While visiting South Africa in September 2012, Edson and I crossed paths with the wonderful sisters Wafa and Amirah Tajdin. These young and talented filmmakers were commissioned by STR.CRD™ to produce a short documentary celebrating the idea of 'the Ornate African' who comes in different shapes, colours and sizes and most importantly, dress.
"Downtown Tribes" explores the modern African as a beautiful amalgamation of a diverse history both colonial and tribal. This series of video portraits make up a film that documents street style amidst the confines of one of the continent's oldest urban centers, the city of Johannesburg. Archival photographs of 'Ornate Africans' are juxtaposed against the interviewees who give their take on what African street culture/style/life means to them.
The portraits were filmed during STR.CRD™ 2012 - Africa's leading annual youth event which serves to expose all facets of urban culture through; fashion, music, photography, sneakers graffiti, skate and dance. It seeks to expose, build and create sustainable cultural & artistic exchange amongst youth across the continent. It was filmed in downtown Johannesburg and included the official international and local festival guests as well as festival revelers. Watch the official trailer below.
Written and directed by Amirah Tajdin
Produced by Wafa Tajdin
Cinematography by Ebrahim Hajee
Acid Rock by the Funkees
Breakadawn by Amerigo Gazaway