Julia Jaki, Germany / South Africa, 2022, 75 min., documentary, OmeU
In the small South African town of Bredasdorp, femicide and sexualized violence against women are commonplace. There, social worker Lana O’Neil works tirelessly to help those affected and offers them refuge in a women’s shelter – the only one in the region. The government does not provide any significant support, and Lana’s “safe house” is soon in danger. DORPIE makes clear how inequality, poverty and violence affect the lives of those seeking refuge in the women’s shelter and how important political support would be at this point. This insightful character study, created over a five-year period, shows a woman who makes the most of her leadership skills at the grassroots level, but swims against the tide, pushing her to her breaking point.