South Africa, 93 min
We discover Cape Town and its layout from the sky, looking down from the heights of the emblematic Table Mountain. An observation of an exceptional place which opens up reflection on the possible future of a country: on the edge of the Ocean, the Sea Point district and its public swimming pools, in particular, today represent a unique space in which people of all ages, religions, social classes and origins mix. What was a Whites-only area during Apartheid has become one of the rare public spaces in Cape Town that is characterised by genuine diversity. The captivating incursion by François Verster, accompanied by Peter Liechti’s camera, resonates like an x-ray of contemporary South African social fabric, in its variety but also in its complexity. Here, habits co-exist with a series of paradoxes: old ladies with retro blow-dried hair make way for the celebrations of the Hindu community or even to small children dancing to hip-hop rhythms. These captured vignettes are the funny, touching or intriguing pieces in a vast mosaic.