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bridgingMZAMBA – The Movie

A documentary by Kay Gertler, 32min, 2016

The film is dedicated to the mastered challenges of the multi-award winning self-construction project in South Africa.
Footage of filmmaker Kay Gertler and Hadrien Clair as well as image material of various project participants cover the process from negotiations with community representatives and the first infrastructural measures on site up to the joyous opening and hand-over ceremony of the pedestrian bridge.

buildCollective architects and founding members Elias Rubin and Marlene Wagner share their perspective on the project bridgingMZAMBA, collaboration with partners
(Community Steering Committee, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer, students, volunteers, consultants and supporters) and general approach to work.

Find out more about the work of Kay Gertler and KY – image films for humans on:

supported by:
Birgit Werner, Sigve Holmen and betterplace-crowdfunders.

for more information on project, partners and set up please visit:

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bridgingMZAMBA – The Movie

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A MOVIE for:
Nonhle Mbuthuma, Mashono Dlamini, Nkhulwani Mnyamane, Macube Mathembu, Mavis Dlamini, Thandazile Gampe, Sajini Dlamini, Stera Ndovela, Mdumiseni Dlamini, Madoyisi Dimane, Ntlahla Hlebo, Portia Ogle, Xolani Zindela, Simon Nzimakhwe, Nhindelwa Dlamini, Jesko von Jeney, Virginia Clasen, Sebastian Schweinberger, HSG, Christoph Jach, Laura Stock, Lukas Hofbauer, Anna Weisbrod, Hadrien Clair, Valentin Kandler, Tobias Lackner, Simon Spenrath, Günther Egger, Reinhard Stundner,Melan Juta, Florian Anzenberger, Pakhamini Ngeleka, Nuquip, Wolfgang Steiner, Siyabonga Khuzwayo, Siyabonga Mxunjini, Aiysha Dlamini, Khona Gampe, Ntombizethu Mnyamana, Ntobeko Dlamini, ame, Elias Rubin, Zenzile Chiya, Andile Dlamini, Siphiwe Dlamini, Land Salzburg, Ntomsetu Dlamini, Monde Mdunyelwa, Mjo Bhele, Mbongeni Dlamini, Xolani Mnyamana, Lizwe Dlamini, Bruce Plumbly, Yandisa Dlamini, Sithole Dlamini, Mthokozizi Ndlovu, Moses Mbuthuma, Richman Ntuli, David Mbuthuma, Lonwabo Dlamini, Abraham Ngeleka, Thomas Siegel, Gerhard Stocker, Hellfried Breymann, Dietmar Nast, Laurent Cattarinussi, Pfeifer Seil und Hebetechnik,  Daniel Meyer, Mario Rienke, Walter Sauer, Christoph Huber, Peter Nigst, AllPlant, Fabian Graber, Otmar Machine Tools, Haslinger StahlBau, Otto Greiner, Heini Staudinger, Eva Glawischnig, Gerald Blenner-Hassett, Bank Austria, Hans Dreyer, Digger Elliott, Felicity Swanepoel, Elias Ogle, Clyde Filer, Roger Grant, Jackie du Toit, Dick Trigg, Rudi Keudel-Schaeffer, Schenker Austria, Ryley Grunenwald, Stanford Spotsi, Luyanda Mali, Wild Coast Sun, Indigiflora Nursery, Mbizana Development Trust, Teufelberger,  Industrial Supply Centre, buildit Port Edward, Margate Engineering, Riaan Coetzer, HNK, Southern Steel, N-kap, Reinhard Lebersorger, Erna Müller, Max Abele, Österreichischer Wirtschaftsbund, Bernhard Pertiller, Thomas Harlander, Michael Plackner, Elfriede Fellner, Land Niederöstereich, Marlene Wagner, Elisabeth Donawell, BREG Bau und Revitalisierung, Christoph Chorherr, Herbert Salaun, Land Kärnten, Marius Müller, Manfred Ebner, Monika Manges, Hubert Bayer, Karin Fischer, Sabine Dvorak, Bernd Mümmler, Michael Spindelegger, Peter Haubner, Kay Gertler, Birgit Werner, Peter Kaiser, Rolf Holub, Siegfried Spanz, Eva Nowotny, Walter Schneider, Walter Thaler, Kurt Pock, Werner Faymann, Wilfried Haslauer, Christoph Leitl, Hans Peter Haselsteiner, Murauer Bier, Steel for You, offset5020, Kfast, Geith&Niggl, Salzburger Nachrichten, EZA, Mike Filer, WKO, Holzbau Gasser, Austria Alpin, Ybbser Wirtschaft, Johann Zehetgruber, Fibre C, Geyrecker, Lumber City, Franz Moser, ICS, BIG, Karl Schedler Transport-Logistik, TLB Plant Hire, Alexander Wrabetz, Erwin Himmelbauer, Erwin Pröll, Franz Rohr, Gerhard Pfeifer, Ingrid Dekan, Ithuba Community School learners………


