If I weren’t living so far away up in Aberdeen I’d be at this film screening and talk by Dr Rebekah Lee, in History Department at Goldsmiths, in an instant. I encourage you to go nonetheless as it sounds fascinating and very topical. Details below:
The Price of Death
Rebekah Lee, 29 mins, UK
‘The Price of Death’ explores the cost of death in contemporary South
Africa through the intertwined stories of Dikela Funeral
Services, a family-run business based in a sprawling township in Cape Town,
and the grieving family who hire Dikela to organize
a funeral in a remote town 1000 kilometres away. In a context of economic
deprivation and the devastation of an ongoing
HIV/AIDS epidemic, the emergent funeral industry has created opportunities
and risks, both moral and material, in post-
apartheid South Africa.
Followed by Q&A session with director.
Richard Werbner Award for Visual Ethnography 2013
Ethnographic Film Series at SOAS, Wednesdays 1 PM,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)