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Meet Our 2018 Impact Bootcamp Speakers & Participants!

We are excited to introduce you to Encounters UCT Impact Bootcamp supported by Bertha Foundation 2018 speakers and participants!


Liani Maasdorp

Senior Lecturer (Centre for Film and Media Studies at University of Cape Town)

Liani is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. She convenes the Master of Documentary Arts degree programme and is the academic director of the UCT TV Studio and Stepping Stone community engagement video training programme and co-founder of the ScreenCubator film and media talent developer. Recent documentary work includes producer of Strike a Rock (Audience award: Encounters International Documentary Film Festival 2017; official selection: IDFA 2017) and executive producer of Finding Freedom (official selection: Durban International Film Festival 2016).  Liani previously worked as a documentary editor and television director.

Aliki Saragas

Documentary Filmmaker/Photographer

Aliki is a South African documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Johannesburg. After completing her MA in Documentary Arts at the University of Cape Town cum laude, in 2015 she started her own documentary production company, Elafos Productions, to champion women’s stories.Her photojournalism has been featured in Al Jazeera Online, she has lectured at post-graduate symposiums and her work has been referenced by Pulitzer Prize winner, Greg Marinovich.

Aliki drives the Advocacy team and sits on the board for the newly formed Sisters Working In Film and Television Organisation (SWIFT), having released research and campaigns on Sexual Harassment in the South African Film and Television Industry. In 2018, Aliki participated in the IDF Academy for emerging filmmakers. Aliki’s first documentary feature film, Strike A Rock, participated in Good Pitch Kenya in 2016 and the European Documentary Network pitch and received funding from the Bertha Foundation, the IDFA Bertha Fund, the NFVF South Africa and Women Make Movies.  Strike A Rock has subsequently won numerous awards including Best South African Documentary twice, Amnesty International Award for human rights, Leila Doss Impact award from International Association for Women Women Working in Radio and Television and was a finalist for the SIMA impact awards. Strike a Rock was the opening night film at Encounters International Documentary Festival and has subsequently screened at numerous local and international festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, Toronto Black Film Festival and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Strike a Rock is now represented by Taskovski Films. Strike A Rock together with Sikhala Sonke Women's organisation in Marikana has launched a large impact campaign to demand justice and accountability for the community of Marikana, by hosting over 60 impact screenings worldwide and a community based screening tour.

Khosie Dali

Sunshine Cinema (Cape Town)

Khosie is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, photographer, traveller and lover of life. She’s been in the film industry for ten years working as a freelancer with big and small companies on commercials, TV Series, music videos and movies. CPUT is where she finished her Multimedia Diploma, after matriculating from Westering High in Port Elizabeth. Her interest in anything creative has led her to meet a lot of inspirational individuals, and through Sunshine Cinema has been able to make meaningful impact to the community by bringing solar powered cinemas and sharing stories that matter.

Arthur Pratt


Arthur is a Sierra Leonean filmmaker and community leader based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Arthur is a co-founder of the Sierra Leone Film Council, the country’s first media makers’ union. He has started and leads multiple community film and theater groups, collaboratively writing and performing numerous films and plays with ex-combatants, former child prostitutes and community members. He is a co-founder and manager of the WeOwnTV Freetown Media Center in Sierra Leone.  He has numerous credits and awards for the films and plays he has produced. Film credits include: CHARITY 2010 (Writer/Director) which received festival awards at the Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, Cinema by the Bay San Francisco, and Semana del Cine Experimental de Madrid, Spain. Black Sugar 2011 (Director, Writer, & Camera), They Resisted 2011 (Director/Writer), Hustler 2011 (Director, Writer & Camera), Gift of My Eyes 2012(Camera & Editor), M'Pora 2012 (Camera & Editor), Land Grab 2012 (Director/Camera/Editor), Winter In Freetown 2015 (Producer/Editor) and SURVIVORS (Director)

Rowan Pybus

Sunshine Cinema (Cape Town)

