Micro-streaming site set to spotlight local content

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A still from Ivangeli, one of the twelve films that can now be streamed on Mbali Mashaba's micro-streaming platform, Behind Her Lens Visuals.
A still from Ivangeli, one of the twelve films that can now be streamed on Mbali Mashaba's micro-streaming platform, Behind Her Lens Visuals.
  • Filmmaker and digital content curator Mbali Mashaba launched a streaming site.
  • The platform seeks to spotlight emerging filmmakers away from platforms that are already saturated.
  • The platform is currently housing 12 films that are free to watch for all audiences. 

On 10 August 2020, Mbali Mashaba launched a streaming site called Behind Her Lens Visuals. The two day-old platform aims to spotlight documentaries, music videos, webseries and films made by storytellers across the diaspora. 

Although the filmmakers could have freely made their content available on YouTube or Vimeo, Mashaba’s curation is aimed at giving emerging filmmakers a spotlight away from a platform that’s too saturated with content to give the films attention. 

Our business model is to provide accessible stories to audiences on the continent and beyond, in order to bridge the gap between industry professionals, young storytellers, first time storytellers and audiences. We also intend on introducing audiences to new and creative stories that reflect the past, present and future of storytelling.
Mbali Mashaba

The Behind Her Lens Visuals platform is divided into two categories. Storytelling houses the video content while the Pop Corner posts reviews and articles related to the video making discipline. 

The platform is currently housing the following local films: 

A Muse: Directed by Rudyard CT under lockdown, the short film examines the concept of drawing inspiration from a person . 

Conversations About Home: The documentary chronicles the lives of two migrant women who work as housekeepers. Directed by Anastasia Nkhuna, the film explores the women’s idea of home and the negotiation of wanting to go back to a home that they cannot afford to go back to. 

Culpability: Centred around inspecting post traumatic stress disorder, Nqobile Ndebele’s film tells the story of a woman who struggles to come to terms with an accident that she caused. 

Fowl Play: Written and directed by Mbali Mashaba, Fowl play is a short film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Lamb to The Slaughter. 

God Body: Director Dimpho Mashile explores the Black femme body and psyche, questioning patriarchal norms, the role of sex and the influence of the church on the above. 

Malephepha Molefe: Ntate Phakela’s film is an ode to the Malephephes: women who centre their lives around living an unapologetically comfortable, plush, luxurious life. 

Sin: To speak to the rife gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa, this film tracks a woman’s decision to stand up to her abusive father. 

Revolutionary Act: Highlighting the relationship between indigenous knowledge systems and queer politics in South Africa, this documentary was created in response to South Africa’s outcry against the film Inxeba (The Wound).This film is the result of a collaboration between Tsogo Kupa, Mbali Mashaba, Alex Sono and Mmabatho Bapela.

Ubuhle: Directed by Mbali Mashaba and Pretty Mangena, this documentary uses South Africa as a microcosm to talk through the politics of beauty while trying to redress the concept of beauty standards. 

Violence of Memory: Created by Lesole Tautswale, the film is focused on the families who were left behind by people pursuing a self-imposed exile. 

Ivangeli (The Gospel): Also directed by Mbali Mashaba this film documents the relationship between feminism and churches founded on indigenous principles of fellowship. 

Lebollo: Through this experimental documentary, Palesa Mashao delves into the subject of female genital mutilation. It follows a woman who speaks about how the experience impacted her childhood.

Visit the streaming site here

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