Whispering Truth to Power
Whispering Truth to Power | Shameela Seedat | South Africa | 2018 | 86 min
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 moral crime 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, and providing insight into critical issues facing South Africa today.
Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs International Film Festival, Canada
Best Documentary at Jozi Film Festival
Bronze Stallion at FESPACO (Festival of Pan-African Cinema)
Images of Africa Award at Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival