While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences. There are many very good documentary films that never make it onto the South African mainstream movie circuit – Bowling for Columbine and An Inconvenient Truth are among the rare exceptions. By bringing some of the lesser known, but equally incisive and riveting documentaries to Cape Town, we hope to raise the levels of awareness and activism in our communities.
All of our screenings are followed by a facilitated audience discussion which usually develops into a lively debate that allows for participation by individuals as well as organisations. Capetonians from all walks of life come to While You Were Sleeping events. We organise a film screening (usually one showing a day, on three successive days) once every couple of months or so. Most screenings take place at The Labia cinema in Orange Street, the only independent movie house in Cape Town. We are also deeply indebted to all of the movie makers who allow us to present their creations.
Check the events calendar for future film documentaries from While You Were Sleeping.