Films Discussion Guide

At the centre of Fathers Matter are six different films set in various places around South Africa. Each film is a deeply moving and inspiring drama that explores the complexities of fatherhood in South Africa today, where most children grow up in homes without their biological fathers. Each film is about 30 minutes long.

This discussion guide based on the films can be used by organisations or groups to:

  • Create awareness and start conversations about why a father should be positively involved in his child’s life – no matter how old they are.
  • Create a supportive environment and share resources that organisations and people can use to promote positive fatherhood.

NB – This material is designed to be used by everyone and is NOT just for men.

  • File size: 12.097 MB
  • Format: pdf
  • Length: 28 pages
  • Language: English
  • Publisher Name: Heartlines
  • Date Published: Aug 18, 2022
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Fathers Matter Films Discussion Guide
12.097 MB

Where can we watch the films?

There are a couple of different ways to watch the films.

The first film will premiere on SABC 2 on 17 September 2022 at 8:30pm. The next five films will then be aired at the same time on consecutive Saturdays until 22 October 2022.

  • Each film will be repeated on SABC 2 on the Thursday following its Saturday premiere.
  • The films will also be accessible on the SABC video-on-demand app, TelkomONE (you can download it from any app store or find it online at www.telkomone.tv/en) – which means you can watch them anytime, anywhere, even after they have aired on TV.
  • If you’d like to organise viewings of the films outside of the airing dates, contact the Heartlines team at fathersmatter@heartlines.org.za

How to use this discussion guide

While there is a synopsis for each film in this guide, your group will benefit the most if everyone watches the film before participating in the discussion.

  • Over a six-week period, arrange to meet weekly in small groups to watch and then discuss the films. Ideally, a group should include 6–10 people.
  • Appoint a person to lead each group.
  • Make sure that each leader has a copy of the discussion guide.
  • Encourage group members to watch the film each week: they can either watch at home and then meet together, or they can watch in groups together.
  • The synopsis should only be read out if there are people who have not watched the film.
  • Review the discussion questions for each film. Choose the ones that are most relevant for your context, given the time you have available.
  • Please note that some of quotes and scenes from the film may have changed during the final edit.
  • Read the wrap-up aloud to the group.

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