Whispering Truth to Power

SA Premiere Festival Guest African Feature

In 2009 not a single member of parliament voted against Thuli Madonsela when she was nominated for the position of Public Protector. By the end of her seven year term, the political playing field had changed, drastically. We follow Madonsela during her final and tumultuous year in office, beginning with the landmark Constitutional Court case on the powers of the Public Protector, to Madonsela once again investigating the then President Jacob Zuma. In one of the most economically divided countries in the world, Madonsela, at great personal cost, overcomes huge barriers to create an institution capable of fighting injustice even at the highest level. Whispering Truth to Power is Seedat’s first full-length feature. It is premiering In Competition at the prestigious Hot Docs Festival held in Toronto.

Cape Town
Fri 1 June / 6pm + Q&A
Labia 1
Mon 4 June / 8.15pm + Q&A
V&A 4
Sat 9 June / 6pm
V&A 6
Sun 10 June / 3pm extra screening
Sat 2 June / 5pm
Fri 8 June / 8.45pm
Shameela Seedat
South Africa/Netherlands
86 minutes


Shameela Seedat Director

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.

WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER is her first feature-length documentary.