A Woman’s Place

Directors: Patricia Van Heerden and Catherine Stewart
Country: South Africa
Year: 1998
Running Time: 28 min.
Language: English and Xhosa

A Woman Place

Can new laws change old ways? A Woman’s Place presents the question by exploring the conflicts between tradition and change through the stories of women using the legal system to secure newly won rights. In this film, a town’s first female magistrate of a small rural South African town fights to guarantee women the right to property and independence.

About the Director

Patricia Van Heerden and Catherine Stewart

Biography: Patricia Van Heerden grew up on a cattle farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa. She completed her Bachelors’ degrees in social science and teaching at the University of Cape Town, and she completed her Masters in history and documentary film. Now she is currently working to finish a Ph.D. at New York University. She went on to co-direct A Woman’s Place, screened on PBS stations across America, India and South Africa. She has taught history and film at New York University, as well as the University of the Witwatersrand.

Biography: Catherine Stewart attended Columbia University’s MFA Film Program and worked for Tristar/Columbia’s Feature Film Development Office in New York before returning to South Africa in 1993. In Johannesburg, she lectured at Wits University in screenwriting and directing documentaries for SABC.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
A Woman’s Place (2000).

Filmography:
A Woman’s Place (1998).