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Chasing The Dragon

Industry: Public interest & Non-profit
Media:TV & Cinema
Market:South Africa
Style: Minimalism

SUPER TITLE: CHASING THE DRAGONTik-tik-tik. That’s the sound of the crystals bursting against the glass when you’re chasing the White Dragon. Tik…tik-tik. That’s the feel of the craving scratching under your skin. Tik…tik…tik. That’s the sound of the chains. On the Cape Flats, Methamphetamine is called ‘tik’. A drug cheap to buy and easy to say after the acid has devoured your gums and your teeth have fallen out. When death finally comes to fetch you in her flowing white cloak, she is exquisite. And merciful. And kind. She lifts up these convulsing lost children to her bosom. Wraps them up and takes them away.These are streets tarred with pain. Neighbourhoods who share their stories of shame and hopelessness in whispers. Where mothers cry in kitchens of stained linoleum floors and fathers drink their bitterness and sorrow away in the backyard. The drugs slither into the community; released by the gangsters to do their dark work. Poisoning children and stopping the hearts of the homes here in this place of purgatory. The sandy footpath out of the labyrinth of shacks and stench to the beach. That’s the way out. If it were a sermon, it would be shrieked by a weeping evangelist “The narrow path to the sea of salvation, brothers and sisters!” - but it isn’t a sermon. It’s just a sandy path that leads to a warm sea where an ocean waits. When you are ready you will know.Word is spreading about this way out. A sanctuary for children who have the courage to wade into the sea. A place that uses the timeless way of surfing to work miracles. A place you will have to find for yourself. The sea doesn’t care whose God you believe in. It has always been there for those who are hear the call. The Gospel of Surfing; like a new religion. •(If you let it, the ocean will use whatever magical means to get into you. It will summon the wind and command the tides. It will call upon the moon. It will use all these things to conjure up the waves.)* I really like this para but see if the movie breathes better without it. I like the fact that it gives the Ocean this magical quality though, so let’s see if it can work.The Ocean changes you. It changes everyone.“One day you wake up and you catch yourself in the mirror and you can see that something has changed. You like this person now now. Much more than the one before. That troublesome one I won’t miss.”“Tomorrow I will go into the water and again I will change. I go into the ocean so that it can carry on with its salty work. It is not finished with me yet. I can tell. I’m still a little rough around the edges.”TITLE: The cure for addiction is another addiction.

The film documents the redemptive power that surfing has had on communities in the Cape Flats –a place with serious gangsterism and drug problems, especially methamphetamine (known locally as tik). Through the Surf Shack, children caught in this seemingly endless cycle of abuse and desperation now have a way out: the ocean and the positivity of surfing. It presents them with a new religion, a new way of life and a new start.

An area outside of Cape Town known collectively as The Cape Flats is rife with crime, poverty and gangsterism. Added to that, cheap methamphetamine (known colloquially as tik) is at pandemic levels in these communities. The knock-on effect of the drug impacts the whole of the Western Cape creating crime and violence across the province. Despite being in close proximity to the sea, these communities often have a fear of the ocean, so surfing is something that would never usually be considered as a sport or a lifestyle.
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Other credit:Entrant Company: Y&R SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town, South Africa
Agency Producer, Justin Fraser, Y&R South Africa
Agency Producer, Ashleigh Hamilton, Y&R South Africa
Cinematographer, Kabeer Schaik, 7Films
Sound Engineer, Craig Ormond, Big Leap Productions
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018
Shortlist Entertainment
Online: Non-fiction
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018
Shortlist Entertainment
Sports for Good
The One Show 2018
Merit Film
Online Films & Video / Long Form - Single
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Gold Health & Wellness
Pro-Bono led Education & Awareness
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017
Bronze Film Craft
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