Photo Albums and Films (scroll down for the films)

The photo albums are immediately below and the films are further down. There is also an external collection of films on Abahlali here.

Archived Photos from Abahlali's past, including

There are also some miscellaneous photos, beginning with No Land No House No Vote – first in a large album of photos.

Aoibheann O'Sullivan produced the first documentary about Abahlali, a 16 minute film, back in 2005. You can watch "Kennedy Road and the Councillor" by clicking here.

For raw footage of the 3 December 2006 protest against the NGO take over of the Social Movements Indaba shot by Antonis Vradis click here. Fazel Khan and Sally Gilles also have many hours of footgage from the 2005 meeting and Khan and Vradis are working on a film about Abahlali and the SMI.

Also, check Giles and Khan's 21 minute documentary – Breyani and the Councillor – and these clips from local news.

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Giles and Khan's most recent film is Nayager Falls, Abahlali Rises, and it's available below. This version doesn't include the wonderful footage of the release of the Kennedy 6 (on bail) but that will be added soon. Since this march on Nayager there has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of the Sydenham police.

Ben Cashdan, South Africa's acclaimed documentarist, has made a film for the Open Democracy Advice Centre about Abahlali baseMjondolo's attempts to find out what the city has in store for them. Watch all three parts of the video here.

NEW: Click here, to watch Dear Mandela at YouTube, a six minute film by the lovely people at Sleeping Giant Films, 17 February 2008, or click on the \'play button below to watch it here. (You can also click here to watch a slightly longer version at YouTube.)

Kennedy Road Fire 1 August 2008

Jenny Morgan's film, A Place in the City (November, 2008) is available from Fahamu and an excerpt is available at YouTube.

On May 14, Abahlali baseMjondolo traveled from the shacks of Durban to South Africa's Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. In a landmark case they argued that a provincial law known as the 'Slums Act' violates the constitution. They were joined at the court by the Anti-Eviction Campaign, the Landless Peoples Movement, the Rural Network and AbM Western Cape.

This is a mobile update from Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell, who are in South Africa on their first production shoot for the feature documentary film 'Dear Mandela'.

Music by Cupha Mbonambi.
Sleeping Giant 2009

Elkartasun Bideak has made a whole collection of short films on Abahlali baseMjondolo (and other movements here and around the world – like the Rural Network and MST). Click here and here to see some more of his work. He has also completed a recent film on the eMacambini project. Two of his films on AbM are below.

Txaboletan bizi direnak from elkartasunbideak on Vimeo.

New video has been put together from the scene at Kennedy Road. Eyewitnesses to the menacing mob on Saturday night directly contradict both the official ANC story that 'Abahlali-connected people' perpetrated the attack and the ridiculous comment by Ward Councilor Yakoob Baig that the community is 'terrified of Abahlali'. The slightest scrutiny reveals that in fact Abahlali was the target of the vicious 36 hours plus of deadly mob violence. In the 3 days since at least 4 people have been killed, many injured and over 1,000 have been displaced from the settlement under threats of violence. Their safe return has no secure guarantee and has not even been addressed by the ANC or police. The ANC's persistent support and connection to the actual attackers proves that the government is at a minimum complicit in the violence. At the moment no member of the armed mob these witnesses were threatened by has been arrested while 8 unarmed members of the Kennedy Road safety committee, which was protecting Abahlali members that night, are in police custody facing possible murder charges. Abahlali President S'bu Zikode and Vice President Lindela Figlan remain refugees, unable to return to their homes at Kennedy Road while the armed mob holding death threats over their heads roams free to terrorize the remaining residents at the settlement. In fact anyone with even the most cursory connection to Abahlali, for example the ladies who cook for children in the crèche near the Abahlali office are being threatened and forced to leave. Please watch this video as it is an important counter to the blatant lies being peddled by the ANC and swallowed whole by much of the South African media. You can watch on YouTube here.

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