Rowan was given the Ndebele name Makhulu Khanda as a baby. This translates as “big head”. He has tried not to live up to this name after founding Makhulu Media and Sunshine Cinema with Sydelle Willow Smith. Makhulu creates campaigns for various UN agencies as well as trusted philanthropic organizations. Sunshine Cinema distributes impactful media via its network of roaming solar powered cinemas. Currently working on a 360 film viewed in clinics aimed at decreasing stigma towards those seeking knowledge about their HIV status with Google, CRF, and UNAIDS. #SparkConversation #ethicalmedia @makhulu_ @sunshinecinema

Anita Kanna

Impact Producer/Scriptwriter

Anita studied screenwriting in the UK and started scripting documentaries in 2002. Anita’s writing and producing credits include: Born into Struggle, Bushman’s Secrets, Miners Shot Down, The Giant Is Falling. She produced and co-directed the Alexandra My Alexandra history documentary series and wrote and produced an award winning feminist drama series, Mating Game (SABC). She was the Outreach Director of the first satellite version of the Good Pitch that took place in Johannesburg in 2011. Anita is the director of the Tri Continental Social Impact Film Festival and watches hundreds of documentaries each year to put together a programme that speaks to the most urgent issues facing southern African audiences with a view to developing new audiences for documentary. Anita is also an award winning Impact Producer (BritDoc Impact Award 2015).

Elaine Maane

Regional Training Officer(Steps -Cape Town)

EIaine has been part of the STEPS team for over 10 years, as the regional training officer. She is also a mother of  one. In 2009, she wrote a book about herself through which she talks about being a single parent. As a woman,  activism comes naturally to her. She is passionate about people and creating platforms to talk about change and taking responsibility. At STEPS, she continue her activism through working with various communities in the seven countries they have partnered with to impact change using facilitated film screenings. At home, she unwinds by watching Tom & Jerry.

Nishara Rajah Naidoo


Nishara has more than 20 years experience in the local and international film and television industries in writing, directing, cinematography, producing, distribution, marketing, education, strategy and new business development in Southern, West and East Africa, UK, USA and Canada

Her qualifications include:

  • Master of Business Administration Degree (UK)
  • MBA Specialisation In The Business Of Entertainment (USA)
  • AVEA Diploma In Interntional Film And Television Producing (SA)
  • Master Of Fine Arts Degree: Film Production (CANADA)
  • Bachelor Of Arts Honours Degree: Media Studies (SA)

She consults and mentors on:

  • Business/company strategy and new business development
  • Project research, development, packaging, financing and pitching
  • Transmedia/crossmedia/multi-platform design
  • Impact strategy and producing
Rebecca Lichtenfeld
 Bertha (New York)

"Auditing Participants"

Darsha Indrajith

Communications Officer (Social Justice Coalition)

Darsha is the communications officer at the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). The SJC, based in Khayelitsha, works to advance the rights of all residents of South Africa, but particularly those in informal settlements. Darsha has previously taught Digital Media at Rhodes University and worked as a multimedia journalist in Johannesburg. She is completing her MA in Journalism & Media Studies with a focus on how womxn in the South Asian diaspora use digital media to express intersectional feminist concerns.

Margherita Di Paolo

Film Festival Curator/ Producer/Activist

Margherita has been curating Film Festivals content for: Venice Biennale, Rome International Film Festival, Aruba International Film Festival, NY Sci-Fi Film Festival, Joburg Film Festival, Tri Continental Film Festival and EU Film Festival in South Africa since 2008.  In tandem with her programming expertise, Margherita manages international crews and teams for international productions.

Margherita was born and raised in Sicily. She graduated at the University of Roma TRE in Social Science in 2005 Magna cum Laude. The same year she moved to Los Angeles where she attended the Los Angeles Film School and worked for 9 years. In February 2014 Margherita moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she currently lives and works.


Nondumiso Buthelezi

City /Province: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Title: Filmmaker/Content Producer

Nondumiso is an emerging filmmaker with over 6 years’ experience in the TV industry. Over the years, she has worked as a content researcher/producer and insert director on a number of docu-reality shows. She is a Big Fish School of Documentary Filmmaking graduate and her graduation film, Oswenka has won 3 awards. Nondumiso is a Talents Durban alumnus. In 2017 she registered her company, Zenkosi Films, and is currently in production for her first feature length documentary called, Meet you at the altar.

