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Cape town filmmaker, Kurt Orderson explored artistic expression in his early lifetime beginnings. After mastering crafts of his creations from his backyard in the Cape 'ghettos'(beyond Table Mountain),he ventured out into the world, rising up to becoming one of Africa's leading filmmakers.
Kurt initiated his career during his studies as a trainee at the SABC, ( South African Broadcasting Corporation), earning mere stipends for daily living expenses.
He defined his unique aesthetic voice and was soon acknowledged as a director and cinematographer on several key productions.
He founded his independent production company, “Azania Rizing”.
“Azania Rizing” is a tool for the African diaspora to rise up and map African legacies around the world on a global storytelling platform.
His major works include:
“The Unseen Ones”
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” Bob Marley
Not in My Neighborhood explores spatial violence, current gentrification and the post-apartheid era. It compares Cape Town , Johannesburg and New York uncovering the threads that exist between people that are miles apart.
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
What drives me is ultimately the great history and achievements of Africa, and I guess also within a broad order global perspective is my people that inspire me and drive me. I am from South Africa, a very specific region in South Africa, Cape Town.
More specifically I am from a township from that is part of a strip of what would be known as the “ghettos”, the Cape Flats, there is a rich history of storytelling, a great significance of the epicenter of what the foundation of the space, basically built on the legacy of apartheid. The legacy of architectural and apartheid spatial planning ideally separated people (which was an actual policy with the group areas act ) that had a great significance of breaking up families, literally…… families scattered.
I think what maintains a traditional oral form of storytelling, obviously remained significant, it inspired my body of work ultimately that’s my drive, Africa’s history, Africa’s achievements. One is inspired by Africa’s legacy, the epicenter of academia and Timbuktoo…storytelling and the arts and crafts of storytelling ultimately started there and spread across the globe.
My true passion….well I am very passionate about just listening, sitting and listening to people telling stories, whether happy or sad, ultimately passion for me personally, is driven by a deep desire of wanting to change the landscape of..change how people perceive each other. I think it’s those stories of those people who done it in the past and are still doing it, that’s what drives my passion. I am inspired by their passion, I think I apply it to my life.That for me is what passion is. Passion goes deeper, the engine or driving force for one to do something. I think ultimately wanting to do something is ultimately passion…the driving force…
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
How did I find my passion….well that’s an interesting question? I think for me when I finished high school, I was definitely inspired by the visual medium and visual arts. There was obviously the influence of television and Hollywood tv, I guess, but also my parents influenced me.
My father was a screen printer, which is ultimately a visual artist, although he didn’t call himself that, based on conditioning of the system that shaped him, apartheid South Africa. The idea that you were limited to do certain things when it comes to art black folks were deprived in a large historical moment of what the status quo says what you do and what you can become. My father is a strong reference to creating images and applying it to a t-shirt, applies similarly script to screen.
I think its an interesting analogy, metaphor for making films, taking a rich traditional medium and applying it to my work. I think that is how I found