While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.
There are many very good documentary films that never make it onto the South African mainstream movie circuit – Bowling for Columbine and An Inconvenient Truth are among the rare exceptions. By bringing some of the lesser known, but equally incisive and riveting documentaries to Cape Town, we hope to raise the levels of awareness and activism in our communities.
“Our” films investigate some of the most pressing social, political and environmental issues that will define the future of our world. All of our screenings are followed by a facilitated audience discussion which usually develops into a lively debate that allows for participation by individuals as well as organisations.
Capetonians from all walks of life come to While You Were Sleeping events to watch insightful documentaries, to share their opinions and experiences and to meet like-minded individuals.
We do not have a firm and regular screening date, but we hope to organise a film screening (usually one showing a day, on three successive days) once every couple of months or so.
Most of our screenings take place at the Labia cinema in Orange Street, the only remaining independent movie house in Cape Town. We are very grateful to be able to use this unique venue. We are, of course, also deeply indebted to all of the movie makers who allow us to present their creations here – they are selfless and passionate people without whom the world would be a bleaker place.
For more information, please send a message to Andreas at: Andreas_Spath@yahoo.com