"Iron Sharpen Iron"
Azania Rizing Productions, founded in 2008 by director Kurt Orderson was formed as a direct response to mainstream film and television, which excludes the voices of the marginalized and maintains a status quo of the dominant ideology, which favors those with money and power and does not confront the issues facing the masses.
Azania Rizing Productions functions as a collective of filmmakers and artists who collaborate and build together as a hub in Cape Town where individuals can work as a collective that propels our continent forward, creating a collective sense of unity and solidarity, forming new alliances and creating more compelling content to stimulate public discourse. We aspire to tell stories about Afrika and the Afrikan Diaspora at large, including teaching about Afrika’s legacy in world heritage to revive political consciousness and honour the struggle of our foremothers and fathers.
Azania Rizing was born out of a long history of third wave cinema coming out of the global South. The pathfinders of this movement allowed us to come into existence and create the platform and an actual audience to produce documentaries and feature films that stimulate public discourse around issues which often remain only in the realm of the private; around the dinner tables. The notion of "industry" has allowed the so-called privileged who've had access to going to film schools to perpetuate narratives and stereotypes about the "underrepresented" without the voice of the so-called voiceless, and its these notion that Azania Rizing attempts to challenge and become vanguards, break barriers and decolonize ideas around who has access to the "industry" and create portals and a new wave of voices that leads to encouraging active viewers rather than passive audiences of cinema.