Cause of Death

Women’s bodies are always at risk. An autopsy report describes the physical impact on the body that results in death but hides the structural and recurrent violence on women’s bodies that leads to femicide. Through archival film footage, animation and spoken word poetry an experience of structural violence against women is exposed.

Director Biography

Born in Durban, South Africa in 1970, she works with film as an interplay between cinematic traditions and installation art. Her films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Winterthur, Rotterdam and Durban and in exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Kunsthalle Wien. She has been artist in residence at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was a member of the International Short Film Jury at the 68th Berlinale. She is currently professor for film at the University of Gothenburg.


Jyoti Mistry


South Africa, Austria








19 min.

A History of Violence

Saturday, 4 September 20:15 - 21:36 / Kijkhuis 1
81 min.

Also in this session

1. Weekend
Ario Motevaghe, 7 min.
2. Cause of Death
Jyoti Mistry, 19 min.
3. Lizard
Akinola Davies, 18 min.
4. Canary
Risto-Pekka Blom, 7 min.
5. Horacio
Caroline Cherrier, 10 min.
6. The Last Ferry From Grass Island
Linhan Zhang, 14 min.