The People versus Patriarchy screened last night on MTV. The sequel looks at gender-based violence in South Africa, and highlights pertinent conversations about rape culture, womxn’s lived experiences and emotional labour. South Africans were tuned in in droves, and the responses ranged from thought-provoking to inspiring to triggering to mildly hopeful.

The documentary is a follow-on from the The People versus the Rainbow Nation, which focused on Fees Must Fall. Director Lebogang Rasethaba partnered with MTV Base to make the sequel. He said that ‘The conversation developed after we made The People versus the Rainbow Nation. Because none of these films give conclusive accounts of the topics they unpack, we had always envisioned the films as part of a series.’

He also commented on his hopes for the film and the way forward: ‘I think once we all recognise the patriarchy within, then hopefully we will start walking the journey of dismantling patriarchy within ourselves and then the spaces we occupy.’

Here are some of the most powerful responses:

Rape culture in a nutshell:

This point is finally starting to sink in: 

And that the patriarchy can also be supported by women:

Rape culture was challenged across the board: 


And the ball is being placed in men’s courts, at last: 

If you missed it, the documentary repeats on Friday at 22:50, Sunday at 21:00 and Monday at 22:00 on Channel 130. You can watch the trailer below.