U Carmen E Khayelitsha Premieres

Scene from U Carmen E Khayelitsha
Changing SA’s townships through opera
By Nick Miles [BBC News, 24 Mar 05]
As the limousines arrive at the premiere of an award winning film version of Carmen, U Carmen E Khayelitsha, they have to slow down for a group of barefooted children pushing shopping trolleys filled with scrap metal across the road.
Welcome to a movie premiere in a South African township.
Outside the venue for the premiere – a converted sports hall in the impoverished former township of Khayelitsha – life is hard, rows of shacks with corrugated iron roofs stretch into the distance.
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