Award winning film maker Mmabatho Montsho has criticized President Cyril Ramaphosa. She accused the African National Congress leader of not supporting women in the entertainment industry.
This comes after the President congratulated her on winning the Best Short Film Award at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival for her film, The Award Ceremony.
She responded by posting an open letter to the President on Twitter. “Black filmmakers, black women filmmakers in particular, should not have to negotiate their souls in order to have access to tell our strories and still have ends meet,” she wrote.
The director claimed that M-Net exploits creatives of their ideas and intellectual property. She said that there are differences between budgets for “black content” and “white content”.
“Women in the industry still have no recourse regarding sexual harassment and exclusion. There is nowhere to report sexual harassment, intimidation and exclusion based on gender.
Dear Mr President,@CyrilRamaphosa— Mmabatho Montsho (@MmabathoMontsho) February 18, 2020
Upon seeing your tweet congratulating our film, “The Award Ceremony” for its international win for Best Short Film at The Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, I spoke with some of my colleagues so that the response is collective. #ForTheArts https://t.co/7iCeOB0ANs pic.twitter.com/Ydj64mp3iU