Film ‘Address Unknown’ tells story of friendship and District Six displacement
The film Address Unknown tells the story of District Six postman Joey and how his friendship with his childhood mate survives the brutal forced removals.
Address Unknown, directed by Nadine Cloete, was inspired by the true story of Zain Young, a former postman and resident of District Six.
Cloete, who directed the acclaimed documentary Action Commandant, says the short film explores themes about disposession, friendship, and identity.
Address Unknown was written by former journalist and anti-apartheid activist Anton Fisher who approached Cloete about directing the story.
Cloete and Fisher met with young and many former District Six residents while researching for the film.
She says that filmmakers and other artists have an important role to play in archiving history and facilitating healing.
The subject matter is important to me. History and identity have always been themes in my work... It was natural to take on Address Unknown in this way.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
The main character is based on one of the last postmen [in District Six] Zain Young who Anton Fisher had many interviews with while he was developing the film.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
For the letters that didn't get delivered, he had to write on them 'address unknown'.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
The film is a friendship film, but it also says so much more about our trauma and our relationships... There are many themes running across it.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
The letters are really a metaphor for the people of the place and 'Address Unknown' is not just the title of the film but it speaks to the identity of the people.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
With my work, I just hope to stimulate conversations and stimulate healing.Nadine Cloete, Film Director
Address Unknown is being screened online during the virtual Durban International Festival (DIFF) and is the most viewed film on the festival's platform so far.
This year's DIFF programme consists of 60 shorts, documentaries, and feature films.
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