Orbis is a mesmeric journey through one of South Africa’s largest townships, Umlazi, its inhabitants lives shaped by their proximity to Africa’s biggest port – Durban. Pelalani uses a shopping cart to hunt for scrap metal, destroying household goods. Siyabonga draws a Nike sign onto his plain shoes. Avela, only 11, bullied for being obese dreams of a swimming costume, turning to the local seamstress Dudu.
Durban’s point never closes, overseeing material endlessly circling the globe, temporarily shaped as fridges, televisions, washing machines, ultimately destroyed, returned to its creator, reshaped into a new product.
Orbis premiered at Hot Docs and won a SAFTA for Best Cinematography.