Standing On Their Shoulders

African Feature

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Little Brown Girl
This hybrid documentary explores the ways women of colour navigate the available modes of representation offered by the media and world around them. Using mixed media and candid interviews, Little Brown Girl highlights the need for meaningful representation and a new Afrocentric brown positivity that expands on and compliments the global movement we are experiencing today.

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On 9 August 1956, 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the dompas led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Motlalepula Chabaku, Bertha Gxowa and Albertina Sisulu.

Sithole’s film is a ribbon that connects female activists over time in a breath-taking composite of female resistance. It challenges the erasure of these powerful women who paved the way to liberation and who, post liberation, were sadly relegated to the old roles of wives, mothers, and daughters of struggle heroes. The story of the ANC and our liberation was, ultimately, to be determined by men. Thoughtful interviews with feminist activists, scholars, and political leaders shine a torch on the work at hand for a new generation of women who are mobilising to fight race, class and gender oppression in a renewed age of patriarchal and capitalist violence. A more fitting farewell to Winnie Madikizela Mandela would be difficult to find.

Cape Town
Labia 1
Sat 2 June / 5.45pm + Q&A TBC
V&A 6
Mon 4 June / 8.30pm + Q&A TBC
Labia 1
Fri 8 June / 8pm + Q&A TBC
Sat 9 June / 6pm + Q&A TBC
Fri 1 June / 6.45pm + Q&A TBC
Xoliswa Sithole
South Africa
68 minutes


Xoliswa Sithole Director

2 time BAFTA and Peabody winner (amongst other awards) Xoliswa is a producer / directorShe was Producer on ‘Orphans of Inkandla’- she won a BAFTA. She was S.A producer on the ‘Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy’. Producer ‘South Africa’s Lost Girls’, for BBC Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children’ shot entirely undercover – Xoliswa made ‘Child of the Revolution’ exploring what happened to the revolution in Zimbabwe.

Some of these documentaries have become impact films. Orphans of Inkandla was used to raise money for make poverty history started by Richard Curtis. Elton John used a clip of the film to raise money for his foundation 2 years in a row raising 7million pounds.