South African broadcasting corporation , broadcasting for total citizen empowerment - SABC
| Make this my Homepage


Counter Culture  |  Tuesday 11 July 2017 08:47

Counter Culture Unvarnished. Up Close. Real

South Africa is heralded as having the world’s most progressive constitution that upholds equality. Internationally the country is applauded for its multicultural diversity, tolerance and respect for one another. Is this actually the case? SABC 3 brings you the edgy documentary Counter Culture, Sunday 30th July at 21h30.

If we as a society could learn to respect and understand each other, our diversity in cultures and religions – whether we agree with them or not – there would be less conflict between individual parties, groups or nations. Hostility would be marginalized and persecution eradicated. This show hopes to provide that very bridge to a harmonious multicultural society using controversial and entertaining television to open viewers’ hearts and minds with an objective and impartial approach. After watching this balanced yet emotional roller-coaster television show, viewers may question what is “normal”.

Each week Counter Culture investigates one of mainstream society’s A to Z list of counter-cultures. The simple idea is to shift the audience’s incredulousness, to one of understanding and broadmindedness: a live and let live attitude based on empathy and insight. In doing so, the show aims to change viewers’ pre-conceptions too.

Tune in to Counter Culture the probing A to Z encyclopaedic TV series that hopes to shed light on one of society’s misunderstood co-cultures every Sunday at 21h30 on SABC 3 “The Stage Is Yours”.
For more information, interviews and pictures, please contact the SABC 3 Publicity department.

Counter Culture has selected Naturism for exploration. Doing things in the nude is becoming more popular as individuals seek to rid themselves of their daily constructs and revel in the liberation of their naturalness. According to the South African Naturist Federation (Sanfed) this lifestyle choice has been growing rapidly in South Africa, from 130 people in 2009 to more than 8 000 members currently. While public nudity in South Africa is not legal it is allowed within certain parameters and things are most certainly changing in response to this lifestyle choice.

No other place is home to more captivating or inspiring graffiti than the District Six neighborhood in Cape Town. You’ll come across images of Maasai people, imitations of contemporary African lifestyles, representations of South African political figures like Nelson Mandela or Steven Biko, and paintings dedicated to public awareness goals – like the protection of human rights, freedom or honour. Cape Town’s urban art makes a powerful statement in times of uncertainty and decay. Graffiti works are generally seen more as a burden than as a form of art, but the majority of Cape Town’s graffiti artworks deal with current issues, concerns and public sentiment – the things that matter.

A drag queen is a person, usually male, who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex often for the purpose of entertainment or fashion. Drag has a rich cultural history and men have been performing on stage as women since the Ancient Greek tragedies with Shakespeare famously cast men as women. While making a crossover to mainstream entertainment and society there is still often a stigma attached. While drag is very much associated with gay men and gay culture, there are drag artists of all sexualities and gender identities. There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly from professional performers to those who simply prefer clothing and makeup that is usually worn by the opposite sex in their culture.

Comic Book Fans and self-confessed geeks have often had the negative stereotype attached of a sad loner living in his mother’s basement hoarding his comic books, but with the evolution of the comic book genre into movie franchises and all its associated paraphernalia it has become increasingly cool to be a geek. Cape Town held its first FanCon in 2016, due to this rise in popularity, to great success, and has now established itself as a must-attend event on the South African geek calendar. All the fans that attend get an entertaining and lively experience, where every aspect of comics, pop culture, and geekdom in general find expression in a diverse range of activities including the ever popular Cosplay competitions.

Beauty pageants epitomize the word "glamour." Young women dress up in floor length gowns, sparkling bikinis, and all the hairspray a human scalp can hold, while showcasing their broadest smiles and most special talents. A spectacle in the truest sense, beauty pageants are essentially graded performances of traditional femininity. In many parts of South Africa females women ranging in ages from 3 all the way up to 63 are taking part in local beauty pageants held in their community or church halls. Some do it just to boost their self-confidence or self-esteem while others have much bigger dreams.

Going "off-grid" is becoming an increasingly popular choice for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint, assert their independence and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. "The grid" is a common name for the power grid - the linked system that delivers electricity to the masses. A typical house is connected to power, gas, water and telephone lines. Going off the grid means shunning these public utilities in favour of creating your own energy. Usually when someone says they are going to live off the grid, you expect them to be wealthy – but there are more and more people who are challenging this discourse.

Modern witchcraft or Wicca has many negative connotations attached to it – people often assume it’s connected to Satanism but contrary to what many people believe; Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists. Most modern Wiccans are not spending their days casting spells, although that does form part of the religion, but the majority are just ordinary human beings, holding down normal jobs in finance or admin, raising their children.  Wiccans believe that human kind is not superior to nature, the earth and its creatures but instead are simply one of the many parts, both seen and unseen that combine to make the whole.

While aerobic exercises like jogging and riding a stationary bike can improve the health of the heart and lungs, pumping iron is the best way to help improve the bulk of the muscles, adding definition and increasing overall strength. While weightlifting can be helpful for most people, there are some people who take a weightlifting routine to the extreme. Throughout the country bodybuilding competitions take place regularly for both men and women and we learn the high cost of taking part in these events regularly.

While many people partake in ballroom dancing as a social past time there is a very competitive side to this sport. By the turn of the nineteenth century ballroom dancing had become a popular social pastime in Europe, North-America and South Africa. The years leading up to the First World War saw a number of South African social dancers, like their Western counterparts, striving to perfect the steps of these imported, ballroom dance routines. Now in modern day South Africa the sport continues to expand and the competitions can get very cutthroat…

Martial Arts has often courted controversy as it can be seen to promote gratuitous violence as mixed martial arts fighting can often leave competitors severely injured. Yet in South Africa it has been gaining popularity and criss-crosses racial lines as good fighters come in all colours. To most this is seen as a sport that needs to stop as it is considered barbaric to others it is pure entertainment and the fighters know what to expect. At the same time many people in South Africa of all races and genders are learning Martial Arts as a form of self-defence.

Modern dog shows first began more than 150 years ago in England and by the end of the century it was a hugely popular pastime, with dog owning fashionable among all classes of society. For most of the people who train and then enter their dogs in these events showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs.  Dog shows are basically a process of elimination, with one dog being named Best In Show at the end of the day.

Illegal car racing on public highways is becoming an urban problem no matter where you are globally or in South Africa. Society presumes it is for delinquent ill-educated males who are trying to increase their status in their group or gang. One of our case studies dispels this stereotype as it involves someone from a good background …and happens to be a woman who is also trying to change the illegal face of the sport.

Polyamory does not feature in any census tick box but anecdotal evidence suggests that it is on the rise. All this raises the question of whether the future of love may be very different from our current conceptions of romance. We spend time with a couple in an open relationship who also partake in swinging as well as a woman who identifies as polyamorous. Over the past few years, polyamory has become a more widely known term and practice. And perhaps inevitably, certain misconceptions about what “polyamory” means have become widespread as well.

About SABC 3
The repositioned SABC 3 brand brings you “The Stage is Yours”, for the quintessential viewer that is unapologetically South African in pride and in behaviour but holds a global view, the unboxed. We are the channel that shines a spotlight on our aspirations and represents the progressive spirit of our nation. We have local content that is relevant, cutting edge, compelling and speaks to our South Africanisms.  We aim to showcase our multicultural energy and the collective possibility that allows our viewers to make life affirming -decisions that will define the future of generations to come.

Issued by Doulha Domingo
Publicity Coordinator: SABC 3 | Tel. (011) 714 6269


SABC on youtube