I just stumbled across this terrific short documentary by and about Zanele Muholi, the well known South African photographer and activist. I've been a fan for several years. Her commitment to both art and social justice -- her ability to see and to embody the connection between the two -- is what gives her images their power.
Human Right Watch released the film, yesterday, to mark the beginning of the campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Here's a little more about the film from Human Rights Watch:
Muholi, who describes herself as a “visual activist,” has spent years documenting the lives of black lesbians and transgender people in South Africa. “We live in fear,” Muholi said. “And what are we doing about it? You have to document. You are forced to document.” The film was made as a collaboration between Muholi and filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall -- the directors of the award-winning documentary “Call Me Kuchu,” which tells the story of the last year in the life of Ugandan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) activist David Kato.
The video is dedicated to the memory of Duduzile Zozo, who was brutally raped and murdered in Thokoza, Gauteng Province in South Africa on June 30, 2013.