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Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris 1989

Animated film using charcoal and pastel drawings; 16mm film transferred to video; 8 min 2 secs.

The film chronicles the battle between Soho Eckstein (property developer extraordinaire) and Felix Teitlebaum (whose anxiety flooded half the house) for the hearts and mines of Johannesburg. The characters and some of the interactions come directly from two dreams. What there is of narrative was evolved backwards and forwards from the first key images – the procession through the wasteland, the fish in the hand.


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