An Inventory of Feminist Upheaval

We should all be feminists

Act 1, Scene 1

All filming takes place in the Rand Club in the room in which the portrait of elizabeth II hangs, the first woman to be admitted to the club.  

Gugu & Sumayya: Factory/barraccoon/hold/plantation/servant’s staircase/portraits/lift

Sarah: Colony/reservation/camp/library/maps/bookshelves

Huda: Ghetto/workhouse/brothel/prison/side entrance for concubines

Sumayya: Carceral landscape/banlieu/township/location/side alley/ballroom

Sarah: Shebeen/kraal

Sumayya: Surplus women are the agents of the riot.

Sarah, Sumayya, Huda, Gugu:
‘We broke through the earth and now we fall through time
Deep gashes in the ground
We scale the edges of our knowing
What we stand on is not masonry
It is the torn place unhealed
The footholds come from how unclean the break.’ – Alexis Pauline Gumbs 

Yolisa: The methods of struggle are improvised in the cell, improvised in the air, improvised from nothing – Saidiya Hartman

Althea: The riot is like a general strike, a bridge between now and the free territory – Saidiya Hartman

Althea: Nameless and formless, about to be birthed but already felt. – Audre Lorde.

Cornel: Feminists are activists to whom the dignity, rights and futures or women we love matter.

Maladi: The enclosure provides the field for heroic deeds – Saidiya Hartman

Kgaugelo: A woman must hold the knife by its sharp point. – Zulu proverb

Karuni: Was anarchy merely the expression of love and care? – Saidiya Hartman

Kate: ‘We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s OK.’ – Laverne Cox

Huda: The beautiful sentinels are gathered – Saidiya Hartman

Tanzeem:
‘What did she think of herself?
Not much.
Or quite a lot.
Depending on how you looked at it.’ – Arundhati Roy 

Yolisa: The methods of struggle are improvised in the cell, improvised in the air, improvised from nothing – Saidiya Hartman

Althea: The riot is like a general strike, a bridge between now and the free territory – Saidiya Hartman

Althea: Nameless and formless, about to be birthed but already felt. – Audre Lorde.

Cornel: Feminists are activists to whom the dignity, rights and futures or women we love matter.

Maladi: The enclosure provides the field for heroic deeds – Saidiya Hartman

Kgaugelo: A woman must hold the knife by its sharp point. – Zulu proverb

Karuni: Was anarchy merely the expression of love and care? – Saidiya Hartman

Kate: ‘We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s OK.’ – Laverne Cox

Huda: The beautiful sentinels are gathered – Saidiya Hartman

Tanzeem:
‘What did she think of herself?
Not much.
Or quite a lot.
Depending on how you looked at it.’ – Arundhati Roy