Staying Alive in Johannesburg

Part 1, above, of the Dutch TV documentary film, “Staying Alivein Joburg.” The film is limited in its focus–its primarily a walk through inner city Johannesburg ahead of the 2010 World Cup. We get no sense of life in the city’s richer, and whiter, northern suburbs. But it is definitely a must see and a thousand times better than the hysterical nonsense published on the World Cup in the British media, whether R W Johnson’s rants about withcraft in the London Review of Books, journalists confusing Cabinda with South Africa, the nonsense reported on Channel 4 or Louise Taylor’s fictions on the The Guardian’s website.

Above, is the part 1 (the documentary was broken into parts on Youtube). Then watch part 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

One thought on “Staying Alive in Johannesburg

  1. A bit of trivia, Ellis Park stadium is actually a short walk from where Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi lived when he lived in Johannesburg. The actual gold bearing reef runs just south of Ellis Park.

    I certainly enjoyed the documentary and felt the maker did do an excellent job on conveying the feel of the streets.

    Full disclosure, I have actually lived and worked very close to Ellis Park (25 years ago).

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