As part of Women’s Day this year, the Mzansi Women’s Film Festival launched at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. The first of its kind in South Africa, the festival provides a platform for female film makers who often find themselves being blocked by discrimination in a male dominated industry. As part of the festival, a number of documentaries were showcased at the Women’s jail in Braamfontein, and it’s hoped that the festival will embark on a national tour over the coming months.
Films featured included Silent Cry, a documentary that looks at the plight of widows in black South African culture and the practice of Inzilo, and Bambekile, a short horror film in Zulu and siSwati (English subtitles), about a family’s home which is haunted after the death of their young daughter.
Please contact the festival organiser, Ntokozo Mahlalela, on 072 635 0622 for more information.