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In Cape Town’s informal settlements, the government never built a sewage system, hence the absence of flush toilets. Each inhabitant must therefore devise an individualised solution to dispose of their excrement. Excretapolitics is a impressionistic documentary composed of portraits of the residents facing this infrastructural injustice.

Genre: Documentary

Languages: Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Sesotho

Duration: 112 min

Year: 2023 (in post-production)

Director  Yoel Meranda

Producers  Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma, France)

Yoel Meranda (Kamara, Turkey)

Co-Producers  Bongiwe Selane (Blingola Media, South Africa)

Kristina Konrad (Welt Film, Germany)

Inspired by Masixole Feni’s photographs

Project Consultant  Masixole Feni

Assistant Director  Nahum Thulani Deke

Editors  Tsholofelo Monare, Yoel Meranda

Translators  Biko Ngcobo, Enathi Mqokeli

Graphic Design  Sonwabo Valashiya

Sound Editing & Mix  Emmanuel Soland

Color Grading  Olivier Dassonville

Financed by CNC, CNAP, Tënk, Procirep-Angoa in France                  

Yeni Film Fonu in Turkey

Director Bio

Yoel Meranda was born in Istanbul in 1981. Four of his experimental videos were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. His videos have also screened at international festivals such as Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Douarnenez and Lucca. His video installations were presented at New York White Box Gallery, Basilica Cistern, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, and Pera Museum. He produced Albüm, a Turkey-France-Romania-Germany co-production which won the Visionary Award at the Critics’ Week at Cannes 2016 and Best Feature Film at Sarajevo. Also produced the documentary The Pageant, a Turkey-France-Israel-Germany co-production which premiered in international competition at Visions du Réel 2020 and distributed by Grasshopper Films in North America. Yoel was selected for the Moulin d’Andé writing residency in 2018 for his first feature fiction film project, a contemporary adaptation of Balzac.

Director's Short Filmography

saldım çayıra... (my herd on a meadow...), experimental video, sound, 6 min, 2011
Commissioned for 2011 !f Istanbul & Ankara
2016 Douarnenez Festival de Cinéma

highway screening, experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2010
2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival - Experimental

moonalphabet, experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2010
2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Last Year's Resolutions

straitscaping, experimental video, silent, 1 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival

rauscht, experimental video, silent, 1 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival

ascents in february, experimental video, sound, 3 min, 2010
2010 Toronto International Film Festival

not be or..., experimental video, silent, 2 min, 2009
2010 Toronto International Film Festival


Yoel Meranda (Kamara)


Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma)

Bongiwe Selane (Blingola Media)

Kristina Konrad (Welt Film)


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