‘The People vs Patriarchy’ premiered on MTV yesterday. The documentary made by the director of ‘The People vs The Raibow Nation’, Lebogang Rasethaba, takes a critical look at the ways the system of patriarchy impacts the daily lives of South Africans on an intimate level.
In ‘The People vs Patriarchy’, Lebogang interviews the likes of musician and Inxeba lead actor Nakhane Toure; transgender activist Glow Makatsi; 2017 Aspen New Voices Fellow Koketso Moeti; poet, activist and feminist Lebohang Masango; transmodel and artist Elle van der Burg; performance artist Desire Marea; and YouTube sensation Sibu Mpanza, among others. “There is no version of this where we come out as the good guys,“ says Lee Molefi at the end of the trailer.
According to Lebo: “It’s been a complex film to make. On one hand, men need to get together and have conversations about dismantling patriarchy. But then on the other hand, there is the danger of centring yourself as a man in a way that undermines women. So it’s a lose-lose situation. It’s one of those rare films where there isn’t any personal glory or victory attached to the director; it’s about introducing a generation of minds to concepts that will free them from the binds we were raised with. It’s about starting a conversation.”