“Filmed all in one day by eight women filmmakers, this collaborative piece traces the ups and downs of life in working class section of Johannesburg, South Africa. Far beyond an ethnographic exercise, Jeppe provides an insightful and cross cultural appreciation of the idea of neighborhood. The film brings to view the real person who lives next to every one of us, lets you appreciate his or her individuality and nuanced struggle, and in the end, illuminates something of ties that bind us all. ” -Big Sky International Documentary Festival, 2013

Hours before sunrise, Vusi Zondi is already making his way through Johannesburg’s wealthy suburbs. Some homes have sorted their recycling, other trash bins must be emptied and the plastic and paper are piled on to Vusi’s elaborate trolley. He speeds his cart away down the street, as the morning radio crackles to life and birds begin to chirp overhead. It’s Friday in Jeppestown, and as Robert brushes his teeth in the Jeppe Men’s Hostel, surrounded by his bandmates and roommates, Arouna does his morning prayers in his quiet apartment. Arouna’s wife Zenaib steps softly downstairs to begin cooking her delicious curries and stews for their Restaurant. Around the corner in his penthouse loft, JJ has already been on his laptop for hours. There are meetings to plan, and deals to make. JJ has big dreams for Jeppestown and imagines an urban oasis bursting with converted lofts, art galleries and restaurants among the dilapidated streets of Johannesburg’s Downtown East Side. But Jeppe has always had a life of its own. Shot by a team of up-and-coming South African directors, JEPPE ON A FRIDAY is a day-in-the-life look at how identity and community are defined in a changing African metropolis. Underneath it all are everyday struggles, laughter and love, and the discovery of how to live with, or apart from each other.

Following in the form of ‘St-Henri, the 26th of August’ JEPPE ON A FRIDAY is the second in a tryptich of neighbourhood documentaries shot by local filmmakers over the course of one day.

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Directed & Written by Shannon Walsh & Arya Lalloor

with Kitso Lynn Lelliott, Lucilla Blankenberg, Mujahid Safodien, Natalie Haarhoff, Ryley Grunenwald, Xoliswa Sithole

Editor: Vuyani Sondlo

Producers: Sarah Spring, Elias Ribeiro, Shannon Walsh

Associate Producer: Selin Murat

Executive Producers: Timothy Nash, Orlando Gallardo

Director of Photography: Paul Kell

Camera: Adam Bentel, Denford Dzingire, Eugene Arries, Gaopie Kaba, Karin Slater, Linda Keiser, Tom Marais, Tshillilo Waha Muzila, Zeblon Ngobese

Sound: Aaron Lekaba, Andrew Masimula, Carla Walsh, Chris Allsopp, Chris Mayerhohdahl, James Chakanetsa, Manqoba Shongwe, Nami Mhlongo, President Kapa

Camera Assistants: Adam Vinokur,  Daniel Moser,  Tebogo Magali

Production Managers: Elias Ribeiro, Sarah Spring

Line Manager: Beverly Mitchell

Gear Manager: Waleene Singh

Production Assistants: Caroline Tagny, Dimakatso Sosetsietso, Faheen Khota, Lebo Nkoana, Niledi Chai, Thulani Sundu, Unathi Mbolekwa, Zachary Levenson

Data Wrangling: Tunde Ogundipe, Candice Frank

Drivers: Musa Eugene Kuna, Waleene Singh

Catering: Noji Matutu

Titles: Marc Rimmer

Stills Photography: Blake Woodhams, Maniele Brits

Postcard Design: Daniela Nastri

Additional Editing: Shannon Walsh

Editor: Candice Frank, Rosario Gallardo, Meryam Joobeur

Translation from Zulu: Thulani Sundu, Ncomi Nzimande, Rethabile Mokhele, Mlibokazi Mayeza

Assitant Sound Editor: Langa Dube

Additional Sound: Gaelan Timm, Nami Mhlongo

Sound Designer: Daniel Lagacé

Post Sound Facilities: Technicolor

Re-recording Mixer Stéphane Bergeron

Assistant Re-recording Mixer: Vincent Riendeau

Technical Sound Supervisor: Jean-Philippe Savard

Postproduction sound coordinator: Marie-Lou Morin

Post Production Facilities: Post-Moderne, Montreal

Post Production coordinator: Anne Marie Bousquet & Alexandre Domingue

Colour Correction: Charles Boileau

Online: Guillaume Pelletier

Post Prod Assistant Editor: Jessie-Lee Labonté, Charles Tranquille

Sub-titles: T&S Coop

Translator: Elie Darling

Translation Review: Élodie Frioux

Coordinator: Rémy Huberdeau

Technical Review: Boban Chaldovich