Lost in the World’ Film Sheds Light on Corrective Rape in South Africa


Johannesburg-based filmmaker Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi’s Lost in the World shines a necessary light on the issue of corrective rape in South Africa through the story of a Johannesburg police officer seeking vengeance following the brutal rape and murder of her longtime girlfriend. The cop, played by actress and stylist/designer Honey Makwakwa, loses her mind and soul in the process.

A Blackweather and Hand Drawn House production, the film made its online debut earlier this month as part of the New Queer Visions Film Festival’s shorts compilation, Lust in Translation. More recently, it had its Johannesburg premiere last Thursday at the National Film & Video Foundation.

Okayafrica’s South Africa Editor, Alyssa Klein, moderated a Q&A after the screening with Lost in the World‘s writer/director/producer Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi, star Honey Makwakwa and producer Brendan C. Campbell.

What follows is an edited version of the conversation. Head here  to read the full transcript of the Q&A.
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