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Shanelle Jewnarain
2022 South Africa 52 min

Womxn : Working is a portrait of Nosipho Vidima, a sex work activist and feminist from South Africa as well as her comrades who are engaged in a struggle to decriminalize sex work in their country. Facing discrimination and marginalization due to their chosen profession, these women are taking the fight to change the law to the streets and protesting in the halls of legislation where they lobby. Currently many sex workers are victims of violence, police brutality and rejection by their communities. The decriminalization of their trade will mean an improved status and better access.

Shanelle Jewnarain

Shanelle Jewnarain studied video production at the Durban University of Technology and participated in numerous training initiatives including the Sediba Spark Screenwriting workshop and Produire au Sud scriptwriting workshop at Talent Campus Durban 2012. She took first and second place in the Durban Short Film Challenge at the Durban International Film Festival, and won first place in the 2016 48 Hour competition. She has freelanced for Vixxen Magazine, iKind Media, PunkSoul Media and Panga Productions as a scriptwriter and script editor. She has done work KZN Growth Fund, eThekwini Living Legends awards and East Coast Media. In addition, Jewnarain has crewed on a short film and feature film as script editor, script supervisor and in the art department. She is a script writer on the popular television show, Imbewu.

Stage :
Post production
Completion :
April 2022
Screening version length :
52 min
Expected final length :
52 min
Production :
CTRL ALT Shift (Tiny Mungwe, Mitchell Harper)
Production contact :
Funds :
KwaZulu Natal Film Commission

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