Copper Ashes – A tale from Afrika Burn – Short Film

Directing / Cinematography / Editing

Every year thousands of “burners” migrate to the Tankwa Karoo, coming together in a whirlwind of affection, expression and dust.

In 2017 among the pretty faces were three filmmakers (Herman du Toit, Michael Zomer, and myself) who joined the pilgrimage in order to shed light on the true essence of AfrikaBurn. They integrated themselves and listened to the stories of their peers whistling in the wind, all in a valiant effort to try and encapsulate the magnitude of the gathering. A gift to the attendees, a glimpse of the glory for those whom have yet to experience AfrikaBurn.

In their pursuit they handed out multiple disposable cameras with the intent of having them spread across the playa, from burner to burner. A few photos made it back to the three filmmakers, with each telling their own story.

Visit to view a few of the photos that made their way back to us.


A gift from…

Directed and written by Dewald Brand and Herman du Toit
Produced by GKC (
Filmed by Dewald Brand, Michael Zomer, and Herman du Toit
Graded by Josh Borrill
Aerial footage by Skyhook
Sound design by Luis Trudjillo
Skydiving footage by Mother City Skydiving
Edited by Dewald Brand
Visual effects by Herman du Toit
Illustrations by Megan Corbet

Special thanks to Orms Cape Town School of Photography for granting access to film in their dark room.