Nyarha Farmworkers

Join us for the premiere screening of The Forge’s first documentary “Nyarha Farmworkers”. This documentary considers “the personal as the political” with a focus on farmworkers in Bedford (Nyarha), Eastern Cape. It seeks to document the lived experiences and struggles of farmworkers. How do the people who work the land articulate their relationship (historical and […]

Red Road to Freedom by Tom Lodge

The Forge and Tricontinental Institute for Social Research invite you to attend a live (and live streamed) book launch of Red Road to Freedom: A History of the South African Communist Party 1921-2021 by renowned Historian Tom Lodge – currently Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Limerick, formerly Professor of Political […]

Political Revival October 2021

The Forge invites you to a Political Revival through Music and Poetry Political Revival theme: Black Wednesday and Political Repression in the 1970s ProgramPresentation: The oppressed had a way of responding to the oppressor by Dr JoeThloloe (Chairperson of the Aggrey Klaaste Trust, Veteran Journalist, former Editorand Press Ombudsman) Poetry and Musical rendition by MoAfrika […]

The Unthinkable

You are invited by The Forge to a screening of The Unthinkable – this is adocumentary film that tells the story of the state crack-down on pro-democracyprotests in eSwatini, from the perspective of victims and survivors. The Unthinkable is a Mzomba production, presented in association with the eSwatiniSolidarity Fund. The documentary is directed by Comfort […]

Ilifa and Unam Wena

The Forge and uHlanga Press invite you to the launch of Ilifa by Athambile Masola and of Unam Wena by Mthunzikazi A. Mbungwana. In Ilifa, her first published collection of poetry, Athambile Masola gifts us with an isiXhosa that is written as it is spoken – as a language that is urban, alive, and is a reflection of our own unique time […]

Section27 10 Years of Impact

SECTION27 marked its ten-year anniversary. This exhibition invites us to take the time to review the performance of this organisation of catalysts for social justice, as we all attempt to evaluate, co-create and operate in this new normal.

Nation on the Couch by Wahbie Long

The Forge and Melinda Ferguson Books are happy to invite you to the launch of Nation on the Couch by Wahbie Long. Nation on the Couch “explores life in our beloved country through the lens of psychoanalysis. By focusing on the idea of a ‘political unconscious’, it argues that there is much to be learnt […]

Posterity #2 Don’t Make me Over

The video-installation intervention titled ‘Don’t make me over’ is part of a series of works within the ambit of The Posterity Project: that act as disruption and public provocation, within selected archival and heritage sites. Besides the installation at The Forge and The Commune situated within the newly gentrified heart of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the Castle […]


ISILILO is a look into the state of health institutions in South Africa through the life of a young boy whose dreams are deferred because of his father’s deteriorating health. As the story unfolds, we encounter young Gcina Mabitsela, the protagonist, having to choose between his career as a soccer star, the love of his life and caring for his father.