“Ghost Diamond” is the new film by Chris Saunders, a Johannesburg-based photographer and filmmaker, and Okzharp, a Cape Town-born, London-based musician. The film was made over the last two years and was supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council.
In the film, a young woman journeys to the heart of a new African metropolis. She finds a jewel in the dust and is given a book by a stranger. Inspired, she must find a purpose for this new possession and for this new knowledge. Figures, objects and places from her past appear to her as she moves against the cold city curves. Can she find hope in this place and time? "Ghost Diamond" connects specific Zulu and Japanese mythologies via elements of the story, the visual style and Manthe Ribane’s dance performance. It looks at the emotional landscape of the new international dialogues that are occurring in the modern hyper-connected African city. The film was itself a product of such a relationship. It was shot on location in and around Johannesburg. Its soundtrack is by Okzharp in collaboration with Manthe Ribane, Zaki Ibrahim and Petite Noir.
Chris Saunders is a photographer and filmmaker from Johannesburg. Having originally worked in the advertising and fashion industry, he now also makes documentary photographs and films.
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