What we do
Heartlines is a social change organisation that encourages people to live out positive values. We do this through our projects.View our projects
Produce Films and Resources
We produce films and multimedia resources to spark conversations around values, and to equip you to live them out.
We facilitate values-based training, workshops and motivational talks for companies, organisations and groups.
Like Water is for Fish by Heartlines CEO Dr Garth Japhet explores the power of story in our lives, how story has influenced him and how he's used it to influence others.
"An inspiring read that shows how stories and storytelling can change lives."
Heartlines produces award-winning films that use the power of storytelling to entertain and inspire viewers. Many of our long-term projects, such as What's Your Story? and Values & Money, are based on the films we produce.
To support his estranged son’s swimming aspirations, Amos, a reformed alcoholic, attempts to restore a derelict public pool but meets resistance from the community. Through patience, determination and courage, Amos’ selfless act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and do what they know is right.Read more
Beyond the River
Two men from very different walks of life team up for the 120km Dusi Canoe Marathon. By opening up about their respective life stories, they break race, social and age barriers, forming a formidable bond. This film is inspired by the true story of Piers Cruikshanks' and Siseko Ntondini's 2014 Dusi journey.Read more
Nothing for Mahala
Axe lives in the fast lane and is spending a lot more than he’s earning. When his debts catch up with him and he’s sentenced to community service with a surly senior, he begins to wonder if the flashy life is worth the price.Read more
Heartlines 8 Films 8 Values
8 Weeks, 8 Values, 1 National Conversation. Heartlines’ founding campaign centred around these films, which were aired on public television and remain notable local productions. Each dealt with a specific value and used the power of story to share a message of hope and motivation for social change.Read more
Access hundreds of videos, e-books and guides
Drive positive change in your organisation using our extensive library of free resources and courses, which you can access instantly when you sign up to our online resource centre.
Arise with courageous compassion
[Stories of Hope] Seth reflects on the difficulties of the recent unrest and destruction and shares how listening deeply to people and acknowledging their pain can help us rebuild in a more equitable, just way.
'Not all is lost' – A day of rebuilding in Alex
[Stories of Hope] Thabiso was born and raised in Alexandra and is passionate about its people and communities. He shares his story and photos of being part of a clean-up initiative in the wake of the riots and looting.Read more
Like Water is for Fish - How Story Shapes Lives: Exclusive Books Book Launch 3 March 2021
The Exclusive Books launch was hosted by seasoned journalist and media personality Paula Fray and the conversation touched on a number of fascinating and noteworthy topics such as vulnerability, mental health – and of course, storytelling.Read more
Like Water is for Fish: The power of story in our lives
Heartlines CEO Dr Garth Japhet has released his debut book, which weaves together stories from his life and tales from other notable South Africans, including Lillian Dube, Zapiro and Gcina Mhlophe, to show the power that stories have in our lives.Read more