Spring Queen

The Spring Queen is an annual pageant in Cape Town. In it, textile workers compete for the crown in front of 10,000 supporters. The documentary follows the stories of the women who become “Cinderellas for a night”. It is a poignant exploration of how the pageant continues to have a defiant subtext. It was created in the darkest days of apartheid as part of a false economy and an artificially engineered culture. Today, as textile manufacturing moves to China, many South African factories face closure. The film illuminates a society and a world in transition.

Produced and Directed by PAUL YULE


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