The 10th annual Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, hosted by PACSA in collaboration with the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives, The Witness, the Gay and Lesbian Network, the KZN Language Institute, and Groundwork, took place on Saturday, 28 September 2019.
The festival is a platform for activists and community members to imagine new ways of activism and to strengthen local struggles. It was held at the Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg, under the theme “Unleashing the Power Within”.
The festival is a celebration of our differences in the context of our joint humanity. The AFRA documentary Qina Mbokodo – Be Strong, Like a Rock was screened at the festival amongst other films.
The screening was followed by a discussion session, led by Qina Mbokodo women (a women structure that gives voice to issues women farm dwellers are confronted with) which delve deeper into how gendered super exploitation is secured and maintained on farms.
This year’s programme included drama, poetry, comedy and authentic cultural food, cultural artefacts, and book reviews.