Why documentaries still matter

A documentary on EFF leader Julius Malema plans to broadcast in 10-million households in more than 100 countries when it premieres on Al Jazeera English in April.

702's Sizwe Dlomo spoke to Anant Singh, Movie Producer, and CEO of Video Vision about the art of documentaries and its importance.

Singh says documentaries are a very important medium that South Africa is not utilising to the fullest.

The idea of people getting content, especially young people, in ways that they can actually access and want to view is very important.

Anant Singh, Movie Producer and CEO of Video Vision

Singh has produced 65 films since 1984 including “Place Of Weeping,” Sarafina and Cry, the Beloved Country. He is responsible for many anti-apartheid films produced locally.

He says documentaries remain important and refers to a documentary he did about The San people which he says remains timeless and relevant for the longest time.

The cost of making a documentary is not as steep as making a movie, says Singh.

You can be watching a documentary 20 or 30 years later and it would still be relevant.

Anant Singh, Movie Producer and CEO of Video Vision

Every film maker that embarks upon a film has to be passionate and want to tell his story in the best way possible.

Anant Singh, Movie Producer and CEO of Video Vision

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