How We Live is an intimate observation of the lives of three Capetonian families from different income groups who live and work in Cape Town. Each family is made up of people who love and care for each other. Each main character faces personal challenges within specific interpersonal, financial and geographical contexts. Monwa is grappling with the loss of his wife but can’t afford the gravestone he needs to put her memory to rest. Kelly and Janine want children but both women work long, tough, unpredictable hours. Liezel and Derek work hard to connect with their blended family while juggling high powered, executive careers. Watching each family allows the viewer to reflect on what really makes a happy life, and what this costs. (2021, 21min)
Producer, Director, Editor: Kerrin Kokot
Cinematographer: Pascale Neuschäfer
Production Manager: Kerry Lassen
Production Assistants: Siyasanga Nkata, Octavia Sonyane
Production Company: Just Films (South Africa)
Special thanks to Khalis Shamis.
Development funding by the National Film and Video Foundation.