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EASTERN Cape-born film­maker and ac­tivist Sinazo Peter is known for speak­ing hard truths and back­ing up her words with ac­tion.

The 25-year-old re­cently grad­u­ated from the Big Fish School of Dig­i­tal Film­mak­ing and is ex­pand­ing her Best Dads Move­ment, which seeks to cre­ate di­a­logue to in­flu­ence young men to be­come good fa­thers to their chil­dren and good part­ners and spouses.

It also tack­les the is­sue of ab­sent fa­thers.

Toda, the Best Dad’s Move­ment is host­ing two pub­lic events against women and child abuse in Nyanga and Gugulethu .

“I am driven by an in­ter­est to see a world where chil­dren live and grow loved and free from the evils of poverty, crime and vi­o­lence,” she said.

Youth Day , for her, means com­mem­o­rat­ing the strug­gle for a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

“I don’t feel like we are yet free to the level of our needs as black peo­ple. At this mo­ment I do not like any­thing about this coun­try. I am angry and emo­tional about the sys­tem, vi­o­lence and our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.”

She still has hopes for a brighter fu­ture for all, and be­lieves this will come about with the youth at the helm.

“Young peo­ple need to be given an op­por­tu­nity to be in high po­si­tions. It doesn’t make sense to be led by peo­ple who do not un­der­stand the frus­tra­tions of peo­ple on the ground. All they care about is them­selves and their fam­i­lies.”

Part of Peter’s work in­cludes trav­el­ling to other coun­tries where she speaks about the chal­lenges fac­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in which she works, in­clud­ing HIV, vi­o­lence and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

In March, she was part of the Re­silient Ci­ties ini­tia­tive in Bel­la­gio, Italy, where she shared her ex­pe­ri­ences as a young leader in­volved in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment work in South Africa.

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