Nayanaya Trust

About Nayanaya Trust

Nayanaya Trust is a nonprofit company that was created in 2013. The company was founded in order to create social change in communities through young women. We cater for mainly young women from previously disadvantaged back grounds who need upskilling and helping them find their VOICE. Some of the work that we do is to motivate young people who are interested in pursuing filmmaking and this is done through workshops and targeted practical filmmaking by creating projects they can participate in through mentorship. Some of our workshops are confidence building workshops which assist the young women to pursue their passions.
Under the Trust we have ‘Yanaya Gender Film and Dialogue Festival’ which is one of our flagships. The idea to create a gender festival came from nayanaya pictures working with the United Nations and Arts and Culture in staging the UNiTE Film Festival for 2 years 2011 – 2012 and finally coming up with a gender report. It was then that Nayanaya Trust felt the need to focus on creating a gender film and dialogue festival to engage with society at large regarding gender issues, LGBTIQ+ issues in mainly rural and peri -urban areas - through the power of images and community participation.
Young women are the drivers of most of the programs, so far, we have mentored, trained and upskilled 131 young women, who some of them have become agents of change in their communities.

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Present project

Young Black Femme
Web Series
Delivery: February 2021
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Young femme and black under COVID19 in South Africa

In critical moments of history such as the current Coronavirus pandemic, many accounts will be made for its varying impact on different economies, states and livelihoods. It is imperative in defining times as these, to undo the collective indifference that renders certain people and groups invisible while accounts of COVID-19 are documented, shared and archived as historical narratives. Erasure has previously suppressed the voices, contributions and presence of women over time, particularly Black, Coloured and Indian women, especially those who are poor and queer, and those who are poor, so it is of utmost importance to prioritize their visibility and equip them to tell their stories at this time.
This web series seeks to uplift the voices of black women in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a space for conversation among and through them that will tell their stories of survival, adaptation, struggle, triumph and innovation at a pivotal time in the world’s history. If they are not empowered to tell their own stories, there will be no representation of them that is not informed by the male gaze. Self-representation is critical. The web series will adopt an intimate, visually poetic and dynamic approach in facilitating conversations with young black women between the ages of 18-29 over a three-month period. (COVID 19 dependent Through these conversations the web series will create a platform for visually compelling and authentic narratives of young black women that can ensure their place in the continuously created history we are living in these times, while hopefully providing a space for other women around the world who may relate to their struggles and triumphs to feel seen, not alone and supported. It is not only documenting history as it is made, but bringing to light important conversations around equality, access, justice, safety and livelihoods.

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