Sunday, May 15, 2011

Interview With A Freedom Fighter.

In Sea Point , a suburb of Cape Town, there is a promenade that hugs the twists and turns of the ocean.   It was along this walkway that I regularly passed a blind man, sitting on a bench.  Always the same bench.  What struck me particularly was the innate dignity of this man.  Always neatly dressed, he sat quietly opposite the ocean he could not see.  A slow drawn out 'Thank you' or 'Bless you' if I dropped a coin into his white cup or proffered cap and I would be on my way, relieved that he was alive and well.

One day he was no longer there.   I wondered and worried.  Then a series of events unfolded. I learned  that brother and sister angels, Jonno and Nicole Sherwin, had rescued him from penury and beggarhood.  They had set wheels in motion that would lead him to learn a trade and thus, ultimately to a better life.    Within days, photographer extraordinaire, Mia Feinstein and I were on our way to the South African Society for the Blind to meet, interview and photograph Everson Ngwenya, Liberation War Hero.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Barney's Version

Barney's Version
 Directed by Richard J. Lewis
 Cast:  Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Scott Speedman, Minnie Driver

We went to see 'Barney's Version', without any expectations other than we knew that it was based on a novel by the late Mordechai Richler.   We had not been seduced by any splashy publicity and were frankly unprepared for the impact it would have on us when, for the next two hours, we were held captive by this remarkable piece of cinematic theatre.

Join Back Chat as we relive this story.  I hope that you feel what we felt.  I would would love to know how you reacted to this extraordinary experience.  Do write to me at les@leslieback.co.za or leave a comment on the blog.   I look forward to hearing from you.