Rehad is a Cape Town-born filmmaker who returned from exile in 1990 and now lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rehad has a Masters in History and began making documentaries in 1998. He formed Uhuru Productions in 2003 and has been the driving force behind the company ever since. He is also the Chairperson of the Human Rights Media Trust, formed in 2004. Over the course of his time as a filmmaker, he has conceived and produced over 20 documentary films, many of which he has directed or co-directed. Six of these films have been feature length documentaries, produced with significant international participation and have received critical acclaim and wide festival take-up. Rehad is the founder director of the Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival.
Lwazi has enjoyed a relatively prolific career in her short five years of existence in the film industry. As with many filmmakers she ‘found’ herself in the industry by default and executive produced Of Good Report, a multi-award-winning cult classic. She has since formed a joint venture with Spier Films called Mercurial Pictures and continues as executive producer with 5 credits to date. Her passion for the proliferation and sustainability of the South African Film Industry led her to conceptualise and execute CineCulture, a multi-format experiential platform that tackles the gaps in the value chain which hinder film industry growth. She was also a founding board member of SWIFTm a women in film advocacy entity. Lwazi’s leadership and passion for the industry culminated in being awarded a Special Discretionary Simon Sabela Award by MEC Sihle Zikalala for outstanding contribution to the film industry, particularly in KwaZulu Natal.
Award winning Producer, Director, Writer… Richard started his production company Plum Productions in 1983 and has been credited for over 2000 hours of broadcast television programming since then. His more than 40 years of experience spans a variety of genres, including Feature Films, Documentaries, TV Soap, Theatre, Drama and Comedy and a range of television and stage formats. Best known as the Creator and Producer of the multi-award winning M-Net soap; The Wild. (Season 1 of The Wild was nominated for 8 out of 9 possible SAFTAS and won 4 on the night; it was also the first ever SA production to be nominated for a prestigious Banff World Media Award). Richard recently won the “Best Stage Play Script” award (along with writing partner Megan Reeks) from the Writers Guild of South Africa for his one-women showNumber One and is very proud of his latest script incubator project The Scribe Writers Room..
Over the last 30 years Carolyn has produced a number of award winning television drama series, feature length documentaries, South Africa’s first reality TV show, plus produced Cinema and Television Commercials. She recently completed her feature film, THE NUMBER, directed by Khalo Matabane and premiered in Toronto in September at TIFF 2017. She was head of the Newtown Film and Television School (1992-1995) and Manager of Television training at SABC (1995 – 2000) and as a producer she has created and produced numerous youth reality shows for loveLIfe and Broadcast HIV Africa that promote critical thinking amongst youth for South African and Pan-African audiences. She served as a council member on the inaugural South African National, Film and Video Foundation from 1999 -2002 (NFVF) and SASFED representative on the MAPP SETA from 2010/2011.
Kati Ramaphakela is an actor, producer and writer who is the co-owner of the production company Burnt Onion Productions with his brother Tshepo and sister Rethabile, who created and produced the SABC1 sitcoms My Perfect Family and Thuli noThulani, as well as the Vuzu mockumentary Check-Coast, among others. Other television series he has acted in include Scandal!, Check-Coast, Wild at Heart, Isidingo, Backstage and Kota Life Crisis. He also had a major recurring role as Detective Dlamini in the SABC3 comedy-drama series Bedford Wives. Films he has acted in include Blood and Oil, Mary and Martha, Iron Will, Finding Lenny and Journey is the Destination. Katleho has been a head writer on the “Lokshin Bioskop” productions Uyaphapha, Reflections, Check-Coast, 4 Hours, Kasi Superhero and Naledi, among others.
Producer Kethiwe Ngcobo has been in the industry for 27 years. She ran her own company, Fuzebox, for several years and produced a number of critically acclaimed programmes and series, including the documentary Project 10: Belonging (2004), 39 episodes of Thetha Msawawa, which won the UNICEF best children’s drama award in 2001, and 13 episodes of youth drama series Bubomi’ Sana (2004). She was then appointed the first head of drama at the SABC, creating the strategy that changed the face of drama in South Africa. In 2011 Ngcobo left the SABC and became creative producer on satirical comedy feature Gog’ Helen. Next she produced two TV dramas for Fuzebox productions, Thola and Mfolozi Street. In 2015, through Fuzebox, she produced the relationship drama It’s Complicated for Mzansi Magic.