In our first episode of The noted.man Podcast, we talk to the Documentary Filmmaker, Lebogang Rasethaba about fatherhood, baking, identity, optimism and Patriarchy.
Mr Lebogang Rasethaba values being a father, above all else. But he is also a successful filmmaker, who happens to be a CIS-het black, African, husband (if you read his recent piece for noted.man, you will also know that he is also handy with the pen). These are all important pillars of the versatile director’s identity. In just the last five years, he has brought all his solves into directing “The People vs.” documentary series; a documentary portrait of struggle veteran Mr Andrew Mlangeni; a slew of commercials; music videos and the definitive South African millennial music documentary. In early 2020, his Nike brand film profiling world champion distance runner Ms Caster Semenya has given him global attention, with his name being linked with some pretty important international work.
2017’s The People vs. Patriarchy persists as a pivotal moment in South Africa’s often-messy public dialogue about male supremacy that went on to expose Rasethaba to a kind of scrutiny unprecedented in his professional life. He speaks for the first time about the pain that film carries and the bleak realisations it cemented about men. You can listen to the podcast below.
An edited version of this conversation is published in the latest issue of The Edit Man, available in print and online to subscribers of the Sunday Times over here.