Shooting the Bang Bang Club

first_img9 April 2009 Cape Town is usually the scene of many international film crews and A-list celebrities, but Johannesburg is catching up. Recently, the crew and actors of a new movie, The Bang Bang Club, arrived in the city to start filming. The indie movie revolves around a group of four friends, all photojournalists, who recorded the violent, dying days of apartheid in and around the townships of Johannesburg in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The four friends – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva – became known as the Bang Bang Club. The film’s director, South African-born Steven Silver, starting filming a week ago, and anticipates calling it a wrap by the end of the year. So far, he is happy with the way things are going. “I am extremely pleased with the filming – I couldn’t be happier.” He describes the South African crew as “the best in the world”. Silver is primarily a documentary maker who has a law degree from Wits University. His first film experience was working on the six-part documentary series called Soweto. He then wrote and directed a short drama, Blink, which won an award at the Weekly Mail Film Festival. In 1997 he directed Gerrie & Louise, a documentary based on the truth commission, which won an Emmy Award. Silver moved to Toronto, Canada, and directed several documentaries namely Boxcar Rebellion, Doctor’s Strike and The Anglo Boer War. His three-part series Machine Gun: History Down the Barrel of a Gun was aired on the Discovery Channel. His feature documentary The Last Just Man, was based on the experience of Canadian General Romeo Dallaire during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. It won several international awards. He then wrote and directed Inside Information, a feature documentary about a journalist covering the conflict in the Middle East, and The Soul of India, a documentary on the rise of Hindu fascism in India. His recent work includes the feature documentary Diameter of a Bomb, Killer Flu, and The Dark Years, an innovative three-part animated documentary. Hollywood actors The Bang Bang Club stars Hollywood actors Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch. Phillippe plays Marinovich, Akerman plays a photo editor, and Kitsch plays Carter. Silva is played by South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld and Oosterbroek is played by South African-born actor, Frank Rauthenbach. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Marinovich and Silva, the two surviving photojournalists of the Bang Bang Club. Marinovich describes a scene in the first chapter of the book: “Earlier that morning we had been working the back streets and alleys of Thokoza township’s devastated no-man’s-land that we – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Joao and I – had become so familiar with over the years of chasing confrontations between police, soldiers, modern-day Zulu warriors and Kalashnikov-toting youngsters as apartheid came to its bloody end.” Marinovich describes how he got shot in the chest, but also how Oosterbroek was fatally shot in the same township confrontation. “The boys were no longer untouchable, and, before the bloodstains faded from the concrete beside the wall, another of us would be dead.” Silver identifies with the story. He said in a recent interview; “I identify with people who journey to unusual destinations and who return with unusual stories. That’s their job and it’s a service I provide as well.” Silver has been working on the script for the six to seven years, and has written 18 drafts of the script. The movie is to be a feature film not a documentary. Death of Oosterbroek and Carter Two of the Bang Bang Club members died shortly after the transition to democracy. Oosterbroek was shot dead in Thokoza township in Ekurhuleni in 1994, while filming a bloody encounter between hostel dwellers and the National Peacekeeping Force. He died on 18 April, nine days before the country’s first democratic elections. Oosterbroek was the chief photographer of The Star, and won the World Press Award in 1993, the SA Press Photographer of the Year award in 1989, 1991 and 1994. “Ken was a larger than life presence, an intricate personality and a wonderful talent,” wrote fellow journalist Louise Marsland of a 10th anniversary exhibition of his work in Johannesburg in 2004. “His untimely death in the crossfire between hostel dwellers and a South African peacekeeping force was a great tragedy.” Some 16 people died in Ekurhuleni townships at the same time as Oosterbroek was killed. Marinovich was wounded in the crossfire. Carter committed suicide in July 1994, after winning the Pulitzer Prize in March 1993. The winning, iconic picture was taken in Sudan, and recorded a vulture sitting ominously behind a painfully thin child. There has been speculation about whether the photograph and the questions raised by it led to his suicide. Silva and Marinovich Silva, who has been working in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past six years, now works for the New York Times, while Marinovich does social documentary work, and is working on two books. Marinovich won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1990 Soweto picture of a man hacking at the burning, crouching figure of another man, with a panga. Both have been called in to consult on the making of the film, and so far both are happy with the production. Marinovich says Silver is doing “an amazing job”. “He is trying to keep many of the scenes as close as possible to the original,” adds Marinovich. Being on the set, which includes Nancefield Hostel in Soweto, brings back a lot of memories of the time for Marinovich. Silva says that 15 years later, the memory is still raw. “It is not traumatic, but I feel very flat and somewhat depressed.” Marinovich says that film extras include people who lived in the hostels at the time, and newcomers. Scenes have to be re-shot to capture the violence and drama because the extras often burst out laughing, perhaps in disbelief of the times. Silva says that, as a photojournalist, there are times when he wants to burst into tears. “It won’t make a difference – it is always an emotion that won’t go away.” Marinovich recalls taking photographs of the hostel men at the time, who wanted to pose with their weapons, in a “bizarre studio shoot”. “It was amazing theatre,” he says. The book was published in 2000, and the contract for the film was signed in 2002. The club didn’t exist as a formal club, says Silvo. It was labelled the Bang Bang Club by Time magazine, who picked it up as The Bang Bang Paparazzi from an article in another publication. Filming will be taking place in Johannesburg’s central business district, Soweto, Sandton, Melville, the Magaliesberg mountains, and in the Ekurhuleni township of Thokoza. The first scenes are being filmed in The Blues Room cigar bar in the Village Walk shopping centre in Sandton, which has been transformed into Jameson’s, a popular bar in Commissioner Street frequented by journalists in the 1980s. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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South Africa ‘ready to host SKA’