Liezel Vermeulen

City/Province: Cape Town, Western Cape

Title: Freelance Line Editor/Social Media Editor

Liezel is a freelance line producer during the day and the DFA newsletter and social media editor at night. She has extensive experience in administering the DTI Film & TV incentive and has contributed to DTI policy papers in the areas of animation, post-production and documentary incentives across a range of genres.  She has been a television lecturer at university level, supervised production teams in documentary, animation and wildlife but docs will always be her first love.

Thembisile Magwaza

City/Province: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Title: Junior Creative

Thembisile Magwaza holds a BA degree in Audio-visual Production Management with the University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus. Having worked in various productions, in 2012 she got accepted for the DStv Film Skills Development Programme where she got exposed to documentary filmmaking. Whilst in the program, a documentary she co-produced and edited, got screened in number of film festivals including Montreal, Tri Continental and Silicon Valley where it won best short film. Currently she works as a Creative for a production company where she conceptualizes, develops, writes and creates content for TV.

Miki Redelinghuys

City/Province: Cape Town, Western Cape

Title: Documentary Filmmaker/Storyteller

Miki likes telling stories with a camera. Humanity interests, inspires and often disappoints her. She’s been making documentaries for a while and keeps threatening to stop and become a small-scale farmer instead. But then another story enters her life. Her most recent documentary, This Land (2017), dealt with the land struggle in rural South Africa.In Mother City, she turns her lens on the urban landscape that is her home.

Tsenolo Mabale

City/Province: Pretoria, Gauteng

Title: Film & Television Producer/Writer

Tshenolo Mabale grew up in Mahikeng, the former homeland of Bophuthatswana, which is now the North West Province. Dubbed the “Home of Entertainment”, Mafikeng and it’s buzzing creative energy propelled Tshenolo to explore her creativity in its various forms. Starting off organizing arts and music events and eventually writing reviews for local talent shows (that groomed the likes of Cassper Nyovest & Fifi Cooper), Tshenolo entrenched herself in her work. This eventually led to her working as a production assistant for the satellite festival in Mahikeng hosted by the Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Cape Town). Through this, Tshenolo got the opportunity to interact with producers, directors and writers, locally and globally, and finally decided to pursue her first love: writing. She got her first professional break in 2011 scriptwriting for the ekasi: Our Stories series for etv.  Since then, Tshenolo has went on to storyline and write scripts for television shows such as Scandal! on etv, Greed & Desire, Ikhaya, and the popular Lockdown 1 & 2 on Mzansi Magic.

Roxanne Dalton

City/Province: Cape Town,Western Cape

Title: Documentary Filmmaker/Sound Designer

Roxanne is a documentary filmmaker living in Cape Town who is constantly on the look out for compelling stories and creative ways those stories can impact the world at large. Her experience has spanned working as a sound designer on one of South Africa’s first animation feature films, to directing and producing ‘Finding Freedom’, a feature length documentary that premiered at the 2016 Durban International Film Festival and went onto to win a SAFTA Award. She is currently in development with a new virtual reality documentary project that was recently selected to be a part of the 2018 Digital Lab Africa.

 Velisa Jara

City/Province: Cape Town, Western Cape

Title: Student/Activist

Velisa lives in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. She is a member of Free Gender Wish, an NGO based in Khayelitsha, which does advocacy works for a number of local cases of hate crime and corrective rape of young women in the community. She is also passionate about photography and addressing the South African justice system's  failure to protect the rights of vulnerable groups especially black lesbians women. She is also a lead facilitator for an NGO called, The Children Radio Foundation and work with young reporters in  Khayelitsha. Currently she is studying Digital Filmmaking and Citizen Journalism at Big Fish in Cape Town. She has exhibited her photography work at the Pride and Loss in Amsterdam and in New York in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Molatelo Mainetje

City/Province: Tzaneen, Limpopo

Title: Producer/Documentary Filmmaker

Molatelo Mainetje is an award winning television news and current affairs producer and documentary filmmaker, and the founder of Bolobathaba Media. She’s the winner of 2007 United Nations Media Peace Award, TV News and Current Affairs category. Molatelo's work produced under her company Bolobathaba Media, has been broadcast and screened internationally. She is also the founder of Storytelling Firsthand Filmmaking Project in rural South Africa, where she trains young people in filmmaking and television production. She's currently mentoring 22 unemployed graduates on an internship programme the company she founded hosts, with support from MICT SETA.

