After the first trip to Mumbai, a new stop in Cape Town for the docuseries “Essere Umani” edited by Pablo Trincia, produced by Sky Italia and Sky TG24 and created by Chora Media. After having seen up close the Indian megalopolis populated by 22 million inhabitants and threatened by climate change and building and demographic pressure, the docuseries will make a stop in the South African city, famous for tourism but also known for the violence that distinguishes it. In three episodes and directed by Paolo Negro, “Esseri Umani – Cape Town” will arrive in 2024 on Sky TG24, Sky Documentaries and streaming on NOW.
Popular neighborhoods and slums
In particular, Trincia arrives in the so-called Cape Flats, an intricate series of working-class neighborhoods and slums located a few minutes from the center where, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the city’s black inhabitants were segregated. The “Flats”, to date, are in fact governed by over 130 criminal gangs which include a total of at least 100 thousand people who are constantly fighting each other. In the city, among other things, two worlds coexist: on the one hand there is tourism, starred restaurants and well-being, while on the other there is crime and poverty.
One of the most dangerous cities in the world
Thirty years after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as president in April 1994, Cape Town appears as a city with numerous faces and extreme contradictions. Due to its strategic position, its natural beauty and the mild climate all year round, it is the place chosen by European colonizers in the mid-1600s for the first settlement in South Africa, and for the same reasons today it is the main tourist destination in the country . But, at the same time, it is also one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In fact, in terms of number of murders, it is second only to Mexican cities bloodied by wars between drug cartels. And social inequalities split the city in two: on one side the skyscrapers, colonial villas, large parks, swimming pools, golf courses and many tourist attractions, on the other sheet metal shantytowns with one latrine for every thousand people.
The “world below” and the “world above”, the climate problem
The inhabitants of what can be called the “world below” look at the “world above” through the electrified wire fences that separate them. In these slums with no future or past, where human life has no value, the only sense of belonging is offered by the criminal gangs who have started a war whose only reason for existing is the war itself. But precisely in the South African city where statistics reveal 60% youth unemployment, the environmental and criminal emergency risk being a time bomb for the social stability of an already deeply torn country. In fact, through some testimonies, Pablo Trincia will document how Cape Town has also become a city extremely vulnerable to climate change. Due to the drought, in fact, in 2017 it was the first city in the world to come one step away from DAY-0: the day on which there would be no more water for its citizens.