Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stand Up for Your Rights ...Benjy Francis

More than 20 film clubs headed into Joburg’s townships for the 2nd annual Film Clubs Conference where they discussed how the arts can change lives. The aim of this volunteer-based organisation is to develop a socially conscious arts and culture movement against the backdrop of an ever- deepening crisis in youth participation and development in the arts, fueled by poverty and inequality. 

We chatted to Benjy Francis, a true warrior and champion, about how he uses the silver screen as a tool for social transformation… Benjy told us of a group of young Alexandra residents who photographed images of environmental degradation, neglect and unhygienic living conditions in the township on World Environment Day last year, “The images show quite clearly how this impacts on the residents dignity and human rights,” he said. “The exhibit served as a "third eye" showing us what we take for granted in our lives.” 

"I believe in the power of human beings to change the world"  
- Benjy Francis on the iStart2 Show

Benjy "starts2" by committing to motivate young artists to enter the iStart2 Challenge. Great support from a man who uses the Arts as a catalyst to develop youth in areas where sadly, everyone else has given up.

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Thought for the day: 

Will your party deliver on the sustainability challenges we face in our country? 

Tune in at 17h30 to the iStart2 Show on Radio Today 1485 AM in Jozi, Nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 869 or worldwide on Show hosted by Pierre du Toit and the  The show is broadcast every Monday at 17h30 and repeated on Thursdays at 17h30 (SA Time). Visit our  website: and join our movement.