Director: Gcobisa Silwana
Mentor Director & Camera: Karin Slater
Editor: Tonia Selley
Producers: George Davis & Laurence Dworkin
This is a short film about men, mountains, loss and ritual, set against the backdrop of life in a South African township. Lerato Kossie, who has experienced the healing power of the wilderness, leads a group of young men from his neighbourhood for a weekend in the Bainskloof mountains. In this unfamiliar environment he takes them through the process of confronting their inner fears and their search for personal strengths, using exercises of both wilderness solitude and group sharing. Botha, a member of the group who has come to know crime and violence at close quarter, also tells some of his stories. He also talks about his hopes to reform in preparation for his imminent fatherhood. This story is about nature as a lifeline for escape from the abyss of crime and violence.