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MIXED SPACE is a short film that explores the ways experiences of mixed- race adults straddle South Africa’s post-apartheid paradox. Initially a series of focus groups, MIXED SPACE draws from Zara's own experience of being mixed-race in South Africa. It aims to create a space for self-identification, in a socio-political context that often disavows the nuances of blackness in the so-called “Rainbow Nation”. 

 Given how race continues to be classified in South Africa, those individuals who are "historically mixed" have been designated their own supposed racial classification, "coloured" as formalised during apartheid legislation. Towards the end of apartheid, however, there emerged a new wave of first-generation mixed-race children whose parents often defied the immorality and mixed marriages acts, and engaged in interracial relationships. Whilst these relationships speak conveniently for South Africa's "rainbow nation" rhetoric, their production of putatively "post-racial" children has illuminated blind spots in South Africa's race conversations, where most mixed-race adults, 23 years after apartheid, do not possess the language to make sense of their identities and intersections. 

Given how race continues to be classified in South Africa, those individuals who are "historically mixed" have been designated their own supposed racial classification, "coloured" as formalised during apartheid legislation. Towards the end of apartheid, however, there emerged a new wave of first-generation mixed-race children whose parents often defied the immorality and mixed marriages acts, and engaged in interracial relationships. Whilst these relationships speak conveniently for South Africa's "rainbow nation" rhetoric, their production of putatively "post-racial" children has illuminated blind spots in South Africa's race conversations, where most mixed-race adults, 23 years after apartheid, do not possess the language to make sense of their identities and intersections. 

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 The film project acts as an experiment - where participants explore what it means for them to be mixed in a hyper-racialized country that ironically disavows the nuances of their racial identities in race-conscious dialogues. Working from a framework of intersectionality, MIXED SPACE acknowledges this gap in the South African race conversation and hopes to generate a wider sense of mirroring for mixed individuals by encouraging that they take charge of their own narratives and representations in the telling of their lived realities.

The film project acts as an experiment - where participants explore what it means for them to be mixed in a hyper-racialized country that ironically disavows the nuances of their racial identities in race-conscious dialogues. Working from a framework of intersectionality, MIXED SPACE acknowledges this gap in the South African race conversation and hopes to generate a wider sense of mirroring for mixed individuals by encouraging that they take charge of their own narratives and representations in the telling of their lived realities.

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  Press:   Feature in  Mail & Guardian  Interview in  Design Indaba   Interview on  Cape Talk Radio  Feature in  The Times    Upcoming screening details:   TBA   Past screenings:    Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival  Johannesburg, South Africa   Soweto Art Week  Johannesburg, South Africa  THE LABS at  CHALE WOTE   Terra Alta  Accra, Ghana   Women, Film & post-apartheid South Africa   Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education  Cape Town, South Africa   Keleketla! Library   King Kong Johannesburg, South Africa   I/mages of Tomorrow  Goldsmiths College London, UK  Media Room  AVA Gallery   Cape Town, South Africa  

Press:

Feature in Mail & Guardian
Interview in Design Indaba 
Interview on Cape Talk Radio
Feature in The Times

Upcoming screening details:

TBA

Past screenings:

Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival
Johannesburg, South Africa

Soweto Art Week
Johannesburg, South Africa

THE LABS at CHALE WOTE
Terra Alta
Accra, Ghana

Women, Film & post-apartheid South Africa
Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education
Cape Town, South Africa

Keleketla! Library
King Kong
Johannesburg, South Africa

I/mages of Tomorrow
Goldsmiths College
London, UK

Media Room
AVA Gallery 
Cape Town, South Africa