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For many South Africans, Sea Point, the oceanside suburb of Cape Town, is a glossy postcard to a skeptical world: Mosques sit alongside synagogues, white retirees paddle out of black children’s splash zones at the municipal pool, and joggers trot past vagrants on the promenade. Sea Point Days is filmmaker (and frequent Sea Point vacationer) François Verster’s first film featuring white subjects. Through abstract and nuanced portraits of a retiree, a council member, and a vagrant, Verster pulls back Sea Point’s veneer to reveal a reality in which white citizens control access to “shared” public space. While it’s a bold decision to forgo narration and a narrative arc, Verster’s disjointed and unsettling imagery eventually unfurls a brilliant commentary on community, betraying the true colors of this so-called paradise.
On Tuesday, June 16, at 8:45 p.m. Also on Sunday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.