Fatherless and under challenging living conditions, Tshidiso, Venter and Seipati are coming of age in a South African township.
With his dance group TAXIDO, Jerry is keeping the youngsters away from the street. Wherever they perform, they are met with thunderous applause. Suddenly, there is hope of a dance career, of work, and of a better future.
But back in their shacks the daily struggle and hardship prevails. And Jerry, demanding rigid discipline, is not making life any easier for these young people. But then the teenagers start to realise that life has even more in store for them.
20 years after the end of apartheid, LIFE IN PROGRESS offers a unique insight into the lives of three teenagers living in the run-down township called Katlehong.
2014 Visions du Réel
2014 Arusha African Film Festival
2014 Lesotho Film Festiva, Thaba Tsheka, Lesotho
2014 Berner Filmpreisfestival
2014 New York African Diaspora International Film Festival
2014 Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival
2015 Africa World Filmfestvial Accra, Ghana
2015 Africa World Documentary Film Festival
2015 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou FESPACO
2015 BUFF International Film Festival
2015 Vues D’Afrique
2015 iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival
2015 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Bristol
2015 BFM International Film Festival
2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival
«Beautiful how the filmmaker builds a relationship with these young people from the township Progress in South Africa and how she follows their lives with a camera unpretentiously for several years.»
– Encomium Berner Film Award, Thomas Isler / Bettina Oberli
«The craft of the film, the choice of scenes and the dialogue pulls the viewer in and are consistently surprising. (…) The filmmaker’s position is noticeably compassionate, nevertheless it is without judgement and unobtrusive.»
– ATTITUDE – The Dancers’ Magazine, Lorena Sandra
ein Film von IRENE LOEBELL Kamera und Ton IRENE LOEBELL Zusätzliche Kamera PETER GUYER Montage KONSTANTIN GUTSCHER Musik MARIO MARCHISELLA Sounddesign BALTHASAR JUCKER eine Produktion der RECYCLED TV AG und LOÈ FILM GMBH Produzentin MADELEINE CORBAT und PETER GUYER Co-Produzent STEVEN MARKOVITZ