Marion Seymour

City/Province: Cape Town,Western Cape

Title: Broadcast Media Consultant/Student

Marion has been in the TV and Film industry for well over 15 years, working her way up from Personal Assistant to Executive Producer, to Senior Production Manager for TVC's.  In her last job, she managed a team of Production Managers and worked at the training and mentorship of new industry professionals.  After experiencing workplace racism for the first time last year, Marion has decided to use her skills in the industry to create a film that explains this phenomena. Marion is currently enrolled in a postgraduate course in Political Communication at UCT's Centre for Film and Media Studies, where her creative project is centred around issues of internalized racism.  She also works as a Broadcast Media Consultant to other filmmakers, helping them publicize their film-related projects.  She is attending The Impact Producing Bootcamp to help her understand the audience for her student film, in hopes to take it mainstream after graduation.

Imameleng Masitha

City/Province: Cape Town/Western Cape

Title: Filmmaker /Aspiring Impact Producer

Imameleng is a black female living in the Cape Flats community. She is a filmmaker and aspiring impact producer. At present, she is a communications and advocacy coordinator for Thope Foundation an organization, which focus on STEM education for girls as well as reproductive health and leadership. Thope Foundation also started the first girls’ school in Khayelitsha called Molo Mhlaba school a ISTEAM school for girls. She is also passionate about documentary filmmaking and photography. She obtained a National Certificate in Film and Television Production through Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking as well as an NQF6 in Digital Marketing through Red &Yellow School of Logic & Magic. She a mentor for Dram Girls Academy, which runs a mentorship programme for girls.

Amit Makan

City/Province: Cape Town, Western Cape

Title: CEO and Founder of African News Agency Video (ANA Video)

Amit has background in business, public policy and documentary filmmaking. In the film space, he has performed roles as Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Editor in the making of 2 cross-country documentary short films about mental health set in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, India and Nepal. He is currently the CEO and Founder of African News Agency Video (ANA Video), a commercial and editorial video production and distribution company which houses Video360, Africa's first open access digital video content platform. He is also the CEO and Founder of Voices360, an online African Thought Leadership platform giving citizens a voice and intended to shape public policy, and to make a difference. Amit hopes to produce more commercially sustainable films which have impact, that can help people heal, and make a difference to the world in future. He also helped establish and lead a newly formed consortium known as Tshwaranang Media to bid for the ICASA Free to Air Television License on the digital spectrum in South Africa. 

Enver Samuel

City/Province: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Title: Producer/Director

Enver was born in South Africa. He grew up in England, Ghana and Zambia. He has studied both practical and theoretical aspects of Film and Television both locally and abroad, in England, Australia and Germany.  A scholarship enabled him to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia (1990 - 1992).  Enver was placed on a work placement at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Sydney. He  returned to South Africa and joined ground breaking independent T.V production company Talent Consortium as a producer/director from 1993 to 1995.  He also spent 3 months at Yorkshire T.V, England on a work exchange programme in 1995. 

The lure of one of South Africa’s then leading film and video producers - Prime Time International, was too much to refuse and Enver joined them as an in-house producer/director working on flagship shows like Front Row for Mnet. In June 1996 he took the bold step to join the ranks of the freelance world as a producer/director (EMS Productions) working on numerous television productions and high profile corporate videos, combining this with lecturing in Television Journalism/Production at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ).

In addition to being a member of the Film and Publication Board (FPB) since 1998 - 2014, Enver currently serves on The National Film & Video Foundation’s (NFVF) training and bursary committee.  From 2012 to present he has been a South African Film & Television Award Judge (SAFTA). Enver has worked on various productions that were SAFTA nominated, including a SAFTA win for Solving It. Henver has facilitated a 3 week training course in Zambia for the Zambian Media Institute of Communications for television producers.  He has also trained television producers at Uganda’s WBS TV.   He is also a mentor for emerging producer/directors for the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission.