Premiere at Durban International Film Festival!

Dear Friends,

The world premiere of the Global Arts Corps documentary film on the Truth in Translation project–A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake–will take place this coming Sunday at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. This year’s festival will honor the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election to the South African presidency. For those of you who can attend, the two screening dates and locations are listed below. Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

Durban International Film Festival Screenings:

  • July 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm * – Suncoast Cinema
  • July 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm – Suncoast Cinema 

 For more information on the venue, please visit the festival website, here.

* Directly following the July 20th screening,Deputy Chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Alex Boraine, and award winning political commentator and author Max du Preez will facilitate a question and answer session with the audience. They will be joined by Truth in Translation cast members Thembi Mtshali-JonesNick Boraine, and Fana Mokoena, as well as Yvette Hardie, South African producer ofTruth in Translation and Consulting Producer of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake.


Unmasking Reconciliation: 20 Years On….Moving Beyond the Cliché

In addition, audience members are warmly invited to attend an informal morning discussion on July 21st, at 10:30am in the Tugela Room of the Maharani Hotel to unpack the notion of reconciliation within the context of the milestone of 20 years of democracy and to reflect on the aftermath of the TRC within a new generation of nation-builders. The discussion will be facilitated by Mary Papayya – Media Leader / Secretary-General of SA National Editors Forum. Discussion participants will include: Dr Alex Boraine – Vice Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission / Writer / Commentator; Max Du Preez – Commentator / Columnist / Award-winning Writer / Film-maker; Vasu Gounden – Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD; Thembi Mtshali-Jones – Distinguished stage, television and film Actress; Ela Gandhi – Gandhi Development Trust / Activist; and Albie Sachs, Activist / Former Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

To RSVP for the discussion, please contact Publicity Matters at by phone at 031 2011 638, or via email

You may find more information about the film on the film website. Please stay tuned for more newsletter updates and keep abreast of GAC daily happenings on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you all for your continued support.

– Global Arts Corps

International Premiere of Documentary Film!

Dear Friends,

2014 has been an incredibly busy year so far. We’ve just been invited to premiere our recently completed documentary film on the Truth in Translation project at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, which will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election to the South African presidency. In order to differentiate the film from the theatre production, the documentary has been titled A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake. We will be in touch via our newsletter in the coming weeks with more information on the exact times and locations of the screenings. Until then, you can read more about the festival here.

Global Arts Corps workshop with the Phare Ponleu Selpak, February 2014

Global Arts Corps workshop with the Phare Ponleu Selpak, February 2014

In February, we made our second trip to work with the Phare Circus artists in Battambang, Cambodia in order to cast and continue development on our joint theatre/circus project. Andrew Buckland from our South African cast joined Michael and me for a second time as a trainer, along with Arben Bajraktaraj from Kosovo/France and Robbie Koen, also from South Africa. Arn Chorn Pond, former Khmer Rouge child soldier and founder of Cambodian Living Arts, also joined us to tell the young performers his story as part of the history we will bring into the show.  A new short film on this recent work will be on our website in August, and we’ve already begun preparations to return to Battambang in February 2015.

In May we were honored to be commissioned by the European Foundation Centre and the Robert Bosch Stiftung to make a 10-min film on our work for presentation at the Annual General Assembly of the European Foundation Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film, which you can watch here, provides a good update on our recent activities and ongoing projects.

We are back in the US with a lot of work ahead of us. Fortunately, we will be working with four young college and graduate student fellows over the next few months. Hallie Sekoff, one of our summer fellows, wrote a reflection on Never Fall Down that we featured in our last newsletter. If you missed it then, you can read it here now.

Please watch out for more updates on the premiere of the film and our summer fellowship in the coming months.

– Jacqueline Lessac