into the shadows

Pep Bonet

“Into the Shadows” is a pursuit into the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the inner city of Johannesburg. They are urban survivors: their stories remain untold, their existence is unrecorded and their voices unheard — but their harrowing stories cast a shadow on Africa as a whole.

With this documentary the makers, Pep Bonet (director of photography), Line Hadsbjerg (producer & script) and José Bautista (sound design, editing and post-production), document the dark underbelly of the inner city of Johannesburg: the slum buildings, the struggle for survival as migrants, refugees and local South Africans compete for jobs, for accommodation, for food and for a better life.

In creating this documentary, the objective of the team is to gain an all-rounded perspective on a complex social issue, and therefore they chose to interview a wide selection of slum building residents as well as other stakeholders who are active in the city; including NGO’s, property developers, urban planners and the city council.

Into the Shadows started as part of “Urban Survivors“ a NOOR group project in collaboration with MSF in which seven photographers give a view into the living conditions in urban settlements, showing what is at stake globally for the world’s urban population.

“Into the shadows” was awarded the first prize in the shorts category of the 2013 World Press Photo multimedia contest.

  • Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa
  • Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa
  • "Children of the shadows", Immigration in South Africa.
  • Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa
  • Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa
  • "Children of the shadows", Immigrantion in South Africa.

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