Crossing the Line is a television reality talk show that explores the worlds of two people, known as ‘crossers’, who are from the same social group but are on different levels of the economic ladder. If the idea still can’t process in your mind, just think of seeing a mansion in a township surrounded by average township houses; Crossing the Line bridges that gap.
The first crosser in the first episode goes by the name of Zandi and she’s a graduate, a chef and an entrepreneur.
Crossing the Line: Zandi would you say you’ve always wanted to be a chef?
Zandi: Definitely not. I’m a businesswoman and I have also failed in business, this is only the beginning. I am in this industry because I saw a business opportunity.
Crossing the Line: So how did you begin your career as an entrepreneur?
Zandi: It was a long journey. I had my first business in tertiary and it was a laundromat but my studies took priority and it failed. I then saved money and bought my canteen but I would like to venture into other industries as well as an entrepreneur.
Crossing the Line: Why did you choose to be part of the show?
Zandi: I believe in young people who chase their dreams so I was impressed to see young people who love this craft. I also think that the subject matter is important for the youth of South Africa because we are going through interesting times.
Crossing the Line: How would you describe the other crosser?
Zandi: (Laughs) We’re very different you know, but he is great to work with.
Crossing the Line: Did you learn from him?
Zandi: Of course. He is a pastry chef so I had the opportunity to try out a few things with his help. I didn’t do well (laughs) but I learnt from it and that kind of stuff just needs practise.
Crossing the Line: Would you advise other people to be crossers on the show?
Zandi: I would. It is an interesting experience especially if you have misconceptions about that economic group so it’s a great experience.
Crossing the Line: Where can people watch the show and have a chat with you?
Zandi: It will be broadcast at AFDA JHB at the Experimental Festival on the 14th of June 2014 and I will also be there.
For more information about the television production and the AFDA Experimental Festival, follow Crossing the Line on Twitter @Dare2Cross2014 and like their Facebook page ‘Crossing the Line’.
Crossing the Line set.
It was hectic. It was tiring. It was long.
But we made it.
This groundbreaking TV Show will be showing at the AFDA Experimental Festival.
Some of you may know, some of you may not know but the AFDA Experimental Festival is coming up real soon and Crossing the Line is a television show by aamazing third years from AFDA that you must check out! This is what Sinakho had to say…
Call time was at 7:30am, that being the agreed time
For our shoot, this coming from a place with nothing but love, but we all know AFDA students
Are notorious for horrible punctuality. This
Threw everything oFf schedule for lord knows
How many hours, but thankfully we were on our way to Soweto around 10:00am with the same amount of enthusiasm as we had, arriving to campus.
The good thing is that everyone was excited
And anxious to start, that’s if we were to start anytime soon (delays, delays and more delays.)
Setting up was a quick process with breakfast in-between then we were ready to go.
It was the 12th day of December
The day when regardless of any politics, I was a proud South African member
Our giant had fallen
So hard that he shook the world, hearts stolen
His body lady, soul rested
But souls connected with a man greatly trusted
And I was one of them…
The soul connection so profound that I knew that if I was of his era,
I’d probably be one of the political bearers
But I’m not so, I’ll give him the praise
I’ll take my hand and raise…
it up, proudly like Biko’s definition of consciousness
And unlike back then, I’m proud with no worry of consequences
Rest Tata. Rest in politics. Rest in power. Rest in passion. Rest in patience.
Do not rest in the poison that has been inflicted upon you
Do not rest in the pain that has been inflicted upon us
Tata, I owe my ability to speak the English language so intensely to you
You taught me that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
And Biko taught us that the most powerful weapon in the eye of the oppresor, is the mind of the oppressed
So it seems that knowledge is the gun,
School is the trigger,
And we are ready to attack with success.
It is now because of you that the world has hurled, swirled and curled
Rest in peace Tata.
And the world will rest in the peace that you have created.
Poetry has the taste.
Fine arts has the vision.
Music has the hearing.
Sculptures have the touch.
This is the decadent scent of art.
I totally relate to this.
My name is BUSISIWE, “say it right.”