One Take Grace
GPS projects 2019
One Take Grace was a film premiere presented by Lindiwe Matshikiza in GaMothapo, Limpopo.
One Take Grace is a film that came about after a decade of spontaneous and imaginative archiving. It is a collection of experimental audiovisual poems documenting and interpreting the life of actor and domestic worker, Grace Mothiba Bapela, skillfully assembled by actress, director and writer Lindiwe Matshikiza. To mark the project’s transition from documentation to exhibition, the work had its world premiere in Grace Bapela’s home village of Ga Mothapo in Limpopo.
The screening was presented in partnership with the cinema screening support organization Sunshine Cinema. For the premiere, a tent was erected in the front yard of Grace’s home, the front wall of the house became a screen, popcorn was made for the children and a feast worthy of a wedding was prepared for everyone who attended. The premiere was attended by members of Ga Motapo, ranging from the local chief and other dignitaries to Grace’s family, neighbours and a large and enthusiastic crowd of children from the neighbourhood.