Documentary filmmaker under fire for ignoring women's voices in new ANC movie

The Giant is Falling, a film produced by Rehad Desai, has sparked a conversation about the exclusion of black women's voices from socio-political discourse in the country.

Activist Simamkele Dlakavu raised the lack of women's voices in the film calling it "subjective".

The film documents South Africa's changing political landscape in recent years, marking dwindling support for the African National Congress.

The only woman who was interviewed was Fiona Forde, while the list of men included Jackson Mthembu, Dali Mpofu, Julius Malema, Kgalema Motlanthe, Ronnie Kasrils, Ben Turok, Moeletsi Mbeki, Songezo Sibi, Vuyani Pambo and Zwelinzima Vavi.

However, Desai has countered the argument, claiming to have not had ample opportunity to approach more women.

There are a couple of people who refused to communicate with me. Judith February agreed to do the interview with me. Ranjeni Munusamy is one other person I pestered.

Rehad Desai, producer of documentary

Desai later conceded Dlakavu's concerns, saying the following:

"There should have been more consideration for more female representation in the voices. I should've tried harder and I'm sure I could've gotten the people."

Dlakavu highlighted the danger of Desai using his platform to tell a South African story through a subjective angle that silences and erases black women's voices.

It comes with a responsibility. You are narrating a nation's politics... If international audiences watched this not knowing the politics of this country, they would think that black women in this country have not engaged in political dissent.

Simamkele Dlakavu, equality activist

Listen to the full interview below:

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