This Youth Day, we can’t take to the streets to highlight our causes. So instead we urge you to pause and watch your rise with IOL’s Youth Day Film Festival.
This Youth Day, we can’t take to the streets to highlight our causes. So instead we urge you to pause and watch your rise with IOL’s Youth Day Film Festival.

IOL’s Youth Day Film Festival: Pause and watch your rise

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Jun 12, 2020

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South Africa has a long history of young people standing up against injustice and fighting for a cause.

On Youth Day, we commemorate the youth-led June 16, 1976 uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide, forever changing the socio-political landscape in our country. 

Education, poverty, violence, racism, LGBTQIA+ and climate change, the struggle continues for the youth of SA. 

This Youth Day, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, we can’t take to the streets to highlight our causes. 

So instead we urge you to pause and watch your rise as IOL’s Youth Day Mini Film Festival showcases a selection of films focused on youth issues and activism.

Our line-up includes:

* UPRIZE by Sifiso Khanyile, about June 16, 1976, what came before and the impact of that day

* Rehad Desai's look at the #FeesMustFall movement entitled Everything Must Fall

* Professor Siona O’Connell’s documentary The Wynberg 7: An Intolerable Amnesia

* Weaam Williams’ award-winning film Hip Hop Revolution

* Thulile, a short feature film by Megan Van der Merwe and Andre Cronje

* Nadine Cloete’s powerful and heartbreaking short film Miseducation

* Artist and activist Haroon Gunn-Salie's Zonnebloem renamed

* Sand “Santa Ya Rena”, the story of Keletso, a young geologist investigating the devastating effects of sand mining

Watch along with us this Youth Day and reflect on where we have come from and the battles ahead.  

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