Women Hold Up the Sky

African Women Rise for Climate Justice

National Arts Festival Ovation Awards (2020) – Gold Award

SA Premiere

Availability &
Screening Time:

400 tickets


Sharon Farr & Yaba Badoe & Nelson Makengo


DRC | South Africa | Uganda



Running Time:

36 min


English | Kikongo | Lingala | French | Zulu | Runyoro-Rutooro | Swahili | Runyankore-Rukiga | Lugungu

This mid-length film tells the stories of women climate activists in the DRC, Uganda and South Africa, who face off against the corporate interests behind coal, oil and mega-infrastructure projects that threaten the lives of their communities and the planet. Following their journeys as they fight to build solidarity and take action in the face of violent repression, the film highlights the power of resistance and the capacity of women to make change and to take back control of their land, their rights, their bodies and their lives. At the same time, it doesn’t hold back from documenting the inhumane violence that the women are on the receiving end of. Women, Hold up the Sky is a carefully considered film that keeps the women’s voices and experiences at its centre.

2020 (22nd) Encounters SA International Film Festival