This film was inspired by a statistic, quoted by numerous South African water resource campaign groups, claiming that ‘women in South Africa collectively walk the equivalent of 16 times?to the moon and back, every day, gathering water’.
The idea of following a young girl’s feet, in low-level close-up, as she treks across the hazardous township terrain to standpipe, was director Sven Harding’s creative response to Wateraid’s sH20rts festival brief, calling for films that give the viewer a unique perspective on the theme of water.
The discovery that the original sound recordings from the Apollo lunar space expeditions were available in the public domain, for use in non-commercial projects, provided the finishing touch.
Juxtaposed with this audio, and an atmospheric music track, the girl’s slow-motion feet (shot at 100fps), and the arid terrain they traverse, evoke memories of grainy footage the astronaut’s gravity-free steps on the moon’s surface.
The film was shot in Philippi and Nyanga, with a micro crew that included Sven’s long-time collaborator, cinematographer Wayne de Lange. Equipment, production and post-production services were donated by Cape Town’s Silver Bullet Productions and Media Film Service.
Moonwalk has been nominated for a potential award at the sH2Orts film festival, held to promote World Water Day on 22nd March, 2014. The film will also be screened at Cape Town’s Watershed Film Festival, which runs at the Labia cinema from 21-24th March, 2015.
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