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Celebrating Youth Day & International Pride Month with Olwethi Jezile

Siyanda Kubeka

Youth Day to me means remembering the resilience, my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother had and still have. It is a reminder and affirmation to continue the resilience and fight for a better South Africa. “Aluta continua”!

Celebrating Youth Day & International Pride Month with @__olwethu.jezile__
The ambitious & Innovative Cinematographer & Filmmaker prides herself in her filmmaking craft & queerness on & off set! Youth Day to me means remembering the resilience, my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother had and still have. It is a reminder and affirmation to continue the resilience and fight for a better South Africa. “Aluta continua”!

The rights of our lgbtqia+ community are not necessarily being met as much as we’d like, I have attended funerals of friends in the past two years, brutally murdered for just existing. South Africa has the best constitution for the lgbtqia community, but we are still being brutally murdered in the name of “Religion”. Our society seems to resist this reality, so I see it fitting to be empowered through Pride month as a reminder to continue to resist the so-called “norm”, even if that resistance means to just exist. “MY NAME IS OLWETHU JEZILE & I SIMPLY RESIST BY BEING WHO I AM”. I identify as “Umtu ndi ngumntu,” I’m a human being. Dr. Bev Palesa who produced a beautiful film called “Simon and I” and the impactful documentary “Lesbians Free Everyone”, inspire me to continue to exist & resist.

SWIFT programs have been part and parcel of the growth of my skills as a young African Filmmaker. Recently being the head coordinator in Cape Town for the African Folktales screenings during this year’s Africa Day celebration hosted by SWIFT was also a lovely experience. Being a part of SWIFT has benefited me in such a way that it has shaped who I am, and still becoming the Filmmaker I envision myself to be.