“priloznost” exhibition and talk in Ljubljana

The odessa gallery exhibited projects by Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture, Carinthian University of Applied Science and buildCollectiveNPO.  A second part of poster and a 1:1 model at the university were accompanied by talks.

Thank you for the invitation to Anja Planiscek and team from the Fakulteta za architekturo!

Find the catalogue of the exhibition here:



photos: Katja Martincic


impactTALK:building bridges literally

How to implement a lifesaving infrastructure where the formal system is failing?

The presentation will focus on process and collaboration between North and South, breathtaking landscapes, tribal authority, master students, Swiss engineers, round huts, snakes, local construction team, volunteers and a Hollywood movie production.


From initial request by community members to the realisation of the main structure the talk will also tackle questions like:

  • How 20m3 of concrete for piling foundation got on a construction site without an access road.
  • Why our clients are fighting against an Australian mining company and why a casino had to return land to the community.
  • How 15m high steel pylon was set up just by a team of volunteers and community members.
  • How Charlize Theron peed on the construction site but did not give us a cent.
  • How do you want to help us finishing up and support the last phase of construction

Language: German
Entrance: free donation
Wine bar: all earnings will benefit the project bridgingMZAMBA

supported by ImpactHUB Vienna, Erbhof Nährer Weinbau

photos: Nikola Krumpolz


bC presents: “The Shore Break” – fundraising MOVIE SCREENING

Supported by:
Director Ryley Grunenwald, Schikaneder Kino, SADOCC
19 00 Uhr bridgingMZAMBA Project documentation by Kay Gertler
19 15 Uhr Introduction to “bridgingMZAMBA” (15 min)
19 30 Uhr “The Shore Break” (RSA 2014, eng.sub, 90 min)
21 00 Q&A with buildCollective – NPO

The Shore Break
Filmed & Directed by Ryley Grunenwald
Producers: Ryley Grunenwald & Odette Geldenhuys, South Africa, 2014


The Shore Break, is an award-winning film that unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever.

Nonhle Mbuthuma, a young local eco-tour guide, is a staunch supporter of her people and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depend. She wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle. Her cousin Zamille “Madiba” Qunya, a local entrepreneur and self-proclaimed modernizer, is fully supportive of the proposed mining operations and highway construction. Tired of his community living in poverty, Madiba scurrilously courts private capital and questionable government officials. While the South African President deposes the pro-environment Pondo Royal Family, Nonhle rallies support with little more than dogged determination.

Thank you all for supporting the fundraising event by joining and helping out making it a great night!


photos: Ritchy Pobaschnig, mundomania



The exhibition put together by buildCollective NPO and Carinthia University of Applied Science travelled to Spittal until end of June!

In a talk on PREconstruction and POSTconstruction bC presented their work beyond the actual building!




Further a number of workshops have been organised!

10458496_1039998966014171_7339797193614265287_nphotos: Uli Nieddu