(Xhosa with English subtitles)
Inkosi Mzwamandla was told as a boy that he had royal blood, but he grew up like other boys in his village, tending animals and helping with farming. He became close to the Inkosi and was asked to take on the role following the Inkosi’s death. Mzwamandla then became aware of the hardships faced by orphaned children and is currently working to make it easier for them to obtain government benefits. He speaks out against political in fighting among Traditional Leaders and in support of care for local communities.
Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.
Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.
Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.
Click here to download a facilitator’s guide, discussion guides and other Digital Stories resources to assist in the use of these tools in your community.