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A Powerful New Documentary Investigates The Myth Of The Rainbow Nation

Watch the trailer for 'The People Versus The Rainbow Nation,' a new film by Lebogang Rasethaba and produced by Allison Swank.

Photo by Imraan Christian. South Africa's #NationalShutDown on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, in Cape Town (Courtesy of the photographer)


“Is South Africa's rainbow nation a myth? What is race in 2016?”

These are the questions explored in a powerful new documentary film from South Africa. The People versus the Rainbow Nation investigates what drove the country’s students towards mass action in 2015, between the successful #RhodesMustFall campaign to the nationwide #FeesMustFall protests. Filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba (Future Sound of Mzansi) and former Okayafrica team member and producer Allison Swank follow the lives of students across four South African universities as they explore the notion that more than two decades since South Africa’s first democratic elections, the struggle is far from over.

The first trailer for the film arrived this week.

“I think it’s about to get really intense in South Africa,” says one student. “I don’t believe in the Rainbow Nation. The Rainbow Nation is a fallacy,” says another.

As tensions continue to rise at South Africa’s universities, the timing couldn’t be more crucial for a documentary that captures the heart of the post-Apartheid student generation.

The People versus the Rainbow Nation airs April 21 on MTV ZA.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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