Cry Like a Boy
Cry Like a Boy
Mar 18, 2021
Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: Redemption
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In this episode, we explore the unknown world of the zama zamas, clandestine miners who are scavenging for gold in the world's deepest abandoned mines of South Africa. Our guests touch upon the condition of the women of illegal miners but also on the positive forms of masculinities that emerge from underground. 

Mpiwa Mangwiro has explored the social consequences of the extractive industry in South Africa, and Rosalind Morris is an award-winning anthropologist who has launched a project devoted to the zama zamas, featuring a documentary and several short films.

This show has been produced by Khopotso Bodibe, in Johannesburg; Pascalinah Khabi in Maseru, Lesotho; Lillo Montalto Monella, Marta Rodríguez Martinez, Naira Davlashyan, Arwa Barkallah and Mame Peya Diaw in Lyon. Special thanks go to Lory Martinez and Clizia Sala from Studio Ochenta. The music theme by Gabriel Dalmasso.

Like this episode? Share your thoughts on how you have challenged your view on what it means to be a man using the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy. This podcast is also available in French: Dans la tête des Hommes.

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