Showmax acquires SA lockdown doc
African streamer Showmax has acquired pandemic-focused documentary United Apart SA – Lockdown Remembered, which it will make available from September 9.
The documentary takes a deep dive into South Africa’s Covid-19 strategy and the effect it has had on society, the economy and its most vulnerable citizens.
The film asks questions such as: How much did lives change? Did the authorities go too far? Can a developing economy follow the same lockdown models as fiscally sound countries? What fault lines did Covid-19 expose? What more could have been done to effect change while fighting a devastating pandemic?
United Apart SA – Lockdown Remembered was produced by award-winning Ochre Moving Pictures of Johannesburg, directed by Anton Burggraaf and funded by newspaper publisher Arena Holdings.
It features South African Medical Research Council president and CEO Glenda Gray; clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim; South African Reserve Bank deputy governor Rashad Cassid; Business Day editor Lukanyo Mnyanda; Sowetan editor Nwabisa Makunga; and Sunday Times editor S’thembiso Msomi, among others.
Debbie McCrum, Arena Holdings MD, said: “We are delighted to have sold United Apart to Showmax. It’s an informative, moving and entertaining investigation of what we went through as a nation during an extremely challenging year. With its focus on local content, Showmax is making the documentary available to South Africans in the comfort of their own home.”