first_img‘An African science hub’ Pandor said 19 countries and 55 scientific institutions have joined the project and several other countries are more likely to join. It is currently expected that 80% of the cost for hosting the SKA will be carried by nine countries. Source: BuaNews “The Southern African Development Community has declared their support for the African Square Kilometre Array bid,” she said. “Most importantly, the excitement and challenges of astronomy and space science are already attracting some of our best students into studying science and engineering.” SKA funding partners Pandor also said she was confident that hosting SKA would assist in retaining scientists in the country, as it would make Africa the world centre of physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering, dramatically increasing Africa’s capacity to innovate in harmony with industries and universities. “South Africa is going to be chosen to host the SKA, and we will be ready to host it,” Pandor said, adding that the telescope would be one of the greatest scientific projects of the 21st century. South Africa and Australia are competing to host the SKA, construction of which is expected to cost about €1.5-billion. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are expected to announce the winning bidder in 2012. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor believes South Africa has a strong chance of winning its bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a multi-billion rand international radio telescope that will be between 50 and 100 times more sensitive than any such instrument ever built. Pandor was at the SKA site outside Carnavon in the Northern Cape this week to witness the completion of the seven-dish Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7), which serves as a percursor to the MeerKAT, an operational demonstrator telescope that forms a core component of South Africa’s SKA bid. The SKA headquarters will be at Jodrell Bank outside Manchester in the UK, where there is an observatory and a radio telescope that has been listening to deep space for more than 50 years. 1 April 2010 The US will provide 40% of the total cost, while eight European countries – France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK – will together provide another 40%. In a boost for the local bid, South Africa’s Parliament passed the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007, which declares the Northern Cape Province as an astronomy advantage area, thus protecting it from unwanted radio interference. The KAT-7 will serve both as an engineering test-bed and as an operational radio telescope in its own right. The MeerKAT will be one of the largest scientific research facilities in the world, and will consolidate Africa as a major global hub for astronomy in the world.last_img read more

