Created by: Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson
This film essay is about bushmen bboys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess. Entering the city through its plants and wetlands, the many-layered, painful and liberating history of the city emerges as we see how biologists, hip hoppers, and wetland activists each searches for ways to craft symbols of unity and cohesion. But this is a fraught and difficult task. Perhaps not even desirable. Plants, aliens, memories and ghosts keep troubling efforts of weaving stories about this place called Cape Town. Situated and grounded in lived experiences across a range of groups, this film follows different ways of knowing and tries to be a vehicle toward difficult yet urgently needed conversations about how race, nature and the city are intertwined in our postcolonial world. The film is directed towards a wider audience, from the general public to students and scholars. For teaching, it brings texture and understanding to understand a city like Cape Town, but also provides ample possibilities to translate what is happening “there” to conversations about your own city and surroundings.