Alison’s #butterflyrevolution

Christia Visser plays Alison Botha in the film  Picture: The Talented Mr Will
Christia Visser plays Alison Botha in the film Picture: The Talented Mr Will

A new movement against sexual violence against women started on August 1, the first day of National Women’s Month, and reaches Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday at the premiere of the film Alison.

#Butterfly Revolution creator Uga Carlini, who produced and directed the film, will be in Port Elizabeth this week with Alison Botha, and others involved with her story.

“I am looking forward to Thursday – this is one of the ways we want to make a difference because the film is part of the #butterfly revolution,” Carlini said yesterday.

Known internationally by her first name, Alison survived a ripper-style knife attack and rape by two men in 1994 in Port Elizabeth.

She went on to write a best-selling book, I Have Life, which is the basis of the film Alison.

Port Elizabeth NGO Unity in Africa (Uina) is the beneficiary of Thursday night’s premiere as Alison is also an ambassador to Uina’s Women of Worth programme.

The screening will be preceded by a cheese and wine at 6.30pm, followed by a Q&A with Alison.

Several people mentioned in her book will be at the screening and take part in the Q&A.

They include veterinary student Tiaan Eilard who found her, doctors David Comyn and Donald Solomons whose surgery helped to save her life, policeman Melvin Humpel and prosecutor Hannelie Bakker.

Carlini said the #butterflyrevolution had been triggered by the controversial 1999 Charlize Theron “Real men don’t rape” campaign.

“That’s our inspiration, the execution is slightly different,” Carlini said.

“Charlize wasn’t wrong, but things have become even worse since, and we want to know what the real men and real women of this country – of the world – plan to do about it.

“Our revolution is about that butterfly effect – the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever, because we too don’t doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

Carlini said the #RememberKhwezi protest at the weekend, when four young women held placards in front of President Jacob Zuma, also highlighted how ordinary citizens were standing up for gender issues.

“That is part of the revolution that we are starting – they were awesome and I salute them,” Carlini said.

She asked famous South Africans in different sectors to become #butterflyrevolution ambassadors.

Tickets to the premiere are R130 and are on sale at


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