A film called Troopship Tragedy was premiered a couple of weeks ago, telling the story of the SS Mendi.
The SS Mendi was a British steamship, originally a passenger vessel but later used as a troopship to carry soldiers to the front in World War One.
Listen to the full conversation below:
In February 1917 the Mendi was struck by a larger cargo ship while sailing. The ship sank, killing 646 people; most of those victims were black South African soldiers.
Years later, Sabido Productions commissioned Marion Edmunds to create a story around the sinking of the SS Mendi.
I didn’t know about the story before the commission handed it to me. It was enormous challenge to tell it.— Marion Edmunds
She worked with Zwai Mgijima, a young playwright from the Eastern Cape to bring the story to life.