These images were all taken during the weeks immediately following the World Cup Final (2010). Soweto, which stands for SOuth WEstern TOwnships, is the historical heart of the resistance to Apartheid. While Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both lived here (Tutu still maintains a residency while Mandela's house has been turned into a museum), the middle and high school children of Soweto are the ones recognized as the true voice of the resistance for refusing to be accept education solely in Afrikaans and English in 1976. (Afrikaans is the language of the Nationalist Party (NP) Apartheid government, which is a derivative of Dutch).
Since Apartheid ended in 1994 Soweto has become heavily touristed during the day, but very rarely do people stay overnight. After spending a week in Cape Town during the World Cup I grew weary of not having a connection with South Africans as the city center was heavily packed with Futbol fans from around the globe. I decided to fly up to Joburg where the final match between Spain and the Netherlands was taking place at Soccer City in Soweto, but chose to watch the game in the townships. While in hindsight it might not have been the wisest decision to arrive in the townships after dark without a place to stay it was the turning point in my relationship with South Africa. I stayed within Soweto for two weeks and the people, despite a marginalized existence, were perhaps the warmest individuals I have met while traveling. This also gave me an opportunity to inquire what the average Sowetan thought about the impact(s) the World Cup would have. As a result, my documentary film "The Dark Side of the Ball" started to take form.