We are the Ase Research Film Project team , a group of four African-American, millennial scholar-activists who have spent the last few years researching for a film project on wealth inequality, progress and race relations in South Africa 25 years since Nelson Mandela’s historic election. This research culminated in a trip to South Africa to film our documentary, ‘Ubuntu Rising: 25 Years Since Apartheid ’, which examines the history of apartheid and the progress South Africa has made toward advancing social and economic equity since the inauguration of the first democratically-elected government in 1994.
Twenty-five years into democracy, South Africa has displayed momentous progress that is undeniably awe-inspiring, but not far below the surface of South African society are the lasting scars of apartheid that place it among the most economically unequal countries in the world. Our team researched and interviewed people across a wide array of demographic backgrounds including race, gender, socio-economic status and age to explore and better understand this inequality. The interviews ranged from former political prisoners and activists, to social entrepreneurs, self-described "recovering racists" and even members of the Mandela clan. This film will take viewers on a journey deep into the history of apartheid, will highlight the reality of progress in the country, and will offer lessons that will help viewers reimagine a future free of the vast inequities that have come characterize far too many of our societies.
At this stage, our team has devoted many hours, many miles and much of our own personal resources into bringing this film through its beginning and middle stages, but WE NEED YOU TO HELP US REACH THE FINANCIAL FINISH LINE! With the last stages remaining being the post-production process and distribution, we need your financial support, likes and shares to be able to spread these important stories of resistance, empowerment and equality with the world. Please consider donating to make this film a reality!
With thanks and appreciation,
The Ase Research Film Project Team:
Aneisha Malcolm, Adisa Duke, Yaovi Ayeh, Devon Crawford, Isabel Morgan and Jamal Grant
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