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Exposing Rape Culture On South African Campuses

Recent documentary Line by Line enables South African survivors to expose and confront rape culture in academic spaces.

The experimental film is directed by Rachel Sherwen, and it traces the UCT Survivors movement which started in 2016. Here we talk to the director and find out why you should watch the movie.
Fighting against the silence encouraged by rape culture, survivors and activists deconstruct institutionalised patriarchal practices and obliterate widespread rape myths. Their mission is to pursue both education and justice in the face of institutional failure to respond effectively and appropriately to reports of sexual violence.”

Why did you make this film? 

I made this film because I wanted to use the resources I had available to me as a UCT film student to make something worthwhile. I discovered what this was when I realised that the UCT Survivors and #PatriarchyMustFall protests weren’t being documented, at least not to the same extent as previous movements which were more focused on race and class (#RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall). 
It made me more aware of how patriarchy was affecting the lives of survivors and their ability to be heard. In a sense, deciding to make this documentary was the ‘don’t complain about others not doing something when you aren’t doing anything either’ kind of mentality.

What is the role of art / film / pop culture in dismantling rape culture? 

Have you ever been so moved or wound up by statistics to the point where you felt empowered, angered or inspired enough to do something, to take action? Unfortunately, as shocking as some statistics may be (you can find countless disturbing rape statistics online), presenting people with data often leaves them feeling discouraged, overwhelmed and disconnected – this is where art comes in and why it’s so important.
Art has the ability not only to educate and make things understood, but felt – these feelings are what spur action. If rape culture is to be dismantled, people need to be engaged with the issue – what better way than through art?

Where and when can people watch the movie? 

The first public (and free) screening will be at UCT on the 19th of October. It will then be broadcast on Cape Town TV on the 21st and 23rd of October at 21:30pm. Those in Johannesburg can catch the film between the 27th and 29th of October by attending the Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival – in this way you’ll be able to view Line by Line alongside other locally-produced films.
With the recent rape and assault of two students on the NMU campus, and the launch of Khwezi and the reality of South Africa’s pervasive rape culture, staying informed and engaged is critical at the moment. Deliberate engagement and action is the first step to creating safer environments and better support structures when it comes to sexual violence. The screening will also offer practical ideas around addressing rape culture and supporting survivors.

You Need To Watch This Film Exposing Rape Culture On South African Campuses  Marie Claire 18 October, 2017

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