Story of SS Mendi comes to life in new film

A film called Troopship Tragedy was premiered a couple of weeks ago, telling the story of the SS Mendi.

The SS Mendi was a British steamship, originally a passenger vessel but later used as a troopship to carry soldiers to the front in World War One.

Listen to the full conversation below:

In February 1917 the Mendi was struck by a larger cargo ship while sailing. The ship sank, killing 646 people; most of those victims were black South African soldiers.

Years later, Sabido Productions commissioned Marion Edmunds to create a story around the sinking of the SS Mendi.

I didn’t know about the story before the commission handed it to me. It was enormous challenge to tell it.

Marion Edmunds

She worked with Zwai Mgijima, a young playwright from the Eastern Cape to bring the story to life.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
New Beginnings: Life after a drowning

New Beginnings: Life after a drowning

A three-year-old girl falls into the family pool. 10 minutes pass before she is discovered and is miraculously revived.

New Beginnings: Cape Camino - A journey to the self in the south

New Beginnings: Cape Camino - A journey to the self in the south

In order to find yourself you first need to lose yourself. Now there is a Cape Town route to enlightenment, the Cape Camino.

New beginning: Delft Big Band rise to fame

New beginning: Delft Big Band rise to fame

The band that pulled through against all odds from the gang infested streets of Delft and making it to international platforms

New beginnings: retiring to a new country

Marianne and David Heron retired to South Africa from Ireland and started a new life.

New beginning: My name is Dave Smith and I am a drug addict

New beginning: My name is Dave Smith and I am a drug addict

Rock bottom came when he lost access to his children, but his battle with drugs had just begun.

New beginnings: coming from a small town to work in a big city.

New beginnings: coming from a small town to work in a big city.

New life, new city, new job... This is the story of a young graduate from Port Elizabeth starting a career in Cape Town.

Popular articles
WATCH: Monkey takes the wheel, and Trump says climate change will "change back"

WATCH: Monkey takes the wheel, and Trump says climate change will "change back"

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Ramaphosa sets the ball rolling for the appointment of new NDPP

Ramaphosa sets the ball rolling for the appointment of new NDPP

Several legal entities and independent public institutions have been asked to help select possible candidates for the position.

Tito Mboweni, Pik Botha, VBS and Floyd Shivambu - no holds barred on The Debrief

Tito Mboweni, Pik Botha, VBS and Floyd Shivambu - no holds barred on The Debrief

Politician Lindiwe Mazibuko, economist Refilwe Moloto, and journalist Rose Rogers have discussed the biggest topics this week.

Snakes season is here and if the crawlies visit you, here's what to do

Snakes season is here and if the crawlies visit you, here's what to do

Snake handler Willem van Zyk of Blouberg Snake Rescue says he's already being kept busy with callouts.

'VBS stolen money bought the most useless things like Ferraris and helicopters'

'VBS stolen money bought the most useless things like Ferraris and helicopters'

Deputy editor at Finacial Mail Sikonathi Mantshantsha says it is mind-boggling why no one has been arrested in the VBS saga.

Cape Town tenants could see property prices ease up, says RE/MAX

Cape Town tenants could see property prices ease up, says RE/MAX

The Cape Town rental market is said to be experiencing a major correction phase after an unjustified period of escalated prices.

How Tracey Chambers is helping unemployed moms become entrepreneurs

How Tracey Chambers is helping unemployed moms become entrepreneurs

The Clothing Bank gives women access to discounted merchandise and 500 hours of training in money management and business skills.