I was cast recently in a short film called “Release” for my end of year 3rd year graduation and the film deals with intimate partner violence. During one of our exhausting rehearsals with my director, where we both felt like we are not finding the true essence of the character “Naledi”. I decided to come up with words that would help me best describe the relationship that Naledi had with her late husband “Kgotso” and a word that stood out was “Trust”. My husband hurts me because he is the only person I trust. The abuse is our secret. I said. This inner monologue with myself gave a different texture to the performance.

One day while sitting with my mom at the Powa Berea office, she told me that Powa was looking for a theme for next year’s anthology. My thoughts at that time were, how would other women re-write/re-tell/re-enact the stories of Karabo Mokoena, Khensani Maseko and all the other women who are in my age group, or older and younger, and how these women were affected by intimate partner violence. These stories would be written to not just pay tribute to them but also show the immense almost draining trust they had for their partners and their brokenness in the process which is the wound. How the wound becomes a huge weight on the relationship and ends it in death. The wound can be interpreted in different ways and forms.

That’s how “wounded trust” was born.

Compiled by Naledi Tshepo Mokwena

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