AFRICA SHAFTED \ 54:29 min \ South Africa

Africa Shafted – Under One Roof, is a documentary directed by South African Ingrid Martens and it is constructed entirely of elevator conversations. Filmed in Africa’s tallest apartment building, the Ponte Towers, this film captures the views and opinions of ordinary people from every corner of the African continent who have been seen as scary, undeserving, criminal or drug sellers by so many in post-apartheid South Africa. Instead what you see in this documentary are diverse ordinary people, each with a dream of a better life, and wisdom to share. 


2014 Tedx Johannesburg 2013 Special Jury Mention, African International Film Festival 2012 Jury Winner, Most Digital Treatment, Cinema Planeta Film Festival, Mexico

Ingrid martens africashafted

Ingrid Martens

While attaining her Masters Degree in Culture and Media Studies, Ingrid Martens documented the beginning of Regional Television in South Africa. During the process she trained with various journalists and found her passion for telling stories in a powerful medium that can impact positively on people’s lives. She was chosen for the International Professional Programme for Journalists at CNN in Atlanta. One of Africa’s most awarded production houses in Kenya, namely Camerapix, then approached her to become the executive producer/bureau chief of its first ever South African office. Martens produced and assisted in the production of news and features in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Angola for clients such as CNN, BBC, SABC and e-TV. She also produced advocacy videos for organizations such as the Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations University for Peace.

All from this director.