Kids live on radio

Let us take you to a world where the only “voices on the radio” are those of children and adolescents!

Bush Radio is a South African community radio station targeting the residents of the poor neighborhoods of Cape Town. The station was launched in 1996 with the CREW program; Children’s Radio Education Workshops. Every Saturday children and teenagers produce their own live program.

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Release date: 2002

Running time: 25 min


Scenario & Directing:
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
Director of Photography:
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen

Nur (8) and her contemporaries are followed during the process of making the program “Bush Kids”. Discover which subjects the children of Cape Town discuss and how they experience being “live on air”. Swapping jokes, discussing their favorite films, their pets; but also the problem of violence in schools.

We also take a peek into the live of Springs (16) who grew up in the township of Guguletu and now lives in a boarding school. He tells how much making the program “Bush Teens” means to him. He also gives us an insight into class differences in cape Town, and how it was to grow up in a Township. Together with friends he still spends most of his free time with friends in Guguletu.