If this be a city
Abstract This paper is a reflexive analysis of the process of making the short experimental film entitled If this be a city, which forms part of the practical component of the Masters in Film and Television. The formal, conceptual and aesthetic choices offered in the analysis of the film aim to explore alternative possibilities of analyzing representations of Joburg. I have positioned my filmic practice as one of the multi entry points to epistemologies that are concerned with the representation of Joburg discursively. If this be a city is an audio visual enquiry framed around theoretical concerns articulated in the literature about the critical interrogation of urban spaces in general, and Joburg in particular. The film operates as an evaluation of the prevailing theoretical body of work by accentuating the disparities between the theoretical frameworks and the everyday spatial practices of experiencing the city.