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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / Whispering Truth to Power


Whispering Truth to Power

DIRECTOR : Shameela Seedat
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 86min

Nu Metro 5, 14 Oct @ 6pm | SK Nouveau 5, 18 Oct @ 12pm


This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating – in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges – the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President. But how does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the larger moral of continued inequality? WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER documents the tense story of Madonsela’s last year in public office while simultaneously crafting an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, as well as providing insight into several critical issues facing South Africa today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.

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Former Fulbright scholar Shameela Seedat is a human rights and governance specialist turned filmmaker. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from Columbia University in New York. Shameela worked for the South African Constitutional Court, the UNDP/UNIFEM in New York and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), and also made submissions or consulted for the South African parliament, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Global Integrity (GI). She has published widely on human rights and democratic accountability and has addressed the Parliament of the DRC, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the International Civil Forum against Corruption in Indonesia and South Africa’s National Anti-Discrimination forum.
In 2010, Shameela turned to filmmaking; working as director, producer, scriptwriter, researcher, editor and sound recordist. She has been commissioned by various civil society institutes and televisions stations to make character-lead, human and political interest documentaries. Her director credits include BECOMING MYSELF (2017), I AM WOMAN: LUCINDA EVANS (2016), three half-hour narrative documentaries for CGTN’s FACES OF AFRICA series KHALO’S LETTER TO MADIBA, LIVING THE CHIMURENGA LIFE and MONWABISI AND THE SHARKSPOTTERS, as well as web-based films for the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the European Union and the Open Society Foundation. Her producer credits include A STORYTELLER IN EGYPT (for Al Jazeera’s ARTSCAPE) and the multi-award winning documentary THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD.