From B-Boys to Men – healing the ‘hood

Tanswell Jansen

On 8 July, at Cornerstone Institute, the last documentary of the Winter School Film Festival captivated the audience, again privileged to have the director, this time Tanswell Jansen, as a guest, with its energetic music, positive messages and uplifting stories of lives transformed.

‘Heal yourself, heal the world’ is the theme that weaves like a golden thread through the narrative in From B-Boys to Men, which tells how hip hop dancing (also breakdancing and b-boying) became the tool through which NPO Heal the Hood continues to rescue thousands of youngsters from meaningless living in the notorious Cape Flats.

After the screening, a Q & A with director Tanswell, and three dancers hip hopping in a brief but intense demo to cheering bystanders, saw the end of the Cornerstone Winter School. A high note indeed.Mix-it-Up1-900x300

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