Bafana is a 20 minute documentary, looking at the lives and experiences of Cape Town's street children. The film focuses on those in the care of 'The Homestead'; a charity established in order to rehabilitate the children and reunite them with their families. With Gerald Jacobs; a Homestead street worker as our guide, we visit their various establishments. From the drop-in centre in District Six, via the permanent children's home in Kayelitsha Township, to the Learn To Live School in downtown Cape Town. At each location, the children talk candidly of their time on the streets, their reasons for running away from home and the way they see their lives turning out.
Bafana delves into the global crisis of street children, while offering a ray of hope in the form of Gerald and all his collegaues who are fighting to make a better future for the children in their care.
Directors: Hannan Majid and Richard York.
UK/ South Africa 2006
Festivals: Nantes British Film Festival 2008 and
Mosaiques International Film Festival 2010
This is a deleted scene from Bafana. Street children in Cape Town were protesting against the new bylaws that were being introduced in time for the 2010 World Cup. The children were protesting because the new laws would make it illegal for street children to work on the streets.