A Country For My Daughter
A film about Women, Violence and the Law
A Country For My Daughter is directed by DFA member, Lucilla Blankenberg and Produced by Janine Tilley.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender based violence in the world. This is not the country that Nonkosi Khumalo, a human rights activist, wants her daughter to grow up in. Nonkosi is the chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign and mother of a little girl called Owethu. She is also dedicated to the struggle for equality in South Africa, especially for women.
In A Country For My Daughter Nonkosi travels around the country investigating the stories of brave women whose court cases have transformed the law in South Africa for the better. The cases range from rape within a family to holding the Minister of Safety and Security liable where police have committed violence against women. Through these stories, Nonkosi learns of women’s legal rights and how these laws can be applied to protect women in South Africa.
But, in a country where many sexual assaults go unreported, the struggle must extend beyond the courtroom and into communities. This knowledge leads Nonkosi to Khayelitsha, where activists mobilized a community and brought justice to Nandipha Makeke’s family by prompting the arrest and prosecution of those who had raped and killed her.
A Country For My Daughter highlights the gap between South Africa’s good legislation and the real experiences of women living in the country.
Lucilla Blankenberg has always wanted to tell stories and found documentary film to be her ideal medium. As a member of Idol Pictures she made several films about aspects of South African society. Lucilla is now Deputy-Director of a non-profit organisation specialising in media, outreach and training, called Community Media Trust (CMT). She is also the director of Siyayinqoba Beat It!, the weekly educational TV show which is produced by CMT and broadcast on SABC 1.
Lucilla is committed to the reduction of gender-based violence in South Africa and uses her films as a vehicle to highlight this. A Country For My Daughter is dedicated to all women in South Africa and to their future.
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A Country For My Daughter (54 mins, 2010)
Director – Lucilla Blankenberg
Producer – Janine Tilley
Co-producers – Zackie Achmat and Jack Lewis
DOP – Karen Landsberg
Additional Camera – Lucilla Blankenberg, Christopher Wessels, Craig Leigh Alsop, Themba Baleni, Jack Lewis
Sound Recordists – Linda Kaiser and Felix Grove
Editors – Aeysha Anthony and Lederle Bosch