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Women journalists in South Africa who expose wrongdoing by those in power are often forced to endure deeply personal, frightening attacks on social media, as the four leading reporters interviewed for this documentary disclose. Investigative reporters for publications that include The Daily Maverick and Die Beeld discuss the impact on them of targeted social media negativity, including direct threats to their safety. As one explains, when influential politicians with millions of followers, such as Julius Malema, malign them on social media and call for action, the danger they face is very real. But Ferial Haffajee, Marianne Thamm, Pauli van Wyk, Caryn Dolley, and others like them continue to write about corruption, crime in high places, and state collusion. What motivates them to keep going is relevant to us all.

Directors

Emilie Madeleine Gambade, Malibongwe Tyilo

Producer

Emilie Madeleine Gambade

Cinematographer

Malibongwe Tyilo

Cast

Ferial Haffajee, Caryn Dolley, Marianne Thamm, Pauli van Wyk

Awards

Official selection – 24th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

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