Despite countless stories of the opposite, the mainstream media continues to perpetuate one narrative about Africa. A continent full of diverse cultures, tech innovators, world-class universities, bustling metropolises, and picturesque locales is far too often reduced to poverty, war, and disease. Thankfully, Africans across the continent aren’t waiting around for Western media to get it right.
Enter Nisa Ahmad and her new documentary Generation Soweto. The film follows four South African millennials in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, and takes a look at how much the country has changed in the 20 years since the end of apartheid.
Generation Soweto “is not a retrospective” on the country, but instead takes a look at the job market, rising cost of living, gentrification, entrepreneurship, innovation and the challenges (and triumphs) of young South Africans today.
Currently, Ahmad and her team are attempting to raise $80,000 to finish production on Generation Soweto, but she’s committed to make this film no matter what. So far she’s funded the project via her personal savings and credit cards because she the story needs to be told.
“I have put myself out on a limb for a project that I believe in,” she explained. “I hope that you will be inspired to donate and share with me this passion and inspiration these stories have brought me.”
Watch the trailer for Generation Soweto below and head over to Indiegogo to learn more and donate to its fundraiser.