A screening of Dear Mandela had Rhodes University students and Grahamstown residents alike packed into the venue to watch it on Wednesday evening, as part of a nationwide showing of the film. The documentary tells the story of the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement, (ABM) which was started by residents of informal settlements in response to the government’s failure to … Continue reading Dear Mandela film sparks social movement
“Why did you cut it?” Why not? “Are you sick?” Are you going through a crisis at university?” No. Just did it. For me. Three women. Three very different women. But with something distinctive in common. They all had their heads shaved. They all charted the previously unknown territory of feeling a breeze on their … Continue reading The bald woman: not just a fashion statement
The rain’s watery polaroids are beginning to fade as the sun starts to emerge and kisses me shyly on the cheek.
Atop a table, with notepad and ugg-clad feet, I did the journalism.
“We let the audience be themselves,” said Rebecca, “and I had to resist getting tricks out of them”. Rebecca also hoped for the audience to experience the show instinctively through “sitting in stunned silence or laughing with discomfort or genuine hilarity”.