The peak of the #FeesMustFall protests around South Africa might have passed by, but there is still activity in the struggle to change funding models for students with disadvantaged backgrounds to have increased opportunities and access to tertiary education.
Lwanda Mahanjana, a 24 year old young man from Black Matter Media, captured the events in this equally chilling and inspiring short film. Mbewu Movement interviewed Lwanda to find out more about the man behind the lens:
MM: Tell us about your #FeesMustFall experience.
LM: I went out to the union buildings not knowing what story would unfold before me and what events i would capture through the lens of my camera but what I knew was that on that day a small part of our countries history would be made, however significant it was.
As a creative, especially in the audio visual world i know i have the power to influence so many peoples perceptions on so many different topics and issues. So when emotions are so high and the topic at hand affects so many people there’s a very thin line that i walk to keep my work truthful not just to me but to the issue at hand.
MM: What was your intention in shooting the video, what message did you want to put across?