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.
by Jyoti Mistry
with Napo Masheane
South Africa / Austria 2020 English 20’ Black/White World premiere | Documentary form


  • Napo Masheane (Spoken Word Artist)


Director Jyoti Mistry
Screenplay Jyoti Mistry, Napo Masheane
Editing Nikki Comninos
Sound Peter Cornell
Producer Florian Schattauer
Co-Producer Florian Schattauer
Co-Production Süd Nord Film Wien

Produced by

Blackboard Trust

Jyoti Mistry

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.


2005 We Remember Differently; Short film 2006 I Mike What I Like 2010 Le loeuf sur le toit 2011 09:21:25; Short film 2014 Impunity 2017 When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Black Man; Short film 2020 Cause of Death; Short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020