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Covert – Documentary Series

Re-awaken the Neighbourhood


This series of short 20–24-minute documentaries follows the exploits of a group of South African business people, engineers and artists who engage in covert operations to alter people’s lives as they implement social renewal projects in various cities around South Africa. All of their work is done in secret and without those who will be affected by it knowing anything at all about the plan.


South Africa is filled with once beautiful places that are in desperate need of transformation. Covert follows a group of “operatives” who have one mission: transform the country, one area at a time.
   Working in secret and in collaboration with the subject’s family and friends, this group of artists, engineers, architects and volunteers first identify a person or area in need, then spend time planning and designing. Then the hard work begins – repairing, clearing litter, erecting street lighting, painting and building – transforming what were once eyesores into beautiful spaces for the country’s residents. Think of this as an urban, gritty version of Extreme Makeover.
   We will follow each project from the planning phase through to the actual transformation. Finally, we end with the reactions of the grateful residents.

Development Status 

Seeking Development Funding

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