'Dear Mandela' film-maker launches new short film collection



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Chilling – a word local filmmaker Dara Kell uses to describe the moment she watched a woman put on overalls to work in a platinum mine‚ just as her husband had done before he was killed‚ protesting for a minimum wage.

The widows of Marikana is one of the subjects of four short films Kell premièred in Johannesburg on Monday night‚ in partnership with the Socio-economic Rights Institute (Seri).

The four films depict the experiences of Seri staff and its clients‚ in their struggle to access justice and realise the rights enshrined in the Constitution. Read more.


Fighting for a Living: Short films show communities taking on the odds



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Fighting for a Living is a series of short films commissioned by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute that tells the stories of communities faced with police violence, inadequate housing and the daily struggle to make a living. It highlights the agency and struggles of ordinary people who turn to the law for help.

Recent days have seen human rights lawyers singled out for criticism. The Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, says that “so-called” human rights lawyers are getting in the way of his plans to remove poor people from their homes in the inner city. Adam Habib questions the political judgement of “progressive lawyers” who have represented the students illegally assaulted, detained and harassed by the police and private security on and near the Wits University campus. Read more.