Uprise.Africa, an equity crowdfunding platform, will facilitate fundraising for Reeva Steenkamp documentary.
The company aims to raise R40 million.
The documentary series dubbed ‘My Name is Reeva’, set to be produced by Director and Co-Producer Warren Batchelor and Co-Producer Tony Miguel.
Reeva’s dreams were short-lived after she was brutally murdered on the 14th February 2013 by celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius.
As we commemorate Reeva Steenkamp’s birthday today, a law graduate, aspiring model and reality show contestant who was a household name in South Africa, let us remember her as an individual who had a voice, said Uprise.Africa.
The documentary delves into the personal story of Reeva Steenkamp through the eyes of her loved ones, including her mother June Steenkamp, who wrote a book titled Reeva: A Mother’s Story, and her father Barry.
The intimate tell-all documentary will focus on Reeva, her story, the impact her murder and trial had on her parents, family and close friends. The trial made history as being the first murder trial ever to be televised live in South Africa history, heightening worldwide interest, but failing to reveal the truth of what happened that night.
The ensuing trial was accompanied by a media furore, followed globally. The emphasis, however, was focused primarily on the convicted Oscar Pistorius, giving no voice to the beloved Reeva Steenkamp and tragically it is his version of events that still lingers in people’s minds. He reduced Reeva to being nothing more than a victim. This is not unusual in South Africa, where the rate of femicide is at its peak with hundreds of women murdered daily by their partners. They too are victims without a voice. Reeva’s loved ones want this documentary to stop that trend by giving Reeva Steenkamp a voice from beyond the grave.
“Through this documentary, we are determined to tell Reeva’s story, people will get to see another side that seeks to answer some of the questions that have been left unanswered, the truth and who Reeva was. She would want us to do this for her,” said June Steenkamp.
“Uprise.Africa is proud to be able to facilitate this project especially during Women’s Month on an issue that affects so many women in SA. Investment in this documentary should be seen as our gift to Reeva on what would have been her 34th birthday today. The funding will be open to private funders during the launch and will be open to the public in due course, concludes Tabassum Qadir, CEO of Uprise.Africa.