Commissioned by Africa’s leading youth brand MTV and directed by acclaimed South African documentary maker Lebogang Rasethaba, and producer Jasmyn Asvat, The People vs Patriarchy goes behind the headlines and the news footage to investigate what patriarchy is and how it has struck a chord in the hearts of our society.

The documentary premieres on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Wednesday, 29 November, at 21:15 CAT during the global initiative, 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

The documentary follows on from last year’s hugely successful and thought-provoking ‘The People vs The Rainbow Nation’, which examined why South African youth continue to believe the struggle is far from over, more than 20 years after South Africa’s first democratic elections.

Through frank and confrontational dialogue with diverse South Africans from different walks of life, The People vs Patriarchy features musician and Inxeba lead actor Nakhane Toure, transgender activist Glow Makatsi and 2017 Aspen New Voices Fellow Koketso Moeti among several others who examine South Africans response to an epidemic of violence against women.

The one-hour film was shot in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town and contextulises how most South Africas are affected by this scourge that is destroying lives of ordinary people and communities.

Talking about his goals in making the documentary, Rasethaba says: “We have a personal responsibility to accurately unpack and portray the realities of a range of people existing within a patriarchal society. Beyond the storytelling is a greater need to distill an intimate experience. If we had just made a typical film it would have trivialised the issue. We have created a piece of work that bolsters the conversation in a constructive way and offers the important need to begin a personal healing process of dismantling patriarchy within.”

Commented Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa,“At VIMN Africa, we are passionate about bringing authentic and relevant content to our viewers. MTV’s ‘The People vs Patriarchy’ enables important conversations and engagement on a critical social issue. We have chosen to air the documentary during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from November 25 to December 10 as a global call for the prevention and elimination of violence against children, women and men.”

The documentary raises complex questions around the issue including whether boys will be boys; are women in part responsible for raising violent men and are all men culpable? Well known commentators and media personalities also weigh in with their opinions including poet, activist and feminist Lebohang Masango; transmodel and artist Elle van der Burg; editor of GoTrendSA and media personality Kevin McLennan; performance artist Desire Marea who uses art to elevate black queer reality in society and YouTube sensation Sibu Mpanza.

Producer Jasmyn Asvat concludes with this important message, “How we percieve our social and personal relationships across gender is important. All other questions to the type of society we create is underscored by our gender relations. This documentary aims to help us get to a place where we face some of the toughest questions around gender violence and how we appropriately respond to this epidemic.”

VIMN Africa’s MTV and BET has partnered with TEARS Foundation, who provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

The People vs Patriarchy premieres on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Wednesday 29 November @ 21:15 CAT It is a documentary directed by Lebogang Rasethaba on behalf of MTV.

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