奧蒂-馬布塞談我的南非--"我可以和大家分享我美麗的國家"

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奧蒂-馬布塞談我的南非--"我可以和大家分享我美麗的國家"

我們都是從《嚴格控制》的舞池中認識奧蒂-馬布塞的,但她在英國獲得舞蹈名聲的旅程很漫長。它始於南非的鄉鎮。在這部紀錄片中,奧蒂回到了她童年的家,重新審視那些激勵她成為今天的舞蹈家和女人的人和地方。

在她的旅程中,她遇到了鼓舞人心的人:音樂家、農民、舞者,她還深入了解了她自己家庭在種族隔離制度下的黑暗歷史。

奧蒂是一個快樂的夥伴,帶領我們穿越這個美麗而多樣的國家。但這不是一部傳統的名人遊記。

作為一個非洲黑人,她對自己祖國的看法比任何來自英國的散客所能帶來的更深刻、更個人化、更細緻入微。她的經歷使她重新考慮她的家庭所經歷的鬥爭,從而使她過上了這樣的生活。

最終,奧蒂從已經發生的變化中找到了希望,也從她遇到的那些專注於繼續推動這一變化的年輕人和堅強的女性身上找到了希望。

為什麼這部紀錄片對你如此重要?

這部紀錄片對我很重要,因為我可以和大家分享我美麗的國家。通過對舞蹈的熱愛,所有這些:南非的文化,它在政治上所處的階段,還有一些我覺得人們不知道但很想知道的感覺良好的時刻。

是什麼激發了您的創作靈感?

在我所有的工作中,特別是在《嚴格》節目中,我一直在分享南非。我一直在談論它,我一直在做舞蹈,就像我們在約堡,我們在莫桑比克。

對我來說,非洲是最美麗的大陸之一,還沒有被完全發現。我覺得自己是能夠真正開拓的人之一,並展示所有57個國家的所有方面。我愛這些人,我是這些人中的一員,我欣賞他們的為人,我尊重作為非洲人的所有瘋狂神話。

在拍攝該節目時,對你來說最震驚的發現是什麼?

奧拉尼亞,那個只有白人的小鎮。那是文化衝擊之一,第二是我的家庭在南非的歷史的複雜細節。

你回到南非的行程中的亮點是什麼?

在納爾遜-曼德拉的牢房裡,拿着羅本島的鑰匙。我掌握了我的國家歷史的一個重要部分,他們不會把鑰匙給任何人,所以這對我來說是不可思議的。我從小就了解所有這些政治犯,他們中的每一個人,而我能拿着鑰匙,把他們釋放給世界,做他們所做的一切好事。

與家人分開這麼久後重聚,感覺如何?

我甚至不知道用英語怎麼說,但感覺我又可以呼吸了。我又能看見了,感覺我又能品嘗到食物了。這感覺就像回到了家,這是最不可思議的、無法描述的感覺。

在創作這部紀錄片的過程中,你是否享受到分支,做一些不同的事情?

千真萬確,我喜歡與人溝通。我喜歡了解人們。我喜歡和人們在一起。我愛人們,我愛那種不知道某些東西然後又學會它的共同經歷。

奧蒂-馬布塞--我的南非》將於11月17日晚9點在BBC One播出,也可在BBC iPlayer上觀看。


We all know Oti Mabuse from the dancefloor of Strictly, but hers has been a long journey to achieve dancing fame in the UK. It started in the townships of South Africa. In this documentary, Oti returns to her childhood home, to revisit the people and places that inspired her to be the dancer and woman she is today.

On her journey, she meets the inspirational people: musicians, farmers, dancers, and she delves back into her own family’s dark past under apartheid.

Oti is a joyful companion to take us through this beautiful and diverse country. But this is not a traditional celebrity travelogue.

As a black African, her perspective on her homeland is deeper, more personal and more nuanced than any casual visitor from the UK could bring. Her experiences make her reconsider the struggles her family had, to give her the life that she has led.

Ultimately, Oti finds hope in the changes that have happened and in the young people and the strong women she meets who are so focused on continuing to drive through that change.

Why is this documentary so important to you?

This documentary is important to me because I get to share my beautiful country with everyone. The ups, the downs and all of it through the love of dance: the culture of South Africa, the stage of where it is politically and also some feel-good moments that I feel like people don't know and would love to know.

What inspired you to create it?

In all my work, especially on Strictly, I've always shared South Africa. I've always spoken about it, I've always done dances that are like we're in Joburg, we’re in Mozambique.

Africa for me is one of the most beautiful continents that hasn't been discovered fully. I feel like one of the people who can actually pioneer that and show all sides of all 57 countries. I love the people, I am one of the people and I appreciate them for what and who they are and I respect all the crazy myths that come with being African.

What was the most shocking finding for you whilst filming the programme?

Orania, the whites only town. That was the one of the culture shocks and the second one was intricate details on my family's history in South Africa.

What was the highlight of your trip back to South Africa?

Being in Nelson Mandela’s cell and holding the key to Robben Island. I got to hold a vital part of my country's history, and they don't give that key to anybody, so that for me was incredible. I grew up learning about all these political prisoners, every single one of them, and I got to hold the key that released them to the world to do all the good that they've done.

How did it feel to be reunited with your family after so long apart?

I don't even know the word in English, but it felt like I could breathe again. I could see again, it felt like I could taste food again. It felt like home, it was the most unbelievable indescribable feeling.

Did you enjoy branching out and doing something different in creating this documentary?

One thousand percent, I love connecting with people. I love learning about people. I love being with people. I love people, and I love the shared experience of not knowing something and then learning it.

Oti Mabuse – My South Africa will air on BBC One on 17 November at 9pm, and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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