This short film explores the importance of saving and the positive impact that it makes on low-income homeowners in South Africa. The women interviewed explain how saving has helped them achieve financial stability despite the numerous challenges that they have had to overcome.Watch / Comment
The archipelago of Lamu, Kenya is made up of a series of remote island communities. A great number of whom have little or no access to medical care and have to travel for days over land and sea in order to reach their nearest dispensary. In many cases, there is no choice other than to stay at home and die.Watch / Comment
Meet Nana, she is a bright, beautiful, intelligent young woman who works hard to support her two young children and she has serious aspirations to become a journalist.
Surprisingly, only a few years ago she was in and out of prison, she was a gang member, a drug addict and a school drop-out.Watch / Comment
A simple portrait of two women living and working in Cape Town. One lives in a squatter camp. The other next door to me in the city centre. Despite living in the same city, their worlds are far apart. Through the work of the Big Issue, their paths cross and, momentarily, a bridge is built, a connection is made. Support the Big Issue. Build more bridges. The Change is in your pocket. For more information, or to make a donation please visit www.bigissue.org.zaWatch / Comment
The Transition to Independent Living Programme (TIL) offers South African Youth living in residential care homes individual mentorship to help them with the often overwhelming challenge of leaving a care home and becoming independent young adults in the outside world. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.offthestreetkids.orgWatch / Comment
IkamvaYouth is a by-youth, for-youth educational organization that enables young learners in township schools to lift themselves out of poverty and into university or employment. The film follows Akhona, a young learner who is studying for her Matric exams and Siyabulela, a previous Ikamva learner who is now at University but who still goes back to Ikamva to tutor the next generation of young learners so that they, like him, can move towards their dreams, leaving abject poverty behind them. Their stories highlight the successful way in which Ikamvayouth helps township youth overcome their many challenges by taking their future into their own hands through education. To learn more, or to make a donation, please visit www.ikamvayouth.orgWatch / Comment
Adonis Musati was 23 years old when he fled troubled Zimbabwe and traveled to Cape Town. He spent weeks on end queuing for asylum papers, sleeping in a cardboard box outside the Home Affairs office. In November 2005 he was found dead. The Autopsy confirmed that this young man had died of starvation. This film follows a group of Cape Town volunteers who, on hearing of this untimely death, decided to make it their mission not to let any more refugees die on their city streets. They formed the Adonis Musati Project which reaches out to all struggling refugees.
To learn more or to make a donation, please visit www.adonismusatiproject.org
Butterfly Films is run by Anna Telford, a British filmmaker with over 8 years experience in the film industry who has worked alongside world-renowned British filmmakers such as Jonathan Glazer, Peter Cattaneo and Nick Broomfield. Her most recent project of note is the multi-award winning Docu-Drama Feature Film, 'Battle for Haditha.' She moved to South Africa in 2008 in order to set up Butterfly Films and greatly enjoys collaborations with other filmmakers.