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Synopsis: An Afrikaans-speaking man helps his elderly German neighbour in a time of need, despite a language barrier. In the process, he learns volumes about himself.


Afrikaans, German, English

Run Time

18 minutes


Marlo Minnaar (Man)
Aletta Bezuidenhout (Vrou)

Directed by

Jurg Slabbert

Written by

Christiaan Boonzaier

Produced by

Mia Cilliers
Katharina Stehle

Edited by

Elana Steyn

Production Designer

Wolf Britz


Pascale Neuschäfer

Director's Bio

Jurg Slabbert (42) is a South African filmmaker, editor, and video producer, currently based in Cape Town. After several years as a multimedia journalist, he shifted his focus to documentary film and
graduated with a master’s degree from the DOC NOMADS consortium – studying in Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium – in 2017. While at school, he produced and directed two documentary shorts, which screened in Chile, Denmark, and Italy. On/Off is his first fiction short.

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