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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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London Charity Screening

On Wednesday 6th April Forest of Crocodiles was screened in south London at the Roots and Shoots Cinema.  We raised £165 and all proceeds will go towards building a new community hall in Sunrise Park township.

Here’s a message from Johannes Kelber, the pastor who appears in the film.

Hi everyone,
Its always important to state the reason for using any donation especially in South Africa.

For those who know S.A. you will realize that our African friends tend to associate in small groups, communities. Even with modern transport today the daily and weekly life is lived in a village setup. Even in big cities people asociate with their own group of different cultures and interests. If you really want to get close to them you must get to know such a group starting with the leaders.

Building a huge hall with the idea to reach as many people at the same time on a regular basis does not work here, especially in Rustenburg.
That is why even great church groups exsist in many smaller “church” groups with their own leaders. My church, the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa for example consits of 20 such groups each trying to be accomodated in some form of structure.

The specific town ship called Sunrise Park, has ‘n group of about 50 to 80 members old and young. They have been given a site by the local municipality and have alreadu erected a corrugated building 8 x 5 meters. They have received a donation from a builder, of 15 000 bricks. We expect them to get their own builder whom they must pay etc. etc. We have a idiom which says Mphe, mphe e a lapisa. Motho o kgona ke tsa gagwe.  Translated: Being asked give me give,me, makes us tired. A person succeeds with what he has. So we expect them to do a much as they can. And it does work !

It will basically be a building for worshiping BUT in our communities theirs a great need for recreational & educational facilities. Therefor it will be used by the women and especially the youth who organize activities that willl keep them out of mischief.

Johannes Kelber

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Crocodiles stored in Observatory Archives

Forest of Crocodiles has been accepted into the prestigious Observatory Archives in Barcelona, Spain.  The programmers working with the archives offer a selection of documentaries for screenings around the world each year.  Their archive may also be accessed for study and consultation purposes.

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Forest of Crocodiles to be broadcast in South Africa

The film will be broadcast on MNET on March 14th at 10.30pm and on March 15th at 11pm.

On Wednesday 23 February, Dr Penzhorn, the owner of the crocodile farm in Kroondal where we shot our crocodile scenes, died tragically after falling into one of the pools inhabited by the reptiles.  Dr Penzhorn was very generous when allowing us to shoot on his farm and we were sad to hear that his life ended in this way.

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Forest of Crocodiles at Frieze Art Fair, London

In association with London based arts radio station Resonance 104.4 fm, Forest of Crocodiles will be streamed on the Resovision channel at Frieze Art Fair from the 14th – 17th October 2010.

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience.

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Screening at Tri-Continental Festival, Johannesburg

We’re proud to announce our first festival screening in South Africa in the city where the director used to live. Try and catch the film on the big screen with the atmosphere of a local audience and hopefully some discussion afterwards.

The Tri-Continental Film Festival is screening Forest of Crocodiles on:

Sat 2.10 at 4pm – Maponya Mall, Soweto

Sun 3.10 at 2pm – Rosebank Nouveau

Sun 10.10 at 16.15 – Rosebank Nouveau

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Selva de cocodrils

Forest of Crocodiles is broadcast on Televisió de Catalunya in Spain on Friday 11th June near midnight and a second run on Thursday 17th June at 17.15h.  It’s also available online at their website –

Quines opcions tenen els sud-africans blancs quan s’enfronten a les seves pors del crim i de la violència? Alguns tenen els recursos adequats i d’altres són enginyosament resolutius. Les conseqüències són la regressió i l’aïllament, o la llibertat de la por. Com els cocodrils, la gent espantada i amb bons recursos poden sobreviure sense evolucionar. Però algunes persones refusen sotmetre’s a les seves pors.

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