Thuli Madonsela, Vivienne Westwood, M.I.A et al – a captivating line-up for Encounters

18 May 2018


African Encounters

Now in its 20th year, The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival celebrates the power of womanhood, reflected by the fact that over half of the 40 films selected have female directors and many focus on women who have made an indelible mark on history, from Thuli Madonsela to Vivienne Westwood.

The opening night film, coming just weeks after it won the Special Jury International Documentary Prize at Hot Docs, Toronto’s holy grail of documentary film festivals, is Whispering Truth To Power, human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat’s powerful breakthrough as a filmmaker. This vital film tracks Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector, as she builds her second case against erstwhile President Jacob Zuma. Through the story of Madonsela, her office and children, the film carefully navigates the major forces at play in South Africa today, charting various contested lines in the dual battle against corruption and inequality. “Post-apartheid South Africa has thrown out a messy and complex reality that we, here at home, are keen to confront,” director Seedat says. “I am keen to bring another type of African character to the international documentary audience. A strong, super-lawyer-woman in a position of power.” Read the full article on FimContact here.