Rachel and Siya Kolisi have just announced that they will be bringing a film about ending Gender-Based Violence to the silver screen.
Siya and Rachel Kolisi have just added another impressive title to their respective CVs. The power couple can now add “executive producers” to their list of already impressive skills and attributes – this comes after Rachel confirmed that their new project was set to come to life in the coming months. We can’t wait to see how this one will play out!
Rachel confirms Kolisi film is on the way
Between the two of them, Siya and Rachel have some of the coolest resumes in South Africa. Along with “World Cup Winning Rugby Captain”, “Award-winning Influencer” and even “Award-winning style icons” the lovers can soon call themselves “filmmakers” after putting their brands to good use.
This week, we found out a bit more about their latest project after Rachel announced that the Kolisi Foundation would be the executive producers of a new feature film.
The film is titled We are Dying Here and is a story that tackles Gender-based violence in South Africa
Rachel Kolisi shared the great news when wrote on Instagram, “So VERY excited to announce that in association with the @kolisi_foundation @siya_kolisi_the_bear & I are executive producers of our very first film! We couldn’t be more proud to have partnered for a short film that is massively impactful and needed now more then ever!
“One of the most beautiful results of this film is that it causes people to stop, think and more so encourages men and women to have conversations. Like the title, it gets straight to the point” explained Rachel.
“There are many things that need to be unpacked in this film, and there is a lot that can be explained” Siya added.
“The narrative of the film also teaches you that Gender-Based Violence doesn’t start with the violence, but the whole thought process; the film encompasses a lot of educational learnings for us as men.”
The Film is a South African short film based on the stage production #WeAreDyingHere. A poetic indictment of the prevalence of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa. We can’t wait for all of you to see it!
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Will the Kolisis be starring in the film?
While this might be a bit of a silly question, at least one of the Kolisis has got some experience in front of the camera! Siya put his acting skills to the test when he starred in an ad for DSTV and Netflix where he takes on the persona of an action movie character.
Many people were immediately impressed by his cameo:
— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) November 19, 2020
What is the plot of the film?
Produced by Bianca Schmitz of Optical Films and Siphokazi Jonas of Wrestling Dawn Arts, in association with the Kolisi Foundation, #WeAreDyingHere chronicles the journey of three soldiers forced to survive a war that they did not choose.
In this war against women’s bodies, they attempt to find solace by telling their stories under the constant watch of a relentless enemy.
#WeAreDyingHere is an intimate reflection on the impact of violence, harassment, abuse, rape and femicide on everyday life. While the film never depicts any violence, the psychological and emotional trauma on these soldiers is evident. It is a necessary insight into the experience of living in South Africa where names of missing or murdered women trend frequently.
#WeAreDyingHere will have its global premiere at The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in February 2021. PAFF is the largest Black History Month event in the US, a nexus for emerging Black voices looking to be seen, felt and heard.