On Monday, may 23, the Mayme Clayton Museum and Library will screen “I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured,” a film examining the legacy of apartheid from the viewpoint of Cape Town’s Coloured citizens. Considered the majority population in the Western Cape Province, under the apartheid laws they were neither white nor black racially. In 1994 South Africa’s Coloured community embraced Bishop Desmond Tutu’s concept of the all encompassing “rainbow nation,” but soon realized that freedom, privilege, economic growth and equal representation would not include them in the new South Africa.
Director, Kiersten Chace focuses her lens on the Cape Coloured community’s plight, and informs us of a vibrant, yet struggling, people adrift without a cohesive, collective voice. The film delves into the history of the Cape Coloureds and South Africa’s unique Apartheid history. First hand accounts of life under Apartheid and the present day ANC government that promised to bring hope to all South Africans are expressed by local elders, community leaders, political figures, clergy, educators, and college students within the film.The film will screen at 7 p.m following a reception at 6 p.m.
The film running time is 78-minutes. Immediately following the film will be a discussion with filmmaker and producer, Kiersten Chace, Dr. Michael Adams, actress, Lesley Ann Brandt, Pastor, Raymond LeFleur, and Pastor,Edgar Michaels. Panelists will participate in the discussion live and via Skype from Cape Town and Minneapolis.
St. Clair Bourne’s 4th Mondays Documentary Film Screening Series is named in honor of the late founder of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West (BAD West), St. Clair Bourne. The Series is a traditional monthly gathering for artists and scholars actively working in film, television and theater to stimulate discussion on culture, political principles, and creative techniques. The Series is held on the 4th Monday of the month at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum located at 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City, CA, the new venue for the series. Admission is free.