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25 March 2013
Breathe Again Documentary Film featuring UWC's Derrick Orderson

Gender Equity Unit, with UWC Cares, will be screening "Breathe Again" at its annual Human Rights Film Festival. A powerful documentary about South African swimmer, and UWC's own, Derrick Orderson, who despite inhumane prejudice excelled, and still continues to monitor and participate in the transformation of sports in the post-Apartheid era today.

On February 27, 1986, Derrick Orderson, a marginalized swimmer from the Cape Flats in South Africa, swam a time of 25.81 seconds in the 50m Freestyle, 2 seconds within the world record at the time, yet he was prevented from representing his country on the world stage. As a young black man growing up in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats in the seventies, the oppressive voice of the apartheid regime annihilated all sense of freedom Derrick Orderson could hope to enjoy. This film tells the story of Orderson’s world record setting feats, his humbleness and perseverance.

Watch the Breathe Again documentary trailer

Date: Monday, 25 March 2013

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Venue: Chris Hani Residence Recreation Hall, University of the Western Cape

Guests: Derrick Orderson and the director, Kurt Orderson, and Gender Equity Unit director, Mary Hames

Since 2007 the Gender Equity Unit's Food Programme has been working towards promoting education and fighting hunger of students on our campus. The annual film festival is open to all at no cost and is an event used to encourage the spirit of generosity, i.e. encouraging others to donate non-perishable food items to combat hunger and to promote education.