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.
Our work is steeped in research, ongoing M&E and a theory of change that informs our projects and resources.Learn about our research
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
Fathers Matter Film Series
The Heartlines Fathers Matter films are six different, compelling dramas that explore the complexities of fatherhood in South Africa today, where most children grow up in homes without their biological fathers.Read more
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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.
Heartlines 2023 staff retreat
The Heartlines team recently attended our 2023 staff retreat where there were great opportunities for learning, connecting and dreaming together.Read more
Time to combat mental health stigma in the church
In recent years, the question of mental health has come to the fore, especially post the Covid-19 pandemic. In Christian communities, there is a stigma around seeking professional help.Read more
Rise up with hope
Brett 'Fish' Anderson encourages us to fight for hope in the midst of the darkness and suffering we see in the world around us.
Heartlines partners with UNICEF to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for the elderly
Heartlines and the Oak Foundation supported UNICEF's #Grandkids4Gogos campaign to help increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for people over 50 around South Africa.Read more
Remembering Sharpeville and reflecting on human rights
Olefile Masangane shares his thoughts on why we need to remember where we have come from as we commemorate Human Right's Day and observe Lent this March.Read more
Reconciling riot hotspots through sports and storytelling
The July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal escalated racial tensions in the province. Heartlines and church leaders are working to bring change and reconciliation.