Debates about representing South African history were renewed earlier this week after rumors swirled that 'Bootylicious' pop star Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was pegged to play Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman in a new biographical film.
Though the speculation was squashed by the singer's representatives, the controversy has begged the question: Whose story is it to tell?
Local filmmaker and videographer Deidre Jantjies says that heritage of Saartjie Baartman (if ever made into a movie) should be portrayed by an African woman who understands and would do justice to her life story.
Listen to the full conversation:
Who understands Saartjie better than we do, than our experiences that we are still living?— Deidre Jantjies, filmmaker and videographer
I am of Khoisan ancestry. It is so much better for me, with a spiritual connection to Saartjie, to tell her story and give her voice back to her.— Deidre Jantjies, filmmaker and videographer
WATCH: Deidre Jantjies on her deep-rooted connection with Sarah Baartman
This article first appeared on 702 : Young SA filmmaker offers herself for Sarah Baartman role in debated biopic