The 2015 PACSA Film and Arts Festival
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The 6th edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival, a social justice awareness and mobilization event, took place from the 24th to the 27th September at the Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme, ‘Imagine we all belong here’, explored the concept of belonging and invited the festival participants to imagine a richer sense of belonging: relationships of solidarity, of rootedness, of being at home; belonging that nurtures human dignity, creating spaces to live fully and well, to think and act upon our world.The festival included a cartoon exhibition and a conversation with two of SA’s foremost cartoonists, Brandan Reynolds and Qaps Mngadi; a theater production; poetry and comedy; book readings and discussions; a food festival; a Jazz evening and other forms of song and dance; art workshops; and 8 films which included, the world premiere of In the Shadows of Isandhlwana: The Rorke’s Drift Arts and Crafts Centre Story; The Square; Robert Sobukwe, a Gentle Soul; Man on Ground, and other films. More than 850 people attended the various events of the festival and judged the festival a huge success. It highlighted the power of art to give a voice to the marginalized and that the use of the visual arts – dance, theater, music, street performances, satire and film – explored the serious questions of our time in a way which is real and linked to our everyday experiences but also engages with our dreams of what can be.