DURBAN – Local documentary filmmakers, Shanelle Jewnarain and Tiny Mungwe pitched their film at the Encounters Film Festival’s Al Jazeera Pitch in Johannesburg on Saturday, June, 11, 2016.
The documentary project, ‘Womxn:Working,’ is two years in the making and being developed by Durban production company, Ndiza Media Co-Op. Project producer, Tiny Mungwe said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to pitch this project at such a venerable platform and to key decision makers from Al Jazeera.”
Gaining development funding from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission, filmmakers have conducted extensive research and identified key characters in the film. KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s CEO, Carol Coetzee, described the significance of the sharing of women’s stories by women, saying, “This is certainly a positive step towards demonstrating the remarkable female talents we have in the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.” Coetzee added that the film was an indication of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s “world class” content.
“We started working on this documentary project when a community meeting was held in our neighbourhood of Glenwood, in what was meant to be a platform for engagement between sex workers and the community. What we saw was an explosive encounter whose vitriol carried itself on the social networking groups of the community,” said film director, Jewnarain.
For more information on the project Womxn:Working, contact the team on email@example.com.