After a rocky start, Igazi seems to have shaken off its critics and is becoming a fan favourite, writes Jacqueline Setai
evil spirits and “witch doctors” who use lightning to kill and mirrors to communicate with the spirits.
The show also does another interesting thing: its villains are mainly women and its victims are mostly men. So the actresses have the meaty roles, giving life to complex characters who love and protect their own children but murder in cold blood. Ndara’s Nomarussia is evil but compelling, dressed in Dynasty-style powersuits and heels, she walks over whoever she needs to.
But there are a few things the show gets wrong and its conflation of Pondo and Xhosa cultures is one. In explaining this decision, the producers use creative licence as a defence and it’s a legitimate one. Viewers also discussed this issue on Twitter and some said that creatives should not be hamstrung by tradition in bringing their vision to life.
Yet if art can be seen as a tool of teaching as well as entertainment, did they not have a responsibility to be more careful in their handling of tribal collateral like dress and clan names? Should more care not have been taken to ensure that culture is represented correctly? I think so.
But there is also something that the Ferguson Films team does well and that is bringing its audiences over to its side, even when they don’t get it 100% correct. And this they do by producing damn good drama.
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