For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lived in the shadow of her husband, Nelson. But now, nearly four years after his death, Winnie’s own story – as the controversial, uncompromising activist who has been largely adored at home yet reviled abroad – is finally being treated as documentary-worthy in its own right.

Winnie, by British filmmaker Pascale Lamche, focuses on the grassroots campaigner in her political heyday. Featuring testimony from Nelson and Winnie’s daughter Zindzi as well as Winnie herself, now 81, it is one of a number of films emerging in African cinema that seeks to redress a long-held status quo – whether that’s about gender, race or politics.

For Lamche, who has made a number of films in and about South Africa, the prevailing narrative about the “rainbow nation” has long required that Nelson be the saint, and Winnie, the sinner.

Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, African Civil Rights, Apartheid, African Apartheid, African History, Black History, Documentary, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNGovernment of South Africa Flickr | Photo Credit

Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, African Civil Rights, Apartheid, African Apartheid, African History, Black History, Documentary, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNGovernment of South Africa Flickr | Photo Credit


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.

With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today. (Website).


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