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Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:As addressable TV becomes more pervasive, here’s how to find your audienceJul 16, 2018 by Justin FreidContributor Justin Freid suggests a variety of data sources that you can employ to improve TV advertising results.Connect with passionate marketers — rates increase next week!Jul 16, 2018 by MarTech TodayThere are others like you. We’ve met tens of thousands of them. People who share your passion for harnessing the potential of modern marketing and marketing technologies. People who implement best practices… and occasionally color outside the lines to get results.YouTube’s Copyright Match Tool finds videos uploaded without the creator’s permissionJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe first batch of creators to get access to the new tool will be limited to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:How to Build a Browse Abandonment Email Series, SalesforceHow to Maximize Your Instagram Advertising Efforts Using Video, Clix MarketingThe ROI of Social Media [Infographic], Infographic JournalYour Editorial Calendar is Not Your Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing InstituteThe post Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & moreYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Activating B2B influencers across earned, owned, shared & paid mediaJul 16, 2018 by Michael BritoThere are lots of ways to involve influencers in your B2B marketing. Contributor Michael Brito explores a few key options.Facebook says ‘tens of thousands’ of people opt in to take its user surveys every weekJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesA team of more than 100 user researchers collect and analyze feedback to help inform product decisions.Webinar: Close the Online/Offline Data Gap with AI-driven Call IntelligenceJul 16, 2018 by Digital Marketing DepotWith mobile search and voice interactions on the rise, it’s more important than ever to make phone calls a critical part of your data-driven marketing strategy. And thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), you can now derive valuable real-time insights from inbound phone conversations.New features in the Facebook Ads Manager app make building ads on mobile easierJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe ad-creation tool has five new features, including the ability to include overlays, stickers, logos and more.center_img Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 17th July 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

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Optimizing Big Data Infrastructure

first_imgIn fact, our survey showed infrastructure updates topped the strategic priority list, beating out big data, mobility, and cloud—because each of these three initiatives require a newly designed data center. Innovating with older architecture can be difficult and expensive and can add to complexity.A data center infrastructure upgrade optimizes performance; delivers more capacity; and balances necessary compute, networking, and storage resources. Newer infrastructure featuring servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 familyOpens in a new window was designed for this purpose. These new servers pack more power into a smaller footprint, handle virtualization more efficiently, scale elastically to adapt to fluctuating workloads, and support 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) and intelligent storage solutions.Real-time Big Data ProcessingAnother insight from our research is a shift in the way data is processed by IT and delivered to business leaders. The importance of real-time processing is growing, as you can see in the charts below. This is an excellent example of the changing demands on our infrastructure and the need for a balanced approach that improves performance and makes real-time analytics a reality. Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Big Data InfrastructureBig data, mobility, and cloud represent the great technology trio that enterprises consider top IT prioritiesOpens in a new window. However, right up there with these high-visibility initiatives is updating data center infrastructure—a more mundane initiative but critically important to the success of the other three. Intel’s 2013 big data surveyOpens in a new window found that 50 percent of respondents listed modernizing infrastructure as one of their top three priorities.Why Infrastructure Matters Step 4: Deploying new data analytics software running the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop* helped achieve the final processing time: seven minutes. Step 1: Upgrading to new servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family cut processing time in half. Step 3: Implementing new networking with Intel 10 GbE solutions were faster still.center_img Step 2: Deploying new storage solutions using Intel Solid-State Drives (SSDs) shaved significantly more processing time. The benefits of a balanced infrastructure are significant. Intel recently evaluated how a new and balanced infrastructure dramatically reduced big data processing time from four hours to seven minutesOpens in a new window. There were four steps involved in achieving this result.The infographic featured here shows how each of these infrastructure upgrades contribute to the processing time reductionOpens in a new window.The testing team began with a basic configuration of older Intel servers. Processing time benchmark: four hours. Discover all the details of how these technologies were used together to deliver balanced infrastructure for real-time, big data analytics in the Intel IT Center white paper Big Data Technologies for Near-Real-Time Results.From the Lab to the BusinessA growing number of companies are experiencing the advantages of a balanced approach to upgrading infrastructure.Public cloud service provider MiCloudOpens in a new window optimized cloud performance to address increasing big data demands by building an architecture that included a similar approach to what I outlined above. They boosted internal processing speed and reduced data transmission delays by 80 percent for storage and 40 percent for network adapters.BMW estimates it will have 10 million cloud-connected carsOpens in a new window generating 100 million requests and 1 terabyte of data per day by 2018. The company is in the process of implementing a two-phase planOpens in a new window using Open Data Center Alliance* usage models for upgrading their cloud infrastructure to handle the demand.If your organization is thinking about deploying a big data solution, is infrastructure modernization part of the plan? Be sure to join the conversation and share your challenges and successes.Chris Peters Chris Peters is a business strategist with more than 21 years of experience ranging from Information Technology, manufacturing, supply chain, nuclear power and consumer products.Find him on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Follow him on TwitterOpens in a new window (@Chris_P_Intel)Check out his previous posts and discussions#ITCenterOpens in a new window #BigdataOpens in a new window #IntelXeonOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

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Pak cricket stunned by fixing scandal, wants action on accused

first_imgA stunned Pakistan cricket fraternity on Sunday reacted with shock and anger to the latest ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that rocked the national team in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.Although London Metropolitan police had only arrested one Mazhar Majeed for allegedly paying bribes to some players to spot-fix the ongoing Test and no cricketer has not been charged but the cricket community in Karachi felt damage has already been done to the reputation of the game in the country.They said the accused players and the team management should be called back home immediately and prompt steps be taken to deal with the scandal.”So far these are only allegations but they have also already caused our image and credibility great harm because of management by the Pakistan Board and the officials in England,” former Test captain Aamir Sohail said.Sohail demanded the immediate calling back of the accused players and Pakistan team management in the wake of the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I think it is time for the Chief Patron of the Board, President Asif Zardari to act now and call back the accused players and the entire management from England,” he said.”Damage control steps need to be taken immediately and I don’t think these players who have been accused should remain with the team neither the officials under whose nose all this took place,” he added.Former Test player Iqbal Qasim said he was shocked to hear about the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I woke up early morning for Sehri to keep fast and believe me what I saw on television left me numb. I just pray all this turns out to be untrue because it is hard to believe that a 18-year old player (Muhammad Aamir) could be involved in spot-fixing,” Qasim said.advertisementFormer Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said he had been saying all along there was something fishy going on in the team.”There is so much indiscipline in this team because of the lenient attitude of the board. This was bound to happen. I say try the players found guilty of corruption and also those officials who failed to deliver for the country,” he stated.Senators Haroon Akhtar and Tariq Azeem, who are members of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, blamed the PCB and its chairman for the current scandal.”Ijaz Butt had promised us way back in March the Board would take action against players suspected of having links with bookmakers. He later backed out on his word and said we had misinterpreted the briefing,” Akhtar said.”In the briefing it was clear even after the Australian tour they were suspicions raised about some players who were allowed to play on in the team,” he added.Tariq Azeem said President Zardari needed to sack the current set-up in the PCB immediately and call back the players accused of fixing.”Enough is enough Pakistan cricket has already been damaged a lot. This is the final straw the President must act now,” Azeem said.Noted jurist, Farkhruddin G Ibrahim, who represented former captain Saleem Malik and other players in the famous inquiry into match fixing allegations held by Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum in 1998 and 1999, had words of caution, saying that so far there were only allegations against the players.”Nothing has been proved as yet but the onus is now on the ICC and PCB to show the world the truth. If this situation continues this way people will never trust cricketers or administrators,” he said.The cricket fans on the street reacted with anger, saying that the accused players should be immediately called back for bringing shame to Pakistan cricket.”Yes they should call back these players and put them on trial. Find out the truth but don’t allow them to remain there now. They have brought shame for us in this holy month of Ramazan,” said Saleem Ahmed, a hawker in one of Karachi’s busiest shopping areas, Saddar.”How can we now believe that these players are honest with their country and themselves. It is shameful,” Khurrum, a shopkeeper selling bangles for the festival of Eid, said.last_img read more

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