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Whispering Truth To Power

South Africa, Netherlands | 2018 | 88 min | English, Sotho, Zulu | Shameela Seedat

Filmmaker and human rights lawyer Shameela Seedat tracks Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector, as she builds her second case against the country’s President, Jacob Zuma.

Against allegations of spying, humiliation in parliament and death threats, Madonsela has already forced Zuma to return public money unlawfully spent on the construction of his private home. Now, in her final year in office, she attempts to prove that the President is allowing business partners of his son, Duduzane, to systematically take over government in order to secure massive financial gain.

How does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the moral crime of ongoing inequality in South Africa?

A portrait of a remarkable woman in public office, and the cost of keeping justice alive in an increasingly conflicted country.

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