IF WE SAY THAT WE ARE FRIENDS

By Yaara SUMERUK

DAUGHTER OF THE PEOPLE - as PROD

Social issues - Completed 2019

If We Say That We Are Friends is a short documentary set in Cape Town, South Africa, that tells the story of underprivileged hosts who invite privileged guests into their home for dinner, in the hopes that breaking bread will break stereotypes, and help to cure South Africa of its rampant inequality

Festivals
& Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Market Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 17 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yaara SUMERUK
    • Producer(s)
    • Yaara SUMERUK (Duaghter of the People)
    • Synopsis
    • If you ask middle-class, white, suburban Capetonian whether her nanny has running water in her home, she most likely won’t know. Twenty-four years after the end of Apartheid, those who don’t live in townships - where a nanny is most likely to live - don’t enter. 

      Cultural misconceptions and separateness are still rife in Cape Town, where the privileged few don’t have first-hand knowledge of how the majority live.

      Two years ago, a group of young Capetonian friends living in the township of Khayelitsha decided to change this. They started a dinner club called "Dine with Khayelitsha,” bringing privileged Capetonians into the townships not to do charity work or sightsee, but rather to enter their homes to eat, talk and begin to create a real end to this madness of segregation.