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The peak of the #FeesMustFall protests around South Africa might have passed by, but there is still activity in the struggle to change funding models for students with disadvantaged backgrounds to have increased opportunities and access to tertiary education.

Lwanda Mahanjana, a 24 year old young man from Black Matter Media, captured the events in this equally chilling and inspiring short film. Mbewu Movement interviewed Lwanda to find out more about the man behind the lens:

MM: Tell us about your #FeesMustFall experience.

LM: I went out to the union buildings not knowing what story would unfold before me and what events i would capture through the lens of my camera but what I knew was that on that day a small part of our countries history would be made, however significant it was.

As a creative, especially in the audio visual world i know i have the power to influence so many peoples perceptions on so many different topics and issues. So when emotions are so high and the topic at hand affects so many people there’s a very thin line that i walk to keep my work truthful not just to me but to the issue at hand.

MM: What was your intention in shooting the video, what message did you want to put across?

LM: I’ve been accused of being paid to create propaganda for the feesmustfall campaign but what you see in the short film was what took place that day through my camera lens, nothing sensationalized. Some will argue that the music heightened the emotion of the images but when I film anything I instantaneously attach a piece of music to the feeling I’m getting right there and then, this helps me keep the feeling authentic.
This short documentary film really wasn’t made with the intention to discredit anyone or organisation but was made to serve as a warning and a reminder that things are not as rosy as some would have us think. It was made to illustrate and remind society in general the power they have in solidarity.
MM: What does this film mean for you personally?
LM: This short film to me isn’t a documentary film, but a growing feeling, a feeling that most South Africans have at the state of our country and where its heading. A mixed feeling of anxiety,frustration and sadness.
Twitter: @black_matter
Facebook:Black Matter Media
Youtube: Black Matter Media

One comment on “[VIDEO] Watch this moving short film on #FEESMUSTFALL

  1. Sinovuyo Hyacinth Bophelo Lebona ka Menziwa says:

    Well done Lwanda, this is well put as much as it brings sheim to our country but you have played your part little brother . . . . and keep up showing us the stories of this world and call for change

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