Where Do I Stand?

Director: Molly Blank
Country: South Africa
Year: 2010
Running Time: 40 min.
Language: English and Xhosa

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When xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in May 2008, many found themselves caught off guard, shocked by violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. Over two months, 62 people were killed, hundreds wounded and over a hundred thousand displaced. In the midst of this violence, many young people, clad in the bright greens and maroons of their school uniforms, looted neighborhood shops while some of their classmates, refugees themselves, fled to safer ground. Some youth tried to find a way to help, but still more stood by, watching from their windows or on television. Where Do I Stand? captures the optimistic voices of youth trying to make sense of what they experienced  and  how they carve out their own places in this complex and divided nation.

About the Director

Molly Blank

Biography: Molly Blank began working in South Africa as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for journalism in 2005. Where Do I Stand? follows up Blank’s award-winning documentary Testing Hope: Grade 12 in the New South Africa, released in 2007. The film, about four students in a township outside Cape Town preparing for and taking their Matric exams which they believe will determine their future, was featured in several publications including the Sunday Times and Drum Magazine in South Africa and National Public Radio in the U.S. It was broadcast on South African Broadcasting Company in 2010.

(Source: http://wheredoistandfilm.com/about/filmmakers/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Where Do I Stand? (2012).

Lights in the Delta (2004);
Testing Hope: Grade 12 in the New South Africa (2007);
Where Do I Stand? (2010).