Have You Seen Drum Recently?

Director: Jurgen Schadeberg
Country: South Africa
Year: 1988
Running Time: 77 min
Language: English

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The film Have You Seen ‘Drum’ Recently? does not suffer from the above-mentioned flaw. With the help of photographs, music, and sometimes an interview, Jürgen Schadeberg manages to conjure up a vivid image of South Africa during the fifties. In those days, Schadeberg was a press photographer of Drum, a trendy and progressive magazine concentrating on black readers. He used the photographs from the files of Drum to make a documentary, completed with fragments from the feature films Come Back Africa and The Magic Garden.Significant and linking elements in this film are the sparkling and swinging music, like big band, jazz, kwela, and penny whistle, and the interviews with, among others, artists that sang the music at the time. – See more at: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=981ba97f-fb2f-4796-b7a6-28470657a47d#sthash.ZOIKND88.dpuf
With the help of photographs, music, and sometimes an interview, Jürgen Schadeberg manages to conjure up a vivid image of South Africa during the fifties. In those days, Schadeberg was a press photographer of Drum, a trendy and progressive magazine concentrating on black readers. He used the photographs from the files of Drum to make a documentary, completed with fragments from the feature films Come Back Africa and The Magic Garden.Significant and linking elements in this film are the sparkling and swinging music, like big band, jazz, kwela, and penny whistle, and the interviews with, among others, artists that sang the music at the time. – See more at: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=981ba97f-fb2f-4796-b7a6-28470657a47d#sthash.ZOIKND88.dpuf
With the help of photographs, music, and sometimes an interview, Jürgen Schadeberg manages to conjure up a vivid image of South Africa during the fifties. In those days, Schadeberg was a press photographer of Drum, a trendy and progressive magazine concentrating on black readers. He used the photographs from the files of Drum to make a documentary, completed with fragments from the feature films Come Back Africa and The Magic Garden.Significant and linking elements in this film are the sparkling and swinging music, like big band, jazz, kwela, and penny whistle, and the interviews with, among others, artists that sang the music at the time. – See more at: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=981ba97f-fb2f-4796-b7a6-28470657a47d#sthash.ZOIKND88.dpuf

Have You Seen Drum Recently?, with the help of photographs, music, and sometimes an interview, manages to conjure up a vivid and unique social documentary that captures the vibrancy, beauty and brilliance of the urban lack lifestyle of the 1950’s. Significant and linking elements in this film are the sparkling and swinging music, like big band, jazz, kwela, and penny whistle, and the interviews, with artists that sang the music of the time.

The whole film is pervaded with the atmosphere of happy days for the black community, not in the least because of the high expectations they still had in those days.

About the Director

Jurgen Schadeberg

Biography: Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931. In 1950, he moved to South Africa to rejoin his family and joined Drum magazine as official photographer and layout artist.
Schadeberg became a teacher and mentor to some of the most creative South African photographers of his time. As one of the few white photographers who photographed daily life among the black community, he became knowledgeable about black life and culture. As a result, he captured on film the beginnings of the freedom movement, the effects of apartheid and the vibrancy of township life.
Schadeberg photographed many historic and pivotal events in the 1950s. In 1959, Schadeberg left Drum to become a freelancer. He was forced to leave South Africa in 1964 and went to London. Here he taught and curated photographic exhibitions, notably for the Whitechapel Art Gallery. He then moved to Spain where he concentrated on a career as an artist. In 1972, he returned to Africa where he accepted a position as photographer for Christian Aid in Botswana and Tanzania. In 1973 he traveled from Senegal and Mali to Kenya and Zaire to take photographs. In 1984, Schadeberg returned to South Africa. He continues to work as a photo-journalist as well as making documentaries about the black community.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1995).

Filmography:
Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1988);
Sophiatown (2003).