"Resistance" is a giant wheat paste public art installation, a world record figure spanning more than 100 meters. An image of a broken AK -47.
Resistance was born from a conversation between Ralph Ziman and (anti-arms activist) Terry Crawford-Browne.
Resistance is named for War Resisters International, an anti war organization founded in the wake of the First World War. War Resisters has been in existence for almost a century and has branches all around the world. The logo has always been a rifle, broken in half by a pair of hands.
Ziman wanted to update the logo. The gun is now an AK 47, the most destructive weapon in the history of mankind. Invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov just after the Second World War the AK 47 has killed more people than the atom bomb and HIV Aids combined. Some estimates are as high as half a billion people and a majority of them were civilians.
The gun is wrapped in a combination of world currencies symbolizing the international arms trade, a trade that not only pedals in death but also impoverishes fledgling economies around the world, diverting money that could be used for health care and education and fuelling corruption. 25% of the world's corruption is routed through the arms trade making the international arms trade the largest organized crime syndicate in the world”.
CAMERA OPERATORS: Alfonzo Franke, Jess James Harris
PRODUCER: Shanna Freedman
POST: MUTI Films
SOUNDTRACK: Daniel Eppel - My Little Love
RESISTANCE - Manenberg took place in March 2015 upon invitation by community leaders from 'Safe Manenberg Campaign' (a Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum project) .
Since inception The RESISTANCE Project has partnered with several NGO's working on the ground to create safer communities; focusing on areas in the Greater Cape Town region that are plagued by gang warfare and gun violence.
RESISTANCE - Manenberg was a collaborative effort between artist, Ralph Ziman (project founder) and the Crate Collective.
Director: Kyla Philander
DOP: Alfonzo Franke and Sofie Koevoets
Editor: Sofie Koevoets
Soundtrack 1: Everything is Bad - Helicalin (lost-radio reshape) (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Soundtrack 2: The Beginning - Spin Day (CC-BY 4.0)