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Whispering Truth to Power

About the film

This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating – in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges – the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President.

But how does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the larger moral crime of continued inequality?


Shameela Sedat


Shameela Sedat


Thuli Madonsela


Film Critics

“… a timely portrait of a …. public servant who uses her office for good at a pivotal moment in South African politics.” Jury, Hot Docs – Toronto

“In the relationship between the Madonsela women we see an intergenerational conflict that is steeped in love and doused in bitterness …. perhaps a perfect metaphor for the state of South Africa.” Sisonke Msimang – “… documentary filmmaking at its most relevant and powerful.” IOL

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