BlackStar Film Festival - Breathe Again
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Kurt Orderson, South Africa, 72 min
On February 27, 1986, Derrick Orderson, a marginalised swimmer from the Cape Flats swam a time of 25.81 seconds in the 50m Freestyle, 2 seconds under the world record at the time, yet he was prevented fromnrepresenting his country on the world stage." This film tells the story of Derrick Orderson's, world record setting feats, his humbleness & perseverance. Yet, it not only focuses on the individual, but also honours & reminds us of all our other forgotten sporting & social activist, whilst highlighting the unique, revolutionary role, the South African Council on Sport (SACOS) played during these troubled times in our past. SACOS was formed in 1973. With its slogan “No normal sport in an abnormal society” opposed racism in sport and organized many sportsman & women into a political movement that actively opposed Apartheid laws and brought international attention to the oppressive political situation in South Africa with a focus on discriminatory sporting practices. The film explore an expression of the intersection between the personal and the political for a black sportsperson growing up in abnormal society, who despite inhumane prejudice excelled, and still continues to monitor and participate in the transformation of sports in the post- Apartheid era, today.