a global audience

The Langa township is located just 15 kilometres outside of Cape Town. Despite the short distance, there is a world of difference between the cosmopolitan city centre and the hardships of Langa. The film industry in Cape Town is growing steadily, but the township residents don’t usually have the chance to participate. Project I AM aims to change this by offering disadvantaged youths the opportunity to produce their own films.

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During an intensive three-week programme, the students participate in internships at local partner organisations and enjoy workshops, while using the equipment that Project I AM has flown in from the Netherlands for this occasion. The project has been a huge success: five of the six students who participated in last year’s project have found paid work in the film industry.

We hope that by showcasing their work in iFly KLM Magazine, the ‘Class of 2016’ will be equally successful! These young people have the amazing opportunity to make their debut in front of a global audience.

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Class of 2016

Many people view the townships as places to stay clear of. The students from the Class of 2016 will show that Langa offers many interesting activities for Cape Town visitors. Watch the work of dance project Happy Feet, visit the Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture Centre and discover the spirit of Langa: Ubuntu! Eight top artists have captured their impressions of Langa.

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Simphiwe

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Simo

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Babalwa

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Sipho

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Mzimasi

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Lunga

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Vukile

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Nela

The coaches

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Basha

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Maarten

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Sara

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Alex

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Join us on a tour of Langa

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Ubuntu: the spirit of Langa

‘All for one and one for all’. This old African Ubuntu philosophy unites the Langa residents. Love and respect for each other, that is what really matters. In this video, three local youths talk about their Ubuntu connection.

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The Guga Sthebe Culture Centre

The Guga Sthebe Culture Centre offers the Langa residents a cultural venue. The centre hosts regular performances and also helps young entrepreneurs set up their own business.

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Township tour of Langa

A visit to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Langa. A tour of the township offers a unique insight into the local way of life and provides a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of Cape Town.

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Dance project Happy Feet

Happy Feet is a dance project founded in 2007 by Langa local Siviwe Mbinda. His traditional ‘gumboot dance’ helps to keep children off the street, motivating youths to set goals in life.

Experience Langa

Would you like to visit the Happy Feet dance project or explore Langa on a township tour? Cape Town Township Tours can make it happen. Langa resident Siviwe Mbinda set up this tour company to show visitors the real Langa. 

Check out his website for tour information.

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