Eyethu means ‘It is ours’: documenting Jozi’s street art scene

Sub-culture filmmaker King ADZ was asked by Nando’s to come to Johannesburg and make a documentary that looks at the rise of street art through collaboration with street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane.

Street Art Stories documents the rise of Joburg’s street art scene through the eyes of sub-culture filmmaker King ADZ in collaboration with local street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane.

King ADZ has followed his passion for documenting how street art has torn up the rule book since the turn of the century when he “made a documentary about a French bloke called Blek le Rat, who turned out to be the Godfather of today’s street art scene, and the artist who inspired Banksy to create his own full-length stencils.”

Nando’s invited KING ADZ to step into the heat of Joburg’s street art scene, to experience it first hand in the company of exciting contributors to the Joburg creative scene. The film tracks the overlap between the evolution of the city and the street art scene, leading up to the commissioning of award winning graphic designer and street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane  to transform an iconic derelict cinema in Mofolo central, Soweto, into a work of art.  Karabo’s reinterpretation of the tragic death of Hector Pieterson is distinctive in both meaning and style. The name of the cinema is ‘Eyethu’, which means ‘it is ours’.  So is the street art – and it’s shaping the lives of a new creative generation.

This article was made possible by Nando’